DBF News

An Update from New Ambassador, Mari

Wonderful to hear that despite having to cope with a current deterioration in her condition, our new Ambassador, Para Dressage Rider Mari Akhurst, is going from strength to strength in her bid to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.  She has sent us an update on her latest achievements with her 2 4-legged team mates,… View Article

OPUS: NHS England at Big Meet Up 24th November + Notes from previous Meeting

Dear OPUS Supporters,   NHS England are attending the OPUS Big Meet Up on the 24th November at the Battle Axes, Elstree, WD6 3AD from 12 noon. They will be available for an informal individual chat to anyone who would like to speak with them and give a view of how the new Prosthetic Service… View Article

Thomas Talbot Agrees to be the DBF’s First Junior Ambassador!

We are delighted to report that Thomas Talbot, RaceRunner, who you will have met through various DBF posts has accepted our invitation to become the DBF’s first ever Junior Ambassador.  The DBF has a small team of Ambassadors who are selected because they have shown considerable support of the charity and because they represent both… View Article

Mari Durward Akhurst – Welcome New Ambassador for the DBF!

We couldn’t be more delighted to announce that Mari Durward Akhurst, Para Dressage rider, has accepted our invitation to join our small team of DBF Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors are selected because they have shown outstanding support of the charity and because we feel that they represent the DBF ethos and the indomitable spirit of Sir… View Article

Here is Your Opportunity to ‘Say Yes to the Dress’!

Here is the the opportunity to find your perfect wedding dress! However, you don’t have long as filming is already underway and will continue until the start of December. If you’d like to take part in the new spin off series of “Say Yes to the Dress”, being made by True North Television, then please… View Article

First Follow up to the Debut Performances by Bader’s Bus Company and Bader’s Big Band

Following the debut performance of Bader’s Bus Company on the 5th September you can now see a film made by Charley Bickers of the team’s first display flight. This short film has been set to the music created by Guy Farley especially for the project so it will give you a taster of what’s to… View Article

2 DBF Debuts go With a Bang!

      Both our major projects recently held their debut performances and we’re delighted to report that both went brilliantly. Bader’s Bus Company took off on their first public team flight on Wednesday 5th September, the anniversary of the death of Sir Douglas, at Blackbushe Airport. They pilots did themselves proud with a wonderfully tight… View Article

2 Debuts for DBF Imminent – an exciting week to come!

The DBF has an exciting few days in store with both our major new projects: “Bader’s Bus Company” and “Bader’s Big Band” having debut performances within 2 days of each other. “Bader’s Bus Company Still Running” will perform at Aerobility HQ, Blackbushe Airport on the 5th September. This is the anniversary of the death of… View Article

Bader’s Bus Company – BBC South Report

Our exciting initiative, Bader’s Bus Company, is getting some wonderful publicity. Here is a report from BBC South featuring the UK’s 1st Disabled Flying Display Team and Team Captain Mike Wildeman.  Mike Wildeman Mike has a decorated flying career. As a former RAF pilot, he saw service in the first Gulf War, Bosnia, Somalia and… View Article

Bader’s Big Band – First Performance Imminent

The amazing ‘Bader’s big Band‘ have their first performance at 7.oopm on Friday 7th September at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where OHMI will be holding their 2018 Conference & Awards. This promises to be a musical treat of an evening where guests will be able to hear The Petry Sisters playing Vivalid’s Double Cello Concerto… View Article

Bader’s Big Band Meet up Again

The Bader’s Big Band team met up again last weekend for their second rehearsal session at Tedworth House, in Tidworth. This beautiful old building, Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in the South, was the home for the Band members for the weekend and we are indebted to Help for Heroes for allowing us to use… View Article

Bader’s Bus Company – BBC Breakfast Interview with Charley Bickers

You’ve seen the video, now here is the opportunity for those of you who missed it live, to see Charley Bickers being interviewed on BBC Breakfast Television on Sunday 29th July about his concept, “Bader’s Bus Company”.  There really couldn’t have been any other name for the team but, if you don’t know the story,… View Article

Bader’s Bus Company – The Film!

