BILL News

Mark Bairstow – From Amputation to Disability Adviser

It was really good to hear from Mark Bairstow again. You may remember that Mark very kindly let us publish his moving diary when he was facing up to the elective amputation of his foot. It was understandably a very emotional and worrying time for him and inspiring to read how he faced up so… View Article

More Important Dates from OPUS

Herewith 2 dates for your 2019 diary from the very pro-active OPUS (Orthotic Prosthetic Users Stanmore). We’re very grateful to OPUS for keeping us informed about these events, which are open to all. Why not go along to RNOH, Stanmore, HA7 4LP or the Battle Axes at Butterfly Lane, WD6 3AD and meet them… 1. HUB… View Article

“Billy-the-Whizz” Back on Track! Double Amputee, Billy, Back Behind the Wheel…

Did anyone see the BBC programme about Billy Monger last night (BBC 2 documentary ‘Driven: The Billy Monger Story’ Monday 19 October at 9pm)? Billy first got behind the wheel of a vehicle at the age of three, when his father, a former kart racer, bought him his first go-kart and had been racing vehicles… View Article
A Chance to Have Your Say About Prosthetic Services…

A Chance to Have Your Say About Prosthetic Services…

…OPUS (Orthotic and Prosthetic Users Stanmore) have invited the Commissioning and Engagement Team who are completing the NHS England Review into prosthetic services to a meeting at Stanmore RNOH. ALL users of the service are welcome to attend this meeting. Date: Wednesday 14th Nov Time: 2pm Place: Room A, Prosthetic Centre, RNOH All users from… View Article

Child and Teen Amputee Testers Required for Comfort Socks!

Here’s an interesting offer from Sarah Dean, Managing Director of Limb Comforts UK, the lovely family company that we brought to your attention very recently. Limb Comforts UK is looking for children and teenagers who would be willing to act as product testers for their Comfort Socks. As well as looking great, these individual, handmade… View Article
If you are over 18 and have an upper limb prosthesis, please help with valuable research

If you are over 18 and have an upper limb prosthesis, please help with valuable research

You may remember that we were contacted a couple of years ago by Andrew Hodrien, a PhD researcher from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford (Manchester, UK). Andrew has been conducting research with people who have lost an upper limb through amputation and people with congenital upper limb absence. The research… View Article

Alex Lewis to Climb Res Dashen Mountain in Ethiopia

As you may have seen on the BBC news last night, the inspirational Alex Lewis is going to take on the challenge of climbing Res Dashen mountain in Ethiopia. “Alex was diagnosed with a Strep A infection in 2013 which developed into blood poisoning. It led to the loss of all his limbs and the infection… View Article

Jo’s Odd Shoes – more information on this enterprising initiative…

You’ll remember that we recently mentioned Jo’s Odd Shoes on our Facebook Page. I now have some more information from Jo on the background of this initiative. As you’ll see, Jo is delighted to hear from people who have odd shoes to offer or swap so if like Jo you have a load of unused… View Article

A Great new Venture! Little Legs from Legs4Africa is up and Running!

We’ve received a heart-warming message from Sue Pownall, Project Co-ordinator for a brilliant new venture, Little Legs, which has been set up by Legs4Africa. Legs4Africa is a charity we’ve featured before and you can refresh your memory by following the link at the bottom of the post to read previous information about them and by… View Article

A Brand New Company Bringing Comfort to Amputees. Say Hello to Limb Comforts UK!

It was lovely to be contacted by Sarah-Jane Dean with the news that she has started her own family business, Limb Comforts UK, crocheting bespoke stump socks for amputees.  We’re delighted to support this thoughtful and very enterprising young woman whose intention is to provide more comfort to those with amputations or limb difference.  Great… View Article

NHS England Prosthetic Review – Important Information from OPUS

Please read and then act on this important information from OPUS.    OPUS have invited the Commissioning and Engagement Team who are completing the NHS England Review into prosthetic services to a meeting at Stanmore RNOH. (Brockley Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP) ALL users of the service are welcome to attend this meeting.     Date:    Wednesday 14th Nov     Time:     2PM… View Article

Take a Look at the Amazing Mountain Trike!

