About Bader Braves

DB Morning Bird
Sir Douglas Bader being honoured as “Chief Morning Bird” by the Kainai Indians

Launched on the 10th February 2010, at R.A.F. Museum, Hendon, BADER BRAVES was created as a joint acknowledgement of Sir Douglas Bader’s honourary Chieftainship of a Canadian Indian Tribe and the bravery of children with limb deficiencies and other disabilities in their efforts to lead normal lives.

BADER BRAVES supports children with limb loss and other physical disabilities by offering unique experiences and improving life-skills to increase confidence. The Douglas Bader Foundation has always acknowledged the importance of the children’s families and carers and, in supporting the children, also aims to benefit those people involved in their lives.

DBF Ambassador, PHIL PACKER , MBE

To support the Douglas Bader Foundation and in particular the BADER BRAVES initiative, giving children with limb loss and other disabilities their first experience of flight in a light aircraft and the BADER BRAVES Adventure week-ends, fills me with immense pleasure and delight. Giving children this opportunity provides self-belief, self-confidence, excitement and sews a seed of what they can do; I hope that those introduced to the Foundation will support this initiative and the aeronautical industry and pilots throughout the country will continue to be involved and assist to give more children this wonderful opportunity.


It is a tremendous honour, limited to just 40 living people, to be awarded a Chieftainship and one of which Sir Douglas was extremely and justifiably proud.

(From: “This Week in Canadian History” (Oct. 3 – Oct 9, 1818 – 1998): ‘Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) was honoured with the name “Red Crow” when he became the first Kainai Chief at a ceremony in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Kainai (Blood Indians) of southern Alberta created the honorary chieftainship to recognise individuals who have contributed either to the Blood people or to humanity in general. Membership is limited to 40 living persons and the honour is highly prized. Among those who have been members are Douglas Bader (Morning Bird), Pierre Berton (Big Plume), and Pope John Paul II (Big Holy White Father).’

The DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION has been continuing Sir Douglas’s work with amputees since his death over 30 years ago and has many projects both completed and underway to assist amputees and other disabled.  However, we are particularly excited about this enterprise. We know that BADER BRAVES, combining, as it does, Sir Douglas’s respect for the Native Canadian Indians, his delight in his Honourary Chieftainship and his love of children would be a venture particularly close to his heart.

To date there are very few initiatives aimed specifically at helping children with limb deficiency and other disabilities and their families and we hope you will agree that this is a worthwhile cause and an exciting project.

As always, the DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION relies almost entirely on fund-raising to survive and to continue to assist amputees and other disabled and we would be delighted to hear from anyone with ideas, fund-raising or otherwise, to support this venture.

In a nutshell:

  • BADER BRAVES supports children with limb loss and other physical disabilities by offering unique experiences and improving life-skills to increase confidence. The Douglas Bader Foundation has always acknowledged the importance of the children’s families and carers and, in supporting the children, also aims to benefit those people involved in their lives.
  • BADER BRAVES incorporates The Douglas Bader Foundation’s already proven Young Aviators Days providing youngsters from 6-16 with limb deficiency and other disabilities with the opportunity of experiencing flight in a light aircraft.  We continue to enlist the support of new airfields in different parts of the country so that we can offer Young Aviators Days to more youngsters.

You can find information about the Young Aviators Days by clicking on the link.

As well as our Young Aviators Days, we organise various Events such as Adventure Weekends and other activities and challenges so please keep checking the pages for updates and do feel free to contact us with ideas and thoughts. We would be delighted to receive your input.

If you would like to learn more about BADER BRAVES and/or how you can get involved please contact:

David Bickers (Chief Executive Officer)
The Douglas Bader Foundation Administration Office, 14 Raynham Road, London,W6 0HY
Tel.: 020 8748 8884
Mob.: 07836 552536
Email: davidbdbf@hotmail.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

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