Who we help

Having suffered a double amputation, 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. Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader

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 initially set out to help and support both children and adults who were affected by any form of limb loss, congenital or otherwise. We subsequently extended our charity remit to include people with physical disabilities and medically diagnosed mental health issues. 


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.