Following the footage and interview with Charley Bickers on BBC Breakfast television on Sunday 30th July, we are now able to show you the amazing and moving video about our very exciting and ambitious new project: “Bader’s Bus Company“. With this project we aim to create the UK’s first flying display team comprised entirely of… View Article

‘Bader’s Bus Company’ – Press Release

PRESS RELEASE Featured On BBC Breakfast News & BBC OUCH 29/07/2018 Great Britain’s First Disabled Air Display Team Get’s Ready For Take Off  ‘Bader’s Bus Company’, the first British disabled air display team, are set to launch.  The team, created in memory of the World War 2 Spitfire ace and double amputee Sir Douglas Bader… View Article

Would You Like to Take Part in a Challenging New Channel 4 Series with the Chance to Win £50,000?

Studio Lambert, where they make shows such as Gogglebox, has been in touch with news about a new factual entertainment programme for Channel 4 called the Circle and they are looking for participants. The Circle is an ambitious new TV factual entertainment series, in which contestants will live in one modern block but separately in… View Article

One Man, One Leg, One Bike – Will You Support Scott for LimbPower?

#ScottMoorhouseCyclesBritain One Man, One Leg, One Bike This weekend, Saturday 14th July, Paralympian Scott Moorhouse who represented Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London will embark on a gruelling challenge to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats in just one week. Scott has already raised a staggering £4,435.99 for his chosen chairty LimbPower, A National… View Article

Congratulations to DBF Ambassador Paul McNeive – His First Thriller Published…

Congratulations to DBF Ambassador, Paul McNeive, whose first thriller, “The Manhattan Project”, has been published in the UK and Ireland, where it has made the bestseller list. Translation rights have been sold to various territories, including Germany. Paul is a double amputee, and the book was inspired by his own experiences with battling antibiotic infections in… View Article

Events Not To Miss in July from LimbPower!

Join LimbPower and friends for the Manic MaraFun, Family Fun Day, Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Fundamental Skills Workshop on Saturday 21st July at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. From 9.00am -4.00pm. Any donations towards the running cost of this event would also be very much appreciated. LimbPower’s Next Event for Families  The next children’s event is the Teddy Bears’ Picnic,… View Article

Dambusters Cycle Ride 2018 – The Last and The Best

Sunday 13th May saw the 3rd and, very sadly, the last Dambusters Cycle Ride, set off from Coleg Sir Gâr in perfect cycling conditions on what was, fittingly, the 75th Anniversary of the original Dambusters Raid. Listening intently to Wyn’s pre-ride speech in Coleg Sir Gâr Before the event started, DBF Ambassador and event organiser,… View Article

Bader’s Big Band Make Sweet Music Together at Tedworth House Weekend – Report by Charley Bickers

We were delighted to meet up with the lovely Bader’s Big Band musicians again over the Bank Holiday Weekend at Tedworth House, Help for Heroes’ beautiful Recovery Centre in the South. The musicians last met at the Soundstage Studios in Acton for their Audition Weekend. You can read more about this by following the link… View Article


Matthew Kirby, co-founder of The Arctic One Foundation, who as recently posted (use link below to read) will be undertaking a cycle ride in early June to raise funds for the DBF and The Arctic One Foundation jointly, has contacted us wearing his Arctic One hat. Arctic One will be running a Summer of Sport… View Article

Matthew Kirby of The Arctic One Foundation to undertake Cycle challenge to raise funds for the DBF

We’re very grateful to Matthew Kirby, co-founder of the wonderful Arctic One Foundation, who will be undertaking a tough cycle ride to raise funds jointly for the DBF and The Arctic One Foundation. The challenge, and it certainly will be a challenge, will start on the 8th June and Matthew and Fred hope to complete… View Article

Only a Week to Go Until the Dambusters Ride Again!

An auspicious date! The 3rd Dambusters Cycle Ride will take place on Sunday next weekend on the 75th anniversary of the original Dambusters Raid. We are extremely grateful to cycling enthusiast and DBF Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins, for picking up the mantle yet again to organise this wonderful event which raises money for the DBF and… View Article

Excellent New Review for “Rubber Suits & Lukewarm Soup”

We’ve just had a an update from Steve Randall who wrote a wonderful book called “Rubber Suits & Lukewarm Soup” about his adventures as a Ferry Pilot. Steve, who was inspired and motivated by Douglas Bader during his flying career, very kindly offered to donate the proceeds to the DBF and since then, has raised… View Article

Evan Completes his Triathlon to Raise Funds for DBF!