We were very pleased to hear from Roger Crawford of Mountain Trike Company that the company is going from strength to strength with new models recently introduced. Read on to hear more from Roger: We are of course, still producing our ever popular lever propelled Mountain Trike which is the mainstay of the Mountain Trike… View Article

Please Help with Valuable Research Into Lower Limb Amputation as a Result of Diabetes or Peripheral Vascular Disease

Graeme Ambler has contacted us to ask if we can spread the word regarding some valuable research. Please do help with this research if you can, it will only take about 15 minutes of your time and could benefit lower limb amputees and people associated with them. The closing date for responses in round 1… View Article

Amputee Volunteers Urgently Required to Take Part in a Transtibial Pilot Study

We have been contacted by Patricia Acosta who is urgently seeking volunteer amputees for a transtibial pilot study. Please contact Patricia at your earliest convenience if you feel you are in a position to help her as this kind of research can ultimately be of benefit to other amputees and we are very keen to… View Article

A Few Places Left on the OPUS Amputee Indoor Skydive

We have a few places left for our indoor skydive, this is now open to everyone. Friends and family welcome to book. Hurry as places are very limited. Please email OPUS for more details of how to book: OPUS-rnoh@outlook.com 

Wonder Moms – a New Blog with Parents of Children with Special Needs in Mind

We were grateful to hear from Christy, owner and writer for Wonder Moms, a Blog for parents of children with special needs. Christy, who has a non-verbal son and was concerned about how he would fare during the transition to adulthood (a difficult transition for most at the best of times!), had done a lot… View Article

Challenges People with Disabilities Face as Parents

We’re grateful to Dana, who has sent previous information to the Useful Links pages of the BILL section of the DBF website for sending us this article, which is included in the Useful Links Page under Independent Living. The article contains a number of informative links. These will open in separate tabs.  Image via Pexels… View Article

Steel Bones Celebration Day

We’re delighted to share that Steel Bones will be having a Celebration Day to give cheer for all they’ve achieved, on Sunday 29th July at the Beeches, Isleham from 10.00am-4.00pm. Numbers are limited to 150 on a first come first served basis, so if you’d like to be there, please be sure to contact Emma… View Article
Stewart’s Diary – A Follow Up and a Request for Advice or Information on Post-Amputation Pain

Stewart’s Diary – A Follow Up and a Request for Advice or Information on Post-Amputation Pain

Late last year we were contacted by Stewart who underwent an elective amputation of his right foot in August having suffered years of pain. Stewart had written a diary of his experiences in the lead up to the operation and asked if we’d be interested in publishing it on the website in the hope that… View Article

Stumps & Cranks Now Available Through Your Local Library!

We’re delighted to hear from Sonia Sanghani, writer of the excellent “Stumps & Cranks”, a cycling guide for amputees, that her book is now available through the local library system.  Stumps & Cranks, An Introduction to Amputee Cycling, is a great book, helpful, informative and encouraging and, being a double amputee and a burgeoning cyclist,… View Article

2nd Part of Junior Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot’s, Sporting Journey

I’m proud and delighted to present the 2nd instalment of our Junior Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Thomas Talbot’s, story of his sporting journey. Thomas was born with cerebral palsy but hasn’t let it stop him in his quest to succeed in his chosen sport of RaceRunning. He is such an inspiration to all,… View Article
Below-Knee Amputees: Please Support This Useful Research

Below-Knee Amputees: Please Support This Useful Research

Research: The effect of target size on the control and accuracy of foot placement in uni-lateral transtibial amputees. We have been contacted by Michael Haley who is a postgraduate sport and clinical biomechanics student at Liverpool John Moores University. He is undertaking a research project as part of his degree programme and is looking for… View Article

Very Positive News and a Big Meet Update from OPUS (Orthotic & Prosthetic Users Stanmore)

We’re delighted to hear that OPUS (Orthotic and Prosthetic Users Stanmore) is going from strength to strength with numbers growing steadily and enquiries being received from further and further afield. As mentioned in an earlier post, they have now formed links with STEP UP!, Luton, and are hoping that users from other centres will join… View Article

Join STEP UP! and OPUS for Afternoon Tea at Dobbies

OPUS (Orthotic & Prosthetic Users Stanmore) will be joining STEP UP!, The Luton Limb Fitting Centre User Group, for Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 16th May and all supporters are invited to join them. As you can see, the tea looks delicious (and amazing value!). If you’d like to join these 2 friendly groups for a… View Article
Next Generation of Disabled Children to Benefit From Government Investment in Sports Prosthetics

