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 with limb deficiency and other disabled through a series of grants and initiatives, the latest being BADER BRAVES, which was launched on the 10th February 2010, to celebrate Sir Douglas’s Honourary Chieftainship of the Kanai Indians – a great honour bestowed on only a very few – and the Bravery of children with limb loss and other disabilities.
Now, almost unbelievably, nearly 30 years has passed since the death of Sir Douglas and we are very proud to be able to say that The Douglas Bader Foundation is still going strong – quite an achievement, especially in this constrained and uncertain economic climate. It’s not easy for small charities to survive at the moment, especially with the competition from large, funded charities so let’s hear it on behalf of the unsung heroes!
We have several exciting Events and announcements planned to commemorate this landmark anniversary for The Douglas Bader Foundation and would be delighted to have your input.
The DBF relies almost entirely on fund-raising to continue its valuable work on behalf of amputees and other disabled and we welcome all contributions, ideas and fund-raising events great and small.
We’d love to hear from you if you have any suggestions as to how we can celebrate our 30th Anniversary and raise funds at the same time. Wacky or conventional, as long as they’re positive(!), we’d love to hear them. We’re always happy to support and advise on individual events and ideas so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We’ve had several people take on individual challenges to raise funds on our behalf, the latest being David McNamara who undertook the gruelling National 3 Peaks Challenge to raise funds specifically for the BADER BRAVES Initiative on behalf of his son, BADER BRAVE veteran, Morgan. You can read about his personal challenge HERE and there’s still – just – time to donate to his JustGiving Page and help his wife, Angela, to reach her £1,000 target. These individual challenges, reminiscent of Sir Douglas’s own personal courage in overcoming his disabilities, are very much in the spirit of the charity whose ethos has always been about inspiration and encouragement. To quote him: “A disabled person who fights back isn’t disabled but inspired…”
You can also help by joining one of our group Events such as the London 10k Run 2012 and various forthcoming cycling events (information to follow), where you can join Team Bader, raise money for a very worthy cause, and have fun and meet some nice people at the same time.
If you’d like to support the DBF by joining in other National or International Events, please contact us and we’d be happy to supply you with one of our cutting-edge-of-fashion DBF T Shirts or Vests modelled here by stalwart supporters, Jess Delderfield and Graham Tonks! (Soon to be revealed – our brand new, dashing Cycling Gear. Watch this space…)
Whatever you do to support us will be enormously appreciated and you can be sure that funds raised will be used to help where it is needed.
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