It was wonderful to hear from Evan Reynolds who took on the challenge of a gruelling London to Isle of Wight Triathlon on the 14th April to raise funds for the DBF and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.  This challenge was not for the faint hearted as the 3 components comprised a total of 104… View Article

Digby’s Complete the Mirador Challenge!

It was great news to hear from Marie Truscott that she and her friends from Digby’s Sports Bar & Restaurant had successfully completed the tough Mirador Challenge. Marie and co. took the challenge on Sunday 8th April to raise funds for the DBF and one other charity and did incredibly well to finish 5th out… View Article

Quadruple Amputations to Survive Sepsis. Kim’s story.

A follow up to yesterday’s post about the dangers of Sepsis, a potentially fatal condition that has been brought to our attention by Becki Campbell, whose mother, Kim, contracted it following a kidney infection resulting in all her 4 limbs being amputated. Kim and Becki are keen to raise awareness about Sepsis, a condition that… View Article

Sepsis – Be Aware. A Personal Story.

Sepsis is in the news at the moment as the result of an awareness-raising storyline on The Archers when Nic Grundy dies of Sepsis (link) days after accidentally cutting her arm on a rusty nail. This storyline was introduced as a deliberate way of drawing attention to the condition which, if caught early, is eminently treatable… View Article

Discover Gymnastics Taster Days with Disability Gymnastics

A new event has been brought to our attention by Kiera Roche of LimbPower. The Discover Gymnastics Taster Days run by Disability Gymnastics will take place at Nottingham City Gymnastics Club on 2 consecutive Saturdays; the 10th and the 17th March, and will be for children aged 3-11 years old who have a physical impairment…. View Article

Digby’s Sports Bar to take the Mirador Challenge for the DBF – please support them!

Marie Truscott has contacted us to let us know that she and friends from Digby’s Sports Bar & Restaurant will be undertaking the Mirador Challenge on Sunday 8th April 2018 to raise funds for the DBF and one other worthy cause.  We are extremely grateful to Marie who has got together 2 teams of 5… View Article

The Amputation Foundation – An Exciting New Charity Helping Amputees

We’re delighted to introduce The Amputation Foundation!  This is a new charity set up to help and support amputees in a huge variety of ways which you can learn about by checking out their website via the link below. The Amputation Foundation has been created by amputees with a passion for helping and supporting others…. View Article

Protect Yourself this Flu Season

We’ve been contacted by Dana Brown, a health educator, whose mission is to visit health websites and ask them to add information that will help who has pointed out quite rightly that, particularly during what is recognised as one of the worst ‘flu seasons on record, we should have more information on the website about… View Article

Bader’s Big Band Residential Weekend Regretfully Postponed

It is with great regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone the “BADER’S BIG BAND” Residential Weekend scheduled to take place at Help for Heroes Tedworth House in Tidworth on the 8th-10th December. Both the musicians and the DBF contingent were greatly looking forward to the weekend, which would have allowed… View Article

Speak now or Forever Hold Your Instrument…!

The Bader’s Big Band Residential Weekend is approaching fast and we would still like to hear from more musicians. We particularly need more Saxophonists and Trombonists (very important for the Big Band sound) but do please get in touch with us whatever your instrument as we aim to build on the exciting start we’ve made… View Article

Rubber Suits & Lukewarm Soup now available through iBooks and Kindle – all proceeds benefit the DBF

You may remember from a previous post (see below for link) that Steve Randall, an Airbus Captain in America, has written a book about his previous adventures as an international aircraft delivery pilot. “Rubber Suits & Lukewarm Soup” is a wonderfully written selection of stories from the several years Steve worked as a Ferry Pilot specialising… View Article

Bader’s Big Band kicks off with a very successful audition day

The wonderful Soundstage Studios in Acton was the venue on Sunday 22nd October for our first auditions for Bader’s Big Band. And what a thoroughly enjoyable and successful day we all had. Sadly a few auditionees weren’t able to attend but we were extremely grateful to those who did: Jerri Hart (vocals and trumpet); Hamish… View Article

Rory Slater’s Fantastic Fund-Raising Swimming Challenge for the DBF

We are indebted to Rory Slater who undertook a gruelling swimming challenge across the Cannakele Straits to raise funds to benefit the DBF. As you will see from his wonderful write up of his experience, Rory had been inspired by “Reach for the Sky” and had also exchanged letters with Sir Douglas many years before…. View Article

Fantastic Finale to 2017 Flying Season with The Moray Flying Club.