Next Generation of Disabled Children to Benefit From Government Investment in Sports Prosthetics

HUNDREDS of children with limb loss are set to benefit from a further £1.5 million investment into sports and activity prosthetics under plans announced by Care Minister Caroline Dinenage today. The next stage of a Government fund for sports prosthetics – launched in March 2016 – will mean children who have suffered limb loss or… View Article

News (and a chance to try indoor Skydiving!) from OPUS

Here is the latest news from OPUS (Orthotic and Prosthetic Users Stanmore). This very pro-active group, based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital) always has something exciting in the pipeline and this time it’s….indoor skydiving! So – if you’d like the opportunity to give it a try, why not go along to The Big Meet… View Article

Amputees Sought to Help with Research

  We’ve been contacted by Ottillie Cook, a student who hopes to improve the lot of amputees through her chosen research project. She is looking for amputees to take part  and provide information so if you think you can help Ottillie, please contact her via the email address below.  As you’ll see, all responses have… View Article

Mitt. Reimagining the Upper Limb Prosthesis. You can help….

Yet more exciting innovations from Imperial College! We were delighted to hear from Nate Macabuag who, with his project partner, Josh Chidwick, is a final year mechanical engineering student at Imperial College, London. Working closely with patients with limb loss, Nate and Josh are reimagining the upper limb prosthesis with particular regard to tackling the key… View Article

8 Health Benefits of Swimming (and some tips too….)

We were delighted to be contacted by Jess Miller who writes for the excellent Jen Reviews and has just finished this article on swimming that she thought might be useful for us to add to the Website. With swimming being such a beneficial sport for people with disabilities and able-bodied alike and also being a… View Article

The Dambusters Cycle Ride

Thanks to the commitment and determination of our wonderful Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins, the Damusters will ride again in 2018! The ride will take place this year on Sunday 13th May, which is very auspicious as it will be the actual date of the 75th Anniversary of the famous World War 2 Dambuster Raids! Now in… View Article

Sponsor a Plant for Limbcare’s Well Being Garden

Ray Edwards, Chairman of the great charity, Limbcare, has contacted us about this inspiring idea. Almost everyone, whether or not a keen gardener, is aware of the beneficial properties of flowers and plants and a garden bringing awareness of the challenges faced by amputees is a wonderful idea. The garden will be on view at… View Article

HSBC UK Disability Hub Dates for your Diary

An update from Phil Ball, Senior Development Officer of British Cycling, on their latest Hub Dates. HSBC UK Disability Hubs are coached cycling sessions for riders with physical and/or learning disabilities, who want to improve their skill, fitness and performance levels.  British Cycling Hi all I just wanted to give you an update and make… View Article

An Opportunity to get your Home or Garden a Makeover and Appear on Television!

Alan Titchmarsh and his team are looking for inspiring people for the ITV1 programme ‘Love Your Home and Garden’. If you know any deserving individuals or families that are in need of adapting their current home environment then we would love to help. If you or your nominee would be happy to share your story… View Article

Brilliant to see a Young Amputee Literally Reaching New Heights

I wonder who saw Isabelle Weall, a 14 year old quadruple amputee, on the One Show yesterday?  This inspiring teenager had to have all 4 limbs amputated when she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis when 7 years old. Izzy was taken ill just hours after going into school as normal and, at one stage, was… View Article

OPUS Dates for your Diary!

Herewith the latest information from the very pro-active group OPUS (Orthotic and Prosthetic Users Stanmore) with 2 dates for your diary. OPUS is a voluntary users group working alongside the RNOH to provide an effective forum for all RNOH Orthotic and Prosthetic Department users, their families and carers. OPUS aims to establish a network of… View Article

A B/K Amputation – Hospital Diary Notes by Stewart

We were contacted by Stewart, who had recently undergone a below knee amputation. This wasn’t a decision he came to lightly, but after years of intense and unremitting pain caused by ulcers in his ankle and foot, numerous hospital stays and enforced weeks off work he, with the support and encouragement of his family and… View Article

