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Prime Minister Endorses DBF

As we start a new year with a refreshed Website and our exciting new Bader Braves initiative rapidly gaining momentum, it is good to have this endorsement from David Cameron, our Prime Minister.

A Letter of Endorsement from the Prime Minister

We were privileged to receive this moving endorsement from the Prime Minister following the sad death of his father last year.
Wyn Jenkins – Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge

Wyn Jenkins – Mount Kilimanjaro Challenge

In October 2009 Wyn Jenkins, a recent above knee amputee, received an invitation to summit Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of civilian amputees to raise funds for LimbPower. His initial feeling that it was a “wind-up” quickly turned to determination and, after following a rigorous fitness regime, he set off on the 14th October in… View Article
The Bader Cup – 2010. A Report from the Bedale Golf Club Newsletter

The Bader Cup – 2010. A Report from the Bedale Golf Club Newsletter

As you will have seen from a previous news item, the winners of this year’s BADER CUP was husband and wife team, Kate and Denis Thompson, from Bedale Golf Club, who won with an impressive 45 Stableford points. Here is an article about their victory taken from the Bedale Golf Club November Newsletter. You can… View Article
Cinema Chooses Bader Story to Mark its Milestone Birthday

Cinema Chooses Bader Story to Mark its Milestone Birthday

The GERRARDS CROSS Cinema is celebrating its 85th Birthday! To celebrate this achievement – unusual in cinema history with so many cinemas closing or changing their use, it will be showing “Reach for the Sky”. If you are or could be in the Gerrards Cross area on Tuesday 12th October, you could combine an enjoyable… View Article
Battle of Britain: Hero pilot Bader’s story

Battle of Britain: Hero pilot Bader’s story

by Jenny Minard BBC Berkshire Reporter Of all the Battle of Britain pilots, the name that is still the most famous is Sir Douglas Bader. He destroyed 22 enemy aircraft and was a larger than life character – which alone made him a well-known name. But that he overcame losing his legs in a flying… View Article

Squadron Leader tells of being shot down by Luftwaffe

Almost 70 years ago to the day, Squadron Leader Tony Pickering’s Hurricane plane was shot down by the German Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. But thankfully he survived and lived to tell the tale. The 90-year-old war veteran was the special guest at RAF Cosford Museum’s 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain event… View Article
Prime Minister's father was inspired by Sir Douglas Bader

Prime Minister's father was inspired by Sir Douglas Bader

Prime Minister David Cameron has met heroes of the Battle of Britain in central London at the start of a week of commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the RAF’s historic struggle with Germany’s Luftwaffe. He met four of the people wartime PM Sir Winston Churchill called “the few”: Spitfire pilots Geoffrey Wellum, 89, from… View Article
Battle of Britain Anniversary – Douglas Bader's Role. "Their finest hour: Canadian valour over the skies of Britain"

Battle of Britain Anniversary – Douglas Bader's Role. "Their finest hour: Canadian valour over the skies of Britain"

Posted By SEAN CHASE in The Canadian Daily Observer The images on the screen presented a frightening prospect to the startled radar operators manning their station high on the Dover cliffs. Multiple tracks revealed waves of enemy aircraft inbound from the French coast. Since the evacuation at Dunkirk in the spring, Britain held out as… View Article
Great Opportunity! A day sailing with Gwennili Trust

Great Opportunity! A day sailing with Gwennili Trust

Dear Friends I’m hoping to organise, subject to there being sufficient interest, a day sail for individuals on Spirit of Scott Bader on Fri 24 Sept.   This will probably be the last such opportunity this season. If you have previously sailed from Port Solent on the wheelchair accessible catamaran Spirit of Scott  Bader you know what to expect. If you… View Article
Flying start for new charity at Caernarfon Airport

Flying start for new charity at Caernarfon Airport

On Saturday, 4 September, 22 disabled youngsters will get the chance to take to the air for flying lessons at a family open day for the Eagles’ Wings Trust at the Dinas Dinlle airfield. The charity’s founder, former school teacher and flying instructor Paul Asbridge, is working with the Douglas Bader Foundation and Aerobility to… View Article
The Bader Cup – Last Regional Final Results. Victory for mother and son team.

The Bader Cup – Last Regional Final Results. Victory for mother and son team.

THE BADER CUP is now recognised to be Europe’s largest National Mixed Golf Tournament and, thanks to the hard work, dedication and support of those involved, annually raises a considerable amount of money for the Douglas Bader Foundation. For more information, please visit The Bader Cup Website. You will find a link at the bottom… View Article
The Bader Cup – Latest Results in from Ely City and Aldwickbury Park Golf Clubs

The Bader Cup – Latest Results in from Ely City and Aldwickbury Park Golf Clubs

THE BADER CUP is now recognised to be Europe’s largest National Mixed Golf Tournament and, thanks to the hard work, dedication and support of those involved, annually raises a considerable amount of money for the Douglas Bader Foundation. For more information, please visit The Bader Cup Website. You will find a link at the bottom… View Article