It is a bit of an extraordinary coincidence that the Bader Flying Events 2017 started and finished with the Moray Flying Club at Kinloss Barracks (formerly RAF Kinloss); what is NOT extraordinary is that, just like the brilliant Bader Braves day back in May, the Returning Wounded Day was another outstanding success for our friends… View Article

Bader’s Big Band – Last Push for Musicians….

Since the last post (appropriate!), we’re delighted to have received applications from a variety of musicians all hoping to audition for a part in this unique band. “Bader’s Big Band” will be the first ever Big Band to consist almost entirely of musicians from the UK with a physical disability or diagnosed mental health condition…. View Article

Without Limits: Vietnam – Worth Watching!

Most of you will probably have already come across the BBC1 programme “Without Limits: Vietnam”. If not, it’s well worth watching. Six people with different physical disabilities embark on an ambitious and emotional adventure of a lifetime through the diverse landscapes of Vietnam.  3 of the 6 people are amputees and it is fascinating to… View Article

Arctic One Junior Para-Triathlon Day

Douglas Bader Foundation CEO, David Bickers, had a great day at the Arctic One Junior Para-Triathlon on Sunday 3rd September. He was delighted to meet up with Lady Bader Grant Recipient of the Month, Para Dressage Rider, Mari Akhurst, and other friends. Here is a small selection of some of the many wonderful photographs taken… View Article

Huge News for REACH!

We were delighted to learn that the wonderful charity, REACH, has been nominated as one of this year’s beneficiaries of Global’s Make Some Noise, and is being supported by some of the UK’s best-loved radio stations. This is obviously fantastic news for REACH and is very deserved recognition of this dedicated charity and the great… View Article

Bader’s Big Band – Still Time to Audition

As you’ll remember from a recent post, we are currently auditioning for “Bader’s Big Band”, the first ever Big Band consisting almost entirely of musicians from the UK with a physical disability or diagnosed mental health condition. The application deadline is the 30th September and we are still particularly looking for Alto, Tenor and Baritone sax… View Article

Rory to swim the Canakkale Straights to Raise Money for the DBF

We’ve been contacted by Rory Slater who is very kindly raising funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation by completing an extremely challenging swim in the footsteps (or should that be flipper strokes?!) of Lord Byron and Greek figure Leander.  Rory swam the cross-Bosphorus race in July and, buoyed by his success, decided to give himself an… View Article

Bader’s Big Band – Recruiting Now! Musician? Physical disability? Diagnosed mental health problem? Read on…

The Douglas Bader Foundation is very excited to announce the creation of  ‘Bader’s Big Band’. This ambitious project will found the first ever Big Band consisting almost entirely of musicians from the UK with a physical disability or diagnosed mental health condition. The Band will record at a well-known studio and will perform at airshows, festivals… View Article

76th Anniversary of Bader’s Disappearance – Bader’s Bus Company Still Running!

Today, 9th August, is the 76th Anniversary of the date Sir Douglas Bader failed to return from a mission over Northern France. The origin of the immortal “Bader’s Bus Co. Still Running“. One of the Douglas Bader Foundation’s most exciting and ambitious projects to date, “Bader’s Bus Company Still Running” is gathering momentum on the… View Article

Daily Mirror Looking for Pride of Britain Nominations 2017

Do you know an inspiring person whose bravery, fundraising, courage or fortitude deserves recognition? We’re seeking nominations for The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards 2017. The Pride of Britain Awards sees politicians, royalty and the stars of show business join together to honour the nation’s unsung heroes. Winners range from members of the armed forces… View Article

Bader’s Big Band Recruiting

An exciting new venture for the DBF, Bader’s Big Band, the first ensemble to be made up entirely of musicians with a disability of some kind, is recruiting for members.  For more information, please contact Paul Clark whose details and email link you’ll find at the bottom of the post below the Flyer. You can click… View Article

Mari – the Qualifying Points System Explained

My disability has made it hard for me to make friends and I used to get bullied a lot as I was different to other children and much slower than them. But then I found riding and things changed as it was something I could excel at. I was able to develop a fantastic partnership… View Article

Please Take a Few Minutes to Complete This Survey for Waving not Drowning

We’ve been contacted by Working Families, part of The Disabled Children’s Partnership. It is their ambition to complete the biggest survey ever undertaken of families with disabled children. This could well end up revealing information ultimately of benefit to many of those children and their families so do please take part if you can. Please note that… View Article

Opportunity to Take Part in E4’s Body Fixers!