Meeting Updates from OPUS

Some new dates for your diary from OPUS (Orthotic and Prosthetic Users Stanmore). This excellent organisation, based at  The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, has 2 new meeting dates for 2018: The OPUS Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday 18th January 2018 at the Prosthetic Rehabilitation Unit, RNOH, Brockley Hill, Stanmore, HA7 4LP  “The… View Article

Some Useful Links

We’re very grateful to Sarah Brian who has gone to the trouble of contacting us with these very useful links you may not have come across before. Sarah works as a librarian and, through her profession, has a particular interest in helping to empower people with stories and knowledge.  These links have also been added to… View Article

November eNews from PACE Rehabilitation

Please follow the link to open PACE Rehabilitation’s latest eNews (November 17) and see what this inspiring organisation has been up to recently. It sometimes seems almost unbelievable the speed with which prostheses have developed over the past few years and the possibilities and support that exist now for amputees. Sir Douglas Bader, such a… View Article

LimbPower FUNdamental Skills Workshop

  LimbPower FUNdamental Skills Workshop Saturday 18th November – 10.00am – 4.00pm Forum Square, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 5RX For children between 5–18 who have an activity limb. Develop: skills to help your child take part in school PE their confidence and self-esteem new skills  have fun meet other children with a similar disability Your child… View Article

Ahoy Me Hearties! RLUG Great Day on the Canal with the DBF

Roehampton Limb User Group had a thoroughly enjoyable day out on the canal with the DBF and we’re grateful to Christopher Harwood for sending these great photographs of the trip, which can be seen as a gallery below. A day on a Canal Boat is such a wonderfully relaxing experience and we hope to repeat… View Article

Call for People with Limb Loss to Take Part in New TV Series

We recently posted information from Hello Halo, an award winning TV production company, about a potential new series for BBC Three. Hello Halo are still keen to chat to people who might be interested…  I appreciate that we receive quite a few requests of a similar nature but programmes done well and sensitively, featuring people… View Article

Latest Update From Scottish Disability Golf

Hello all you golfing enthusiasts, here is the latest update from Scottish Disability Golf…. Hello A few brief updates from Scottish Disability Golf. Details of our finale to the 2017 season, 2-days of  golf near St Andrews, are now on the website Diary Page . .  . . . http://www.sdgp.org.uk/Index.asp?MainID=23691 A link to an invitation… View Article

A New Guide to Travel Insurance for People with a Disability

Freelance writer, Daren Felton, who sent us his very useful guide to travelling with a medical condition, has now added another very informative and helpful guide for people travelling with disabilities. This new article is called: “Ultimate Travel Insurance & Disabilities Guide”. This hugely comprehensive article is packed with information on every aspect of travelling… View Article

Rubber Suits & Lukewarm Soup…Read on to find out more – how could you resist?!

We were delighted to hear from Steve Randall, now an Airbus Captain in America. Steve contacted us to tell us about his connection with Douglas Bader, who was an overwhelming motivation for him when pursuing his flying career during the past 30+ years. Steve has recently written a book about some of his early flying… View Article

TV Production Company Looking for People Living with Limb Loss

We’ve been contacted by award winning TV Production Company “Hello Halo“. As you’ll see from the flyer below, they are currently looking particularly to speak to people who have experienced limb loss about taking part in a new series for BBC Three. As with other opportunities of this kind, there is the potential to raise… View Article

Travelling Without Limits – Helpful Information for Travellers with a Disability

Fiona Gosden, the Disability Specialist at DisabledHolidays.com, has kindly sent us this very helpful guide to holidaying or travelling when you have a disability. Fiona herself uses a wheelchair and has travelled pretty extensively so she is able to offer this useful advice with first hand experience.  Fiona has previously contributed some very enjoyable travel… View Article

The Essential Guide to Travelling with a Medical Condition

We are very grateful to freelance writer, Daren Felton, who has sent us this very useful guide for anyone who loves travelling and holidays but has trouble coping with issues and challenges that arise when travelling with some kind of medical condition. Travel companies aren’t always as helpful as the could be and, with forewarned… View Article

Diabetes & Amputation – A Must Read for Anyone Suffering from Diabetes

Statistics related to diabetes and amputations Over half of limb amputations (about 67 percent) in the United States are attributable to diabetes and related complications. The majority of limb amputations are performed on the lower extremities. From 1980 to 2003, lower extremity amputations increased from 33,000 to 84,000 in 1997, and dropped back down to… View Article

