Who we help

Having suffered a double disfigurement, Sir Douglas Bader became an inspiration to disabled and able-bodied alike by demonstrating the ability to “get on with your life”.

A disabled person who fights back is not disabled, but inspired

It is this maxim that our charitable foundation, established in Douglas’s name following his death in 1982, seeks to replicate and develop.

The Douglas Bader Foundation helps and supports both children and adults who are affected by any form of limb loss, congenital or otherwise or who are affected by any other similar disability.


The first initiative was realised in 1993 with the completion of the Douglas Bader Centre, a facility built at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, in West London to support rehabilitation services for amputees.