We’ve been contacted by Jess Gordon via DBF Ambassador and voice of LimbLine, Margaret Biggs. Jess is a Casting Assistant Producer at Studio Lambert and is looking for participants over 18 to take part in the second series of a successful make-over show, Body Fixers. Check it out and, if you want to emerge butterfly-like from your tired old… View Article

Limb Loss Awareness Month – Get Moving!

We’re now nearly heading for half-way through Limb Loss Awareness Month so there’s still time to decide how you might get involved. One way is to join LimbPower’s social media campaign called #GetMoving to raise awareness of the physical health benefits and mental health benefits of engaging in physical activity with a focus on moving more….. View Article

Naidex – A resounding success

The Douglas Bader Foundation had a fascinating and enlightening 3 days at NAIDEX 43. Stand D60 (above) became the base not only for the DBF but also for Arctic One, LimbPower, OHMI, Reach, Sailability and Steps.  It was a great opportunity for the 7 like-minded charities to meet each other and to explain to the many… View Article

Only a Week Until Naidex!

As you know, we don’t usually plug events but we are making an exception for NAIDEX 43, which promises to be an extraordinary exhibition. Running over 3 days next week, Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th March, the show is going to be packed with things to do, people to listen to, innovative technologies… View Article

Dambusters Ride Again!

The Dambusters Cycle Ride 2017 will be held on Sunday 14th May and is going to be even bigger and better than the inaugural event last year! 2016’s themed ride was a resounding success and, for those of you who managed to miss it, you can read about it HERE! We were fortunate enough to be… View Article

NAIDEX is getting closer!

The Douglas Bader Foundation will have a stand at the prestigious NAIDEX Exhibition this year. The show will take place on the 28th-30th March at the Birmingham NEC. We are proud to be supporting such a positive organisation with at a show with the potential to reach so many. The DBF Stand, D60, will also… View Article

Fantastic Opportunity for the DBF and for models with limb loss or limb impairment.

We are honoured and delighted to have been chosen by Cambridge University as their Charity for THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY CHARITY FASHION SHOW (CUCFS) This will take place on Wednesday 15th February 2017 at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. CUCFS 2017 is excited to be supporting The Douglas Bader Foundation. The DBF helps to advance and promote the… View Article

Many new Events in the Pipeline for DBF in 2017

2017, the 35th Anniversary for the DBF, promises to be a bumper year with many new activities planned and in the pipeline. ∗Team Bader (Cycling): Already one great event, The Dambusters Cycle Ride, is under construction thanks to the DBF’s invaluable Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins. The inaugural event took place in May this year and was a huge success…. View Article

60-Mile Bike Ride Fundraiser

On Saturday 10th September Joanna Clayton, Edward Clayton, Karen Richardson, Mark Richardson, Stephen Reynolds, Keith Reynolds and Sarah Reynolds embarked on a 62-mile bike ride between Reading (Berkshire) and Watton at Stone (Hertfordshire) to raise money for the Douglas Bader Foundation in memory of Anthony Calvey. Anthony lost his leg when he was just 18… View Article

Roehampton Group Canal Boat Cruise

Roehampton Limb User Group (RLUG), who are based at the Douglas Bader Centre, Roehampton, enjoyed a day out on the Grand Union Canal, sponsored by the Douglas Bader Foundation and hosted by Waterways Experiences. We are grateful to RLUG Chairman, Christopher Harwood, who wrote the report below and has also been kind enough to send some great… View Article

LimbPower Junior Games 2016

LimbPower will be hosting the 2016 Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Rd, Aylesbury HP21 9PP on 1st October. Entry and Payment forms are available on the LimbPower website, (http://limbpower.com/index.php or click on the logo above), and these should be completed and returned to LimbPower by Friday 25th September 2016. You can also download a… View Article

Opportunity to appear in Sky family series

Nicola Barnes, a Documentary Assistant Producer working on a feature-length documentary series for Sky, has contacted us in the hope of finding people willing to take part in a new Sky series. This brand new series will follow the dreams, ambitions and journeys of 6 families from across the UK, over 5 years of their… View Article

Please support one of our Supporters!