NHS Prosthetic Service Review – A Chance for Your Voice to be Heard

We are grateful to OPUS (Orthotic Prosthetic Users Stanmore), a voluntary user group working alongside the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust for bringing the following NHS Review to our attention. As they say, it’s a chance to have your voice or collective voices heard… OPUS would like to draw your attention to fact that the… View Article

Safer Cycling – A comprehensive new guide by Jonas Greene

We’re grateful to freelance writer, Jonas Greene, who contacted us about his excellent and comprehensive article, a guide to Safer Cycling. Cycling is growing in popularity as a sport and can be a particularly beneficial one for amputees and people with other disabilities not just physically but psychologically and socially too. We are keen to… View Article

Scottish Disability Golf – Golf Clinics

The Scottish Disability Golf Partnership (SDGP) will be holding a series of clinics, which should be well worth attending… Please note that the link below won’t work. If you’d like more information, please check out the Scottish Disability Golf Website where contact details will also be found. (The link will open in a new tab.)

At last! A Proper Disabled Holiday Company!

I think DisabledHolidays.com is the first truly Disabled-Friendly Holiday company we’ve seen. We’ve heard from holiday companies that pay lip service to making holidays “accessible”, but sadly this doesn’t always amount to as much as the brochures and blurbs would imply. This one seems to encompass everything and we’re very grateful to Fiona, the Disabled Specialist,… View Article
Volunteers Required to Help with Developing Patient Information Resources

Volunteers Required to Help with Developing Patient Information Resources

Clare Uytman, Psychology Lecturer at the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is working on a project which aims to develop a series of patient information resources based on real life narratives of individuals who have experienced limb loss and prosthesis use.  She is looking for volunteer research participants to help with this useful research. Clare says: “The… View Article

Do You Support Someone with Limb Loss? Urgent Renewed Call for Research Participants

  You may remember that in March this year we were contacted by Sophie Mitchell, a 2nd year Trainee Clinical Psychologist currently undertaking research related to limb loss at the University of Essex. She is now urgently looking for more participants to help her with this valuable research. Sophie would like to be contacted by individuals who provide… View Article

OPUS – Next Get Together is in October. Mark the Date Now!

Please note that the next meet up of OPUS (Orthotic, Prosthetic Users Stanmore) will be on Saturday 21st October. OPUS is based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Blockley Hill, Stanmore, HA7 4LP, but please note that October’s meeting will be at The Battle Axes, Butterfly Lane, Elstree, WE6 3AD. Rumour has it that there may… View Article
Information Required for Prosthetic Design Research

Information Required for Prosthetic Design Research

Information is required to help a postgraduate at Loughborough University with research into the design of prosthetic limbs.  Anna Vlachaki has compiled a questionnaire for an online survey and obviously the more answers she can gather from it, the better for her study. If you require a prosthetic limb or are interested in helping to inform the… View Article

4 People with Physical Disabilities Required to Take Part in Paid Focus Group

Mars is looking for 4 people with physical disabilities to take part in a paid focus group in Central London. If you’d like to make a difference to how disabled people are represented in advertising… Read on: Hi there, We are an independent market research agency looking to invite people with physical disabilities to a paid… View Article

There’s Still Time to Register for the 2nd Session of the OPUS Nordic Walking Course

The first session of OPUS (Orthotic, Prosthetic Users Stanmore) Nordic Walking Course on the 21st May was clearly a great success. If you weren’t able to get to that session but would still like to try out Nordic Walking, you can still resister for the second session which will take place on Sunday, 4th June… View Article

Another Event for Cycling Enthusiasts – The Cyclone Festival of Cycling

We’re grateful to Sonia Sanghani, author of Stumps & Cranks (an Introduction to Amputee Cycling), for bringing the Cyclone Festival of Cycling, now only 4 weeks away, to our attention. Cycling is known to be a great sport for amputees with benefits to health and fitness and a very friendly and supportive social aspect. As you… View Article

