An uplifting start to 2023!
We are extremely proud to announce that our CEO, David Bickers, has been awarded an MBE for his services to People with Disabilities in the New Year Honours List, 2023. In the Business Exchange, Swindon and Wiltshire, on the 30th December in an article by Anita Jaynes, a delighted David acknowledged his award:
“I am deeply grateful to be awarded by his Majesty the King in the 2023 New Year Honours List the Honour of Member of the Order of the British Empire for supporting the disabled community.
“The Foundation in the name of my late stepfather in law Douglas Bader was created following his death in 1982 aged 72 and we are now celebrating our 40th year.
“During this journey I have met some truly remarkable people who have inspired and guided us and assisted in our many initiatives that have consequently benefitted so many children and adults. Also, the Great British Public, Trusts and Charitable giving organisations who have and continue to support us with donations and other support. “ (David Bickers)
David Bickers MBE! We couldn’t be more delighted for David being honoured by this well deserved acknowledgement of his hard work and dedication over the past 40 years as co-founder and CEO of the Douglas Bader Foundation. We are a very small team and David has been tireless in his efforts. We’re sure you’ll join us in congratulating him on this great accolade.
Links (will open in new tabs):
- The Swindon and Wiltshire Business Exchange – Article by Anita Jaynes
- New Year’s Honours List 2023 in full
Below is the very moving post written by Charley Bickers following the announcement of David’s MBE. I agree wholeheartedly.
“I couldn’t be more proud and happy for my Dad to have been awarded an MBE in this years honours list for his work supporting those with a disability. He’s put his heart and soul into the Douglas Bader Foundation and has been its driving force right the way through to today. The foundation was set up by family immediately following Douglas’s death and I don’t think any of us ever expected it to still be going strong 40 years later. 40 years of service is a huge achievement for any charity and it wouldn’t have reached that milestone if it wasn’t for my dad and his incredible commitment and efforts.
I’ve witnessed the whole development throughout the course of my life, the god times, the bad times and the great times. It’s really not easy to keep a charity afloat and it’s taken a huge amount of grit and determination to continue through the tough times when to be honest it would’ve been easy to simply shut down that endure the stress and the additional responsibility. He should be incredibly proud of all that he has achieved. Including highlights such as creating walking schools in the UK and Malaysia, The Baderline telephone helpline for amputees, The Douglas Bader Rehabilitation Centre, The Bader Braves Initiatives and recently the incredibly successful ‘Limitless’ Initiative which provided every child in need under 9 with a free prosthetic limb.
It’s been great fun and very rewarding to work together to create ‘Bader’s Bus Company’ – The First disabled air display team and ‘Bader’s Big Band’ – The first disabled big band.
Well done Dad and well deserved. I look forward top raising a glass to David Bickers MBE later on this evening!” (Charley Bickers)