On 2nd September, Marg Jenkins, wife of DBF Ambassador, Wyn, and long term supporter of the charity, will be undertaking her own challenge, this time in support of another great cause: Wales Air Ambulance. Wales Air Ambulance is an invaluable service, which benefits so many people and relies 100% on donations, receiving absolutely nothing from the… View Article

One for the dog-lovers!

Another opportunity to appear on BBC – this time with your best friend! We’ve been contacted by Molly Schneider, Assistant Producer at Wall to Wall television production company. They are making a new and exciting BBC series based around a national sports contest for humans and their dogs. (Or should that be the other way… View Article

June News from Panathlon

It’s been a busy May for Panathlon, which has just published its June Newsletter (click on link) and is clearly going from strength to strength. If you’ve yet to learn about this inspiring charity, The Panathlon Challenge provides sporting opportunities to over 7,500 disabled young people every year. Since 1999, they have run over 500 ‘mini Paralympic’ multi-sport competitions… View Article

Busy Weekend Ahead for the DBF

A busy weekend is looming for the DBF with the first of our Bader Braves Young Aviators Days for the year taking place at the Moray Flying Club, RAF Kinloss, on Saturday 14th and the eagerly anticipated Team Bader Dambusters Bike Ride on Sunday 15th. Keith Delderfield will be in action in Scotland on Saturday,… View Article

Good General Knowledge? Want to take part in a new Quiz Show…?

Thames TV are currently casting for a returning ITV 1 quiz show called Rebound. It’s a general knowledge quiz show where contestants could win a big cash prize. Anyone can apply, as long as they are 18+, love quizzes and think that they have great general knowledge. If you’d like to apply to take part or would… View Article

A new Ambassador for the DBF

The Douglas Bader Foundation is delighted to be able to announce the latest member of our wonderful team of Ambassadors. We were honoured when Paul McNeive accepted our invitation to become a DBF Ambassador and very happy to welcome him to the team. We very much look forward to working with him and know he’ll be… View Article

Joan Bader Thanksgiving Lunch

Following the death of DBF President, Joan Bader, OBE, on the 18th December last year a private cremation was held for close friends and family at the very beautiful Aberystwyth Crematorium. On Saturday, we marked her death with a Thanksgiving Party to celebrate her long and full life and her tireless work for the Douglas Bader Foundation, started by… View Article

It can be done…

…with a can-do attitude. We were delighted to be contacted by Andrew Stubbs, an amputee farmer who does welding jobs for fellow farmers. Andrew had read “Reach for the Sky” many years ago and been inspired by the story of Douglas Bader. When Andrew himself was involved in an accident in 1984 resulting in limb… View Article

DBF President, Lady Bader, dies

Joan Bader – 17/3/1918 – 18/12/2015 R.I.P. As you will know from our Facebook Page, our beloved DBF President, Joan Bader, died peacefully in her sleep just before Christmas, aged 97. She seemed indomitable and, until recently, we were fully expecting her to get her telegram from HM the Queen (I gather you have to… View Article

Award for Ambassador Gemma

The All-Party Parliamentary Limb Loss Forum (APPLLF) have honoured Gemma Trotter as a Forum Limb Loss Champion. Gemma, who recently accepted the DBF’s invitation to become our latest Ambassador was presented with the award by the DBF Chief Executive, David Bickers. All at the DBF are very happy for Gemma, who could not deserve this accolade more. We are… View Article

Reach for the Sky!

On Tuesday, 29th September, the Douglas Bader Foundation held an Evening of Inspiration at the wonderful RAF Club for friends and supporters to announce its bold, new project “Bader’s Bus Company – Still Running”. In short, the initiative, running in association with Aerobility,  will assist people with disabilities to fly in a light aircraft and… View Article

A New Ambassador for the DBF!