News from OPUS – Nordic Walking Course now available

We’ve been contacted by Sandra Staffiero from the OPUS (Orthotic, Prosthetic Users Stanmore) User Group with details about their exciting Nordic Walking Course. This is based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Blockley Hill, Stanmore, HA7 4LP. Nordic Walking is not only good social exercise but is known to be beneficial for building overall strength… View Article

Fantastic Opportunity for a Leg Amputee Male 16-40 with Access to Bristol…

We’ve been contacted by Jade at Uni-VersalEXTRAS, based at Pinewood Studios with a great opportunity. Please see details below and, if you’re interested in taking part or finding out more about this chance to take part in a new Feature Film, please contact Jade via the email address given in the post. “I work for a film and… View Article

Great News! C-Leg 4 & Funding for Children Now Available on the NHS…

Wonderful news for amputees and those with limb  difference: NHS England has agreed to fund micro-processor knees (MPK’s) meaning C-Legs will now be available through the NHS. And..From now until the end of March 2018, the Department of Health has dedicated £750,000 to fund activity and sport prostheses for children and young people under the age… View Article

OHMI – Last Call for Entries to their Musical Instrument Competition

OK – you’ll have to be quick, the closing date is tomorrow… but if you’re too late for this year it will give you plenty of time to perfect your entry for next year. OHMI are very keen to see more entries; new musical instruments that could decide whether a child without the use of one hand… View Article

Research Help Required if you Support Someone with Limb Loss

We’ve been contacted by Sophie Mitchell, a 2nd year Trainee Clinical Psychologist currently undertaking research related to limb loss, at the University of Essex. Like all this research, the results could ultimately benefit amputees, those with limb difference and, in this instance, their families and carers also.  If you’d like to help or require more information,… View Article

Another Great TV Opportunity! Taxi of Mum & Dad

We’ve been contacted by Princess Productions, a TV company in London. The are responsible for Sunday Brunch and The Wright Stuff and produced The Superhumans Show, Life Stripped Bare and Stand Up to Cancer in 2016. They are currently making a new primetime programme for Channel 4 Education called “Taxi of Mum & Dad” that looks at… View Article

Urgently Calling Trans-Tibial Amputees

Trans-tibial amputees required for valuable research…You may remember that in August we published a post on behalf of Sarah Moudy and Amy Sibley, researchers at Roehampton University. They are looking for trans-tibial amputees to take part in trials investigating the effects of amputation on muscular function and joint coordination for a PhD study.  Able-bodied people… View Article

Hotter Shoes on offer

We’ve been contacted by Miriam who has different sized feet and has to buy 2 pairs of shoes at a time to get one! Rather than get rid of the brand new, unworn obsolete shoes, she thought they might come in handy for an amputee or someone with limb difference and asked us if we… View Article

WCPLLG Announce 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards

 announce the launch of the 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards. I welcome the launch of the 2017 Advancing Healthcare Awards for Allied Health Professionals, Healthcare Scientists, Apprentices, Support Workers and Technicians. Such initiatives are excellent opportunities to allow our Forum to reach out to share, promote and celebrate the achievements of our many many caring Healthcare Professionals whose skills,… View Article

Government Grant available for children’s sports prostheses. Act now!!

Parents are urged to act now to avoid missing out on 1.5m Government grant for children’s sports prostheses. The Department of Health has announced that the 1.5m Government funding, which was announced earlier this year, for the provision of children’s sports prostheses and research has been ringfenced and is now available for limb centres to… View Article

An Introduction to Finding Your Feet

Finding Your Feet is based in Scotland and supports people affected by amputation or limb difference.  We provide a wide range of support to individuals who have been affected by amputation or limb difference, through sporting initiatives and social inclusion projects. They have a lot of exciting things going on. Follow the link (or click… View Article

Stumps and Cranks News

Stumps and Cranks – A Beginner’s Dream is the must-have book for all new amputees or amputees contemplating taking up cycling for the first time.  Designed to be read by adults and older children or families it sets out the basic elements of equipment, instruction and points of general care and attention advocated by cycling… View Article

Bader’s Big Band is Recruiting Musicians Now!