Cycle London to Paris – 2011

THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY! Would you like to join the Douglas Bader Foundation, Limbless Association and Limb Power on this great adventure? We need 30 people to ride alongside a team of amputees, healthcare professionals and friends. As well as getting fit and having a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging ride (with a great location at the… View Article
The Douglas Bader Notebooks

The Douglas Bader Notebooks

Last weekend, on the 14th August, we took my mother, Joan Bader, to the Eastbourne Airbourne Airshow. We had gone by a curiously circuitous route, having been initially invited by Ian Mantel who had organised my mother’s travel insurance to South Africa in February and had asked if her name “had anything to do with… View Article
The Bader Cup – Latest Results: Market Rasen & District Golf Club

The Bader Cup – Latest Results: Market Rasen & District Golf Club

The Bader Cup is now recognised to be Europe’s largest National Mixed Golf Tournament and, thanks to the hard work, dedication and support of those involved, annually raises a considerable amount of money for the Douglas Bader Foundation. For more information, please visit The Bader Cup Website. You will find a link on the Results Page…. View Article
The Bader Cup – 3rd Week Results: North Downs and Piltdown Golf Clubs

The Bader Cup – 3rd Week Results: North Downs and Piltdown Golf Clubs

The Bader Cup is now recognised to be Europe’s largest National Mixed Golf Tournament and, thanks to the hard work, dedication and support of those involved, annually raises a considerable amount of money for the Douglas Bader Foundation. For more information, please visit The Bader Cup Website. You will find a link on the Results Page…. View Article

Bader Braves Flying Day at White Waltham – A Personal View by Jessica Soanes

Following the excellent Bader Braves Young Aviators Day hosted by the West London Aero Club at White Waltham, we received the following wonderful accolade from Jessica Soanes, aged 11. We think that Jessica speaks very eloquently for many who may spend most of their time in a wheelchair or are otherwise physically restricted, about the… View Article
The Bader Cup Golf – Second Week Results Now In

The Bader Cup Golf – Second Week Results Now In

We have now completed the second week of the Bader Cup Regional Finals and two more results are in from Darlington and Pike Hills Golf Clubs played on the 5th and 6th August respectively. Congratulations to Gill and Andy Jones (Workington) who won at Darlington with 43 points and Kate and Denis Thompson (Bedale) who won at Pike Hills… View Article

Bader Braves Young Aviators Days – New Reports

BADER BRAVES is an initiative of the DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION (Charity Commission Registration Number:800435) We have now nearly completed the Bader Braves Young Aviators Days programme for 2010 with just one Flying Day left to take place on Saturday 4th September. Reports of the latest events have now been posted on the Douglas Bader Foundation… View Article

A Wonderful Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at RAF Waddington

RAF Waddington provides great day For Bader Braves Young Aviators. Even the weather was great on Saturday 24th July when ten Bader Braves along with their families, gathered at the entrance to RAF Waddington for the Bader Braves Young Aviators Day. It was a pretty impressive start as everyone was led in convoy to the… View Article
The Bader Cup – More Regional Final Results!

The Bader Cup – More Regional Final Results!

The first week of the Bader Cup Regional Finals is completed and two more results are in from Pontypridd and Craythorne Golf Clubs played on the 28th and 29th July respectively. Congratulations to Karen Over and Kevin Nicholson (The Park) and Barbara King and Jack Marris (Whetstone) who will join Pamela and Howard Chamberlain (Pleasington), who won at Birchwood, to play for the prestigious Bader… View Article
The Bader Cup 2010 – Regional Finals have started….

The Bader Cup 2010 – Regional Finals have started….

The Regional Finals of the 2010 BADER CUP, now recognised to be Europe’s largest National Mixed Golf Tournament, have just started and the first results are in. Congratulations to Pamela and Howard Chamberlain from Pleasington who won the Regional Finals at Birchwood Golf Club, Warrington, Cheshire, with 40 points and will now go on to play for the prestigiousBader… View Article
An Update from Gwennili Trust – Some Sailing Opportunities Still Available

An Update from Gwennili Trust – Some Sailing Opportunities Still Available

Dear Disabled Sailor It is not too late to book an exciting sail with the Gwennili Trust this season.   We still have a few opportunities available as follows: Sun 8 to Sun 15 August – a 7 day cruise, weather permitting to the Channel Islands, on the 39ft conventional yacht Outreach II.  While not suitable for a wheelchair user it would be… View Article
A New Charity Launches – The On Course Foundation

A New Charity Launches – The On Course Foundation

A new charity which has some connections to the Douglas Bader Foundation has recently been launched. David Bickers, Chairman of the Douglas Bader Foundation and John Simpson, founder of The On Course Foundation, first met and became friends when the both worked at IMG. John, who was born with polio, also openly acknowledges the part… View Article
Amputee Teachers Past or Present Wanted by the TES

Amputee Teachers Past or Present Wanted by the TES

We’ve been contacted by Hannah Frankel from the Times Educational Supplement with a request for interview volunteers. The TES is looking for teachers or former teachers who have lost a limb and who would be willing to talk about their experiences for a regular TES column called “The Day My Life Changed”. This looks at… View Article

Battle of Britain Anniversary: Scramble – The Heroes who Saved Britain!