We are delighted and proud to announce that Gemma Trotter has accepted our invitation to join our invaluable team of DBF Ambassadors. Gemma is a wonderful character who exemplifies the true Bader spirit. She underwent a leg amputation as a teenager following a car accident and eventually became one of the first amputees to opt for an… View Article

Junior Games 2015…

The Junior Games this year will take place at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Saturday 10th October. This is a fantastic event where young people with limb difference or other physical impairment can try out new sports in a safe and supportive environment and meet other young amputees and their families. It’s the perfect opportunity to… View Article

Pride of Britain Awards 2015

  The Mirror Group is currently looking for nominations for this year’s Pride of Britain Awards and we’ve been contacted by Alan Selby, a reporter from the Group, in the hope of getting some names. We’ve been invited to pass this on in the hope that some of our readers may know of someone deserving of… View Article

DBF Reach for the Sky Campaign!

Reach for the Sky campaign Douglas Bader Inspires the Creation of the First Disabled Flying Display Team The Douglas Bader Foundation, a charity set up by family and friends of the legendary War Hero shortly after his death in 1982, have launched their most exciting project to date. The ‘Reach for the Sky’ campaign is… View Article

Inclusive Shooting Opportunity

Are you a physically disabled or a visually impaired person? Why not try shooting? Over the weekend of 25th & 26th July, Felixstowe Rifle Club (FRC) will be running Taster Days in support of The British Paralympic Association (BPA), which is planning a National Paralympic Day on 26th July, the objective is to get more disabled people… View Article

Returning Wounded Flying Day

Douglas Bader Foundation – Returning Wounded Flying Day In association with and hosted by The Moray Flying Club at Kinloss Barracks, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3UH Saturday 27th June 2015 This is the first event designed specifically to offer service personnel suffering injury sustained whilst on active service the opportunity of experiencing the thrill of flying and… View Article

A New Ambassador for DBF

We are delighted to announce that inspirational Polio survivor and founder of Freedom in the Air, Gautam Lewis, has accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation. We are proud to have his involvement and to welcome him to our dedicated team. Gautam Lewis Biography Gautam Lewis was born in Kolkata, India in 1977…. View Article

New Escape Book Features Bader

From Interrogation to Liberation A Photographic Journey Stalag Luft 111 – The Road to Freedom by Marilyn Jeffers Walton and Michael C. Eberhardt (*Clicking on the image above will take you to Amazon where you can order the book) About the Book During World War II, 300,000 United States Army Air Corps airmen were shot… View Article

New film to feature Douglas Bader

Exciting to hear that a new film is in the pipeline featuring Douglas Bader’s escape from Warburg. A clip from the article in theMailOnline reads: “The story of how Douglas Bader recovered from having both legs amputated to become one of Britain’s greatest fighter aces is remarkable enough. But now another astonishing but little-known chapter of… View Article

Prince Harry supports Bader program

By Corinne Heller Article published in eonline, Sunday April 5th 2015 He feels the need, the need for speed! In new, undated photos released by the Boultbee Flight Academy in England on Easter Sunday, the U.K.’s (other) studly prince, Prince Harry, flies in the back of a Spitfire, a British fighter plane used during World War II. The 30-year-old… View Article

DBF Continue Support of Games

By David Bickers Douglas Bader Foundation continues its association with the Primary Games. Another fantastic day at Stoke Mandeville organised by LimbPower and WheelPower. Great turn out of families and in awe of the abilities of this varied group of children with disabilities and seeing a number of friendly faces from our Bader Braves events. Good… View Article

DBF Honoured at Bearstead

Fantastic Fundraisers of Bearstead GC Ladies Outgoing Ladies Captain of Bearstead Golf Club, Elizabeth Cracklen, chose the Douglas Bader Foundation as her Charity of the Year. In her short presentation speech she recalled that as a young girl she had watched the film “Reach for the Sky” which stared Kenneth Moore and portrayed Bader’s life as… View Article

Fun on the canals with The Bruce Trust

In a brand new venture for the DBF, we took to the open water (in the gentle form of the Kennet & Avon Canal) on a fine, sunny day on Wednesday 24th September. Our willing guinea pigs for the trip were a lovely band, members of the Roehampton Limb User Group (RLUG) from the Douglas Bader… View Article

Websites Under New Management

The Douglas Bader Foundation and Bader Info on Limb Loss (ex Limb Loss Information Centre) Websites are now under new management. After many happy years with Coreware, the websites will now be managed by the excellent Rob Sumner of North Devon Design, Design Space, 1 Uppcott Avenue, Pottington Business Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX33 1HN. Rob has… View Article

DBF supports “FLY DAY” event organised by Freedom in the Air

Click on the link to see the inspirational Anne Wafula Strike, Polio victim and Paralympian sprinter, taking her first flying lesson at Elstree. Anne took this initial step on the way to achieving her dream to qualify for a private pilot’s license during “Fly Day”, an event organised with the aim of offering people with… View Article

Nathan Doidge – A New Ambassador for the DBF!