Team Bader (Cycling) has been going great guns and now Team Bader (Music) is born… “Bader’s Big Band” is a new DBF initiative and if you’re a musician, have a disability and would like to play in a Big Band, this is for you. A Big Band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing… View Article
Lower-Limb Amputees Required to help with Research into Activity Levels

Lower-Limb Amputees Required to help with Research into Activity Levels

Dr. Bethan Griffiths would like your help into research which aims to develop an understanding of physical activity levels in a lower-limb amputee group and the barriers participants have in becoming and remaining physically active. She is a postgraduate student undertaking a dissertation project to complete a sports and exercise medicine MSc at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The overall purpose… View Article
Parent of a Child with Limb Difference? Help Required with Valuable Research

Parent of a Child with Limb Difference? Help Required with Valuable Research

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RECRUITING PERIOD IS NOW COMPLETED. WE WILL PUBLISH THE RESULTS IN DUE COURSE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST & PARTICIPATION.  Are you the parent of a child with limb difference who has been provided with an artificial limb? James Oliver, a trainee clinical psychologist, would like your participation in research he is… View Article

Panathlon Breaks through 10,000 Barrier

The number of disabled young people taking part in Panathlon events topped 10,000 for the first time in the 2015/16 – and the start of 2016/17 has been marked by more impressive figures, in the deaf programme. Read their November Newsletter here. Check out the Panathlon website by clicking on the logo. The link will… View Article

Latest Newsletter from Pace Rehabilitation

What has PACE Rehabilitation been up to now?! Check out their latest newsletter here to find out: http://eepurl.com/chS-or

Amputee participation required by University of Roehampton for PhD Research

Another request for participation by a PhD research student at the University of Roehampton, London. Miranda Asher is hoping to encourage below knee unilateral amputees to undertake a fitness test so that she can identify factors of ‘fitness’ that affect participation in sport for amputees. The next step will be to use this information to create an exercise program… View Article

Trans-tibial Amputees Required for Valuable Research

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED! Researchers at Roehampton University are looking to recruit trans-tibial amputees as well as able-bodied 20-45 year olds for a PhD study investigating the effects of amputation on muscular function and joint coordination. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Please see the poster for further information! We do hope the information gathered will… View Article

Super Saturday at Sensational Sleap

Once again our friends at The Shropshire Aero Club provided Bader Braves with yet another fantastic day on Saturday 2nd July. Despite the rather disappointing temperature, gusty winds and threat of “intermittent showers” event organiser, Neil Edgeley, took the decision on Friday after consulting with the weather men, that our Young Aviators Day at Sleap… View Article

Help with PhD Research Required

Andrew Hodrien is a PhD Researcher at Salford University, Manchester. He has contacted us in the hope that some of you may be able to assist him with his research. If you are an adult upper limb prosthetic user and would like to be involved with this important research, which could potentially benefit others with… View Article

Join the Dambusters Cycle Ride

Dambuster Cycle Ride to commemorate the famous raids on the dams in Germany that took place on the 16 & 17 May 1943 and which accelerated the end of WW2. This unique event takes place on Sunday 15 May and will be a ride up the beautiful Towy Valley and on to the Llyn Brianne… View Article

The Great Pottery Throw Down-Application Date Extension!

Good news! You now have more time to apply for this opportunity. The previous deadline of  Midnight Sunday 10th April has been extended by a week and you now have until Midnight Sunday 17th April to apply to take part in The Great Pottery Throw Down. Why not give it a go?! Do you like… View Article

LimbPower Launches new Website

LimbPower, the national charity is proud to reveal its brand new website. Designed and created to support more amputees and people with limb impairments to take part in sport and physical activity at all levels. Since being awarded status as a National Disability Sports Organisation in July 2014, LimbPower’s growing online presence through web traffic… View Article

Another opportunity to appear on Channel 4!

We’ve been contacted by Alice Hinsley, the Casting Assistant Producer for Windfall Films, who is looking for people to take part in a new programme that will retrace the steps of a famous voyage across the Pacific Ocean in a small replica boat. There will be a crew on board with various skill sets including… View Article

London Wheelchair Rugby Club

Craig Streeter of the London Wheelchair Rugby Club has contacted us. The LWRC is currently trying to attract new players and, if you use a wheelchair and would like to play Rugby, is certainly a club worth checking out. “LWRC is one of the clubs in London and the South East, and we aim to provide opportunities through… View Article

Want to take part in BBC Living History Series?