By Peter Lewis Battle of Britain pilots would take to the air sick with fear – but their bravery and skill were all that denied Hitler victory Scramble!! There is no other word like it for reviving the sensations of the Battle of Britain just 70 years ago. For RAF fighter pilots it was the… View Article
Amputee Games 2010 – Date and Press Release

Amputee Games 2010 – Date and Press Release

The weekend for the next Amputee Games has been announced. It will be held on the 14th-15th August at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. As before, The Games is aimed at primary amputees (people who have undergone an amputation within the last 1-4 years)  and will give them an opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports,… View Article
Stop Press! ART TO FLY – an exciting new venture for DBF

Stop Press! ART TO FLY – an exciting new venture for DBF

The Douglas Bader Foundation is very proud to announce the launching of a unique fundraising website www.ArtToFly.orgin this the 100th anniversary of Douglas’ birth and the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in which he played a part. It’s not an ordinary commercial website, as you will see! ART TO FLY features a wonderful… View Article
Stop Press! ART TO FLY – an exciting new venture for DBF

Stop Press! ART TO FLY – an exciting new venture for DBF

The Douglas Bader Foundation is very proud to announce the launching of a unique fundraising website www.ArtToFly.orgin this the 100th anniversary of Douglas’ birth and the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in which he played a part. It’s not an ordinary commercial website, as you will see! ART TO FLY features a wonderful… View Article

Glorious Goodwood!! A Flying Day to Remember

A write up following the excellent BADER BRAVES FLYING DAY at Goodwood Aero Club on Sunday 13th June where a (very) good time was had by all and, again, we were extraordinarily lucky with the weather. As always, we are extremely grateful to everyone involved for all that went into giving the Braves and their… View Article
New Tring Mayor Pledges Support to DBF

New Tring Mayor Pledges Support to DBF

New Tring Mayor Elected Cllr Roxanne Ransley, elected as Tring Town Mayor on May 10th 2010, (Tring is the home of the HQ of The Douglas Bader Foundation), has pledged her support to our charity throughout her year of office. The Foundation will benefit from a number of the Mayors fund raising intiatives that will take… View Article

New Tring Mayor Pledges Support to DBF

New Tring Mayor Elected Cllr Roxanne Ransley, elected as Tring Town Mayor on May 10th 2010, (Tring is the home of the HQ of The Douglas Bader Foundation), has pledged her support to our charity throughout her year of office. The Foundation will benefit from a number of the Mayors fund raising intiatives that will… View Article
A New Page for the Website!

A New Page for the Website!

We have added a new “GENERAL INTEREST” Page to the Website. Here you will be able to read stories and information relating to Douglas Bader and the Douglas Bader Foundation. We already have a fascinating article on Colditz Castle, where Douglas was held prisoner of war by the Germans, written by Steve McNeice (only the… View Article

A Wonderful Gift

PETER CLOSE, a very gifted sculptor, has generously donated a bust of Douglas Bader to the Douglas Bader Foundation. With Peter’s blessing, we will use the bust to raise funds for the charity at a future dedicated fund-raising auction and are deeply grateful to him for this wonderful opportunity. Peter, who works from  his studio… View Article

CAERNARFON 15th May-Bader Young Aviator days get off to a Flier!

The BADER BRAVES Flying Day at Caernarfon Airport was a fantastic success and a wonderful day out for all the children and their families. We hope that the following  will give you a flavour of what the Flying Days are all about and encourage you to attend of our other Flying Days, which still have… View Article
GWENNILI TRUST SAILING-Last opportunities. Don't miss it!

GWENNILI TRUST SAILING-Last opportunities. Don't miss it!

An update from Gwennili Trust. Don’t miss the last opportunities to sail with this fantastic organisation this season. Although the 2010 Sailing Programme is now almost fully subscribed there are still opportunities to sail with the Gwennili Trust this season. There are day sails for individuals from Port Solent on the wheelchair accessible catamaran Spirit… View Article
IMPORTANT! DBF EVENTS UPDATE

IMPORTANT! DBF EVENTS UPDATE

HADRIAN’S WALL TREK – Friday 25th June 2010. Unfortunately we have had to postpone the Hadrian’s Wall 3 Day Trek. We  will be announcing the new date shortly. Places will be limited and will go fast so please register your interest early and we will contact you. Click HERE for more information. BADER BRAVES: WATER CHALLENGE… View Article

RAF Museum unveils Sir Douglas Bader exhibition at Colindale site

A UNIQUE war hero who battled to serve his country despite losing both his legs is celebrated in an exhibition opening in Colindale today. The RAF Museum’s Sir Douglas Bader Anniversary Exhibition, including medals, letters and log-books, marks 100 years since the famous Wing Commander’s birth and the start of his charity’s latest campaign to… View Article
One Hand Hair Ties

One Hand Hair Ties

Enterprising upper limb amputee, Holly Franklin, frustrated by fruitless efforts to use ordinary hair ties had resorted to cutting her hair and keeping it short until, with true Bader spirit, she decided to tackle the problem a different way by designing her own. These Hair Ties, called 1-UP Hair Ties, are designed to be used… View Article