We are delighted and very honoured that Nathan Doidge has agreed to join our small but very select band of DBF Ambassadors. Ambassadors are selected because of their commitment to and support of the charity and for their inspirational personalities and achievements. ****** They are all people with whom we are proud to be associated… View Article

BADER BUS COMPANY Still Running 30 Years On!

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY TO THE DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION! (Sadly, due to computer problems, published a day late!) Sir Douglas died in September 1982 and, following literally sackfulls of letters from amputees and other disabled he’d visited and inspired over the years, begging his family not to let his inspiration die with him, the Douglas Bader… View Article

Please join in our 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Sir Douglas Bader died on the 5th September 1982. Following literally hundreds of letters from people he’d helped and inspired begging us not to let his name or inspiration die with him, his family and friends formed The Douglas Bader Foundation to continue in his spirit. Since that time we have helped numerous amputees, those… View Article

BADER BRAVES receive support from Bakers and Larners in Norfolk

Norfolk Commercial Support for Bader Braves After 240 years of trading in the pretty and fascinating market town of Holt in Norfolk, the family run business of Baker & Larners has moved into the area of aviation (probably for the first time) and thrown it’s support into The Bader Braves Young Aviators project by naming… View Article

Ambassador Phil: Biggest challenge yet

OUR wonderful Ambassador, Phil Packer, MBE, who chose the Douglas Bader Foundation as one of his 26 charities to represent in his Virgin Marathon in 2010 challenge, 26 Miles in 26 Hours for 26 Charities, smashing his own record in the process, is off again as you will read below. Phil Packer MBE has embarked… View Article

Douglas Bader remembered. A Great Day at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.

A report by David Bickers who was at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on Sunday: Great Day at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on Sunday 7th August.  ‘A Tribute to Douglas Bader ‘, held  just two days before the 70th Anniversary of Douglas’ last wartime active flight –  based at Tangmere, he took off from nearby West Hampnett and was… View Article

Threat to historic Battle of Britain pub where Douglas Bader and other fighter aces used to drin

A widow is pleading with a local council not to call time on a rural pub where some of “The Few” drowned their sorrows during The Battle of Britain. Developers want South Cambridgeshire District Council to give permission to turn The Plough in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, – a village in Conservative Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s constituency… View Article

Deadly skies: The bloody truth about the Battle of Britain

From THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Rarely in history has a battle been so mythologised as the conflict that took place in the skies above southern England between 10 July and 31 October 1940. But the truth about the Battle of Britain – and the brave young airmen who fought it – is far more complex,… View Article


Had he lived, our eponymous inspiration, Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader, would have been 101 today. We salute his birthday and feel sure that he would be proud of the charity set up in his name and the new initiatives and Events that we have in place. BADER BRAVES, a Douglas Bader Foundation initiative acknowledging… View Article
Battle of Britain: Hero pilot Bader’s story

Battle of Britain: Hero pilot Bader’s story

by Jenny Minard BBC Berkshire Reporter Of all the Battle of Britain pilots, the name that is still the most famous is Sir Douglas Bader. He destroyed 22 enemy aircraft and was a larger than life character – which alone made him a well-known name. But that he overcame losing his legs in a flying… View Article

Inspiring Decatur golfer inspired by others at tournament for amputees

DECATUR – Decatur’s Roe Skidmore Jr. went to Nashville, Tenn., this week to play in the 62nd annual National Amputee Golf Association Tournament, hoping he might inspire just one person. When he returned Friday, he did so realizing the person who’d been most inspired was himself. Oh, surely Skidmore was an inspiration, too. He won… View Article
The Douglas Bader Notebooks

The Douglas Bader Notebooks

Last weekend, on the 14th August, we took my mother, Joan Bader, to the Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow. We had gone by a curiously circuitous route, having been initially invited by Ian Mantel who had organised my mother’s travel insurance to South Africa in February and had asked if her name “had anything to do with… View Article