We’ve been contacted by a production company called Wall to Wall Media (www.walltowall.co.uk), which has made programmes like Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC  One), and popular living history series such as Back In Time For Dinner (BBC Two) and Victorian Bakers (BBC Two). They are working on a new BBC ‘living-history’ series which will… View Article

Important Petition – Please Sign

Jeremy Hunt, Should disabled children be able to participate in School Sports & PE? YES THEY SHOULD!! We hope you, communities, parents, families, athletes of all abilities and those who are disabled will agree with The Douglas Bader Foundation that disabled children and young adults deserve to be treated as equals. The advice the NHS… View Article

Location Location Location

Would you like to appear in award-winning Channel 4 property series, Location Location Location? The programme has been running for 15 years and Channel 4 is now in pre-production for the 19th series. The are constantly striving to represent all areas of society in the UK and are always keen to find new ways to… View Article

New RAW TV opportunity

You may remember that we featured a post by television production company, RAW TV, last year. They’ve been in touch again as they have been commissioned to make two more documentaries and are inviting people to take part. RAW TV is a BAFTA winning Production Company based in London with a strong reputation for making sensitive… View Article

Research – Help please!

“A piece of research into diabetic foot care needs your help in collecting results. If you could spare just a few minutes of your time, please fill out the attached questionnaire.” Alex Capel, currently studying for a degree in biomedical science at Oxford Brookes University contacted us about the above very worthwhile research. For his dissertation… View Article

Pace News! Vicky collects degree!

Thanks to Pace Rehabilitation for sending us this uplifting news on Vicky Bach, who had her leg amputated following the horrific accident at Alton Towers in June this year. All at the DBF congratulate Vicky on her degree and wish her the very best of luck for the future. We’ve no doubt that her courage and fighting… View Article

New TV Opportunity!

We’ve been contacted by Amy, a Casting Producer for Raw Television, “a TV production company making intelligent, thought provoking and sensitive documentaries for ITV, BBC and Channel 4 and also known for its Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning feature film The Imposter“, in the hope that someone reading this might be interested in taking part in a new television… View Article

Free Workshop for Amputees

Coyote Design (click on the logo above to visit the website) is holding 2 free workshops on Tuesday 15th December. One will be for O&P Practitioners and Technicians and the other for amputees. The workshops will both take place at: REHAB Prosthetics, 15 The Courtyard, Whitwick Business Park, Coalville, LE67 4JP Tel: 01530 813 555 Fax:… View Article

Rescue Dog to Super Dog

(Click on the logo to visit the Plimsoll Website) Plimsoll, a TV production company in Bristol, have been commissioned by Channel 4 to produce a new 3-part series about the benefits of dog ownership to the owner’s health. The series is going to be called “Rescue Dog to Super Dog” and will see homeless dogs… View Article

Urgent! Acting Opportunity!

Dying Out Loud have contacted us looking for an amputee or visually impaired actress to play a part in a new play they are putting on at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Please see their information below. If you are interested auditioning, you’ll have to “act” quickly as the official casting date is today! This… View Article

New Phantom Limb Pain Research

Crowdacure (click on the logo above to visit the website) is a crowdfunding platform for hard to fund medical researching fields such as Phantom Limb Pain. Even for good and important research, it is hard to find funding in the fields of Phantom Limb Pain, High-Risk Twins’ Pregnancies, Stroke, Chronic Bronchitis, Vertigo, Mental Health, Migraines, Rare Diseases,… View Article

New! Airport Info for Disabled

You can click on the banner to access the Heathrow Airport Guide at the relevant page. At last! Helpful airport information in one accessible place for disabled travellers. Airport travel can be stressful at the best of times but, when you’re disabled in some way, this can be exacerbated big time. We think that anything… View Article

Latest Update from the SDGP

Scottish Disability Golf St Andrews 2015 Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 October 3-days golf in St Andrews + meals & accommodation is only £168 Disabled golfers, from any country, group or organisation, are invited to enter this 3-day competition operated by the SDGP. Subsidised entry packages are: For 3-days golf, meals and 2or3-nite accommodation costs… View Article

Disabled Holidays

We’ve been asked to bring DisabledHolidays.com to your attention and are delighted that here seems to be a holiday company setting out to make life as easy as possible for those with disabilities that may normally make the idea of planning a holiday less than appealing! As always, if you use this company, we’d love… View Article