Tag Archive: Bader Braves

Many new Events in the Pipeline for DBF in 2017

2017, the 35th Anniversary for the DBF, promises to be a bumper year with many new activities planned and in the pipeline. ∗Team Bader (Cycling): Already one great event, The Dambusters Cycle Ride, is under construction thanks to the DBF’s invaluable Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins. The inaugural event took place in May this year and was a huge success…. View Article

Braves have fun at Haverfordwest

At last! A sunny day for one of our Young Aviators Days! The weather must have been caught napping on the 19th September as, for once, it failed to force the cancellation of one of our Flying Days and our Braves had a fantastic time with Pembrokeshire Flying Club. What a way to finish our Young… View Article

Ulster Flying Day – KD Report

Sun Shines for Brilliant Ulster Braves Day Saturday 5th September dawned bright and sunny; not blazing hot but at least we had got what was to be perfect weather for our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day with The Ulster Flying Club at Newtownards Airport. Please click on the link to read Keith Delderfield’s Report

Bader Braves visit Yeovilton

Young Aviators Take off Whilst Still on the Ground!! The 2015 Bader Braves Young Aviators programme got off to a flying start on 9th April but nobody left the ground!! Our first event took the form of a superb day with the Royal Navy Historic Flight, RN Air Squadron 815 and the Fleet Air Arm… View Article

Bader Braves Go Kart Adventure

Bader Braves Go Karting Day at Oasis Karting Project, Stockwell, London 8th April 2015   A very excited group of Bader Braves and their families arrived at the Oasis Go Karting Project for a Bader Braves trial Go Karting Day. In the safe hands of Oasis Karting organiser JP and his group of helpers, mechanics,… View Article

Urgent! Last few places Yeovilton

We still have a few places left on our Bader Braves visit to The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Royal Navy Historic Flight on Thursday 9th April. This will be a fascinating and exciting visit limited to just 12 Braves and these last places are bound to go quickly. If you’d like… View Article

DBF Continue Support of Games

By David Bickers Douglas Bader Foundation continues its association with the Primary Games. Another fantastic day at Stoke Mandeville organised by LimbPower and WheelPower. Great turn out of families and in awe of the abilities of this varied group of children with disabilities and seeing a number of friendly faces from our Bader Braves events. Good… View Article

2015 Bader Braves Programme

Bader Braves Young Aviators Days & Events Schedule 2015 Visits: Thurs 9th April:   Visit: Fleet Air Arm Museum & RN Historic Flight: Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset, BA22 8HT Young Aviators Days: Sat 16th May:  Young Aviators: Moray Flying Club: Kinloss Barracks, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3UH Sat 23rd May:  Young Aviators:  Scottish… View Article

First event of 2015

Our 2015 schedule for BADER BRAVES Events and Young Aviators Days will kick off on Thursday 9th April with this brilliant, not-to-be-missed opportunity to visit RNAS Yeovilton.

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BADER BRAVES – A Brilliant Day at Bodmin! KD Report

Please click on the link to see a wonderful selection of photographs very kindly taken and sent to us by Derek Boyce. We are extremely grateful to Derek for sharing these and hope you enjoy them! https://www.flickr.com/photos/16090262@N06/sets/72157647259047752/

Young Aviators Day at Bodmin Airfield this Saturday (23rd August) now full

Hello BADER BRAVES! We hope you’ve had a good weekend. I’ve just heard that our Young Aviators Day to be held at Cornwall Flying Club, Bodmin Airfield this coming Saturday, 23rd August, is full and, with regret, we are unable to accept any further entries. We apologise to any of our Braves who had hoped to… View Article

Big Bertha Bags BADER BRAVES at GOODWOOD!

BIG BERTHA BAGS BADER BRAVES AT GOODWOOD In an odd way it was something of a relief to awake this Sunday morning to the sound of rain beating on the bedroom window for, on Friday morning and in the light of the terrible weather forecast for Sunday 10th August along the South Coast region,  a… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Goodwood Flying Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at GOODWOOD FLYING CLUB: SUNDAY 10TH AUGUST: Goodwood Flying Club – Goodwood Airfield, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PH. (NB: This Event is full and entries have been closed. We are sorry for any disappointment.)

The Triathlon is almost upon us – PLEASE Support our Brave Competitors

The London Triathlon will take place this coming weekend! Not much time left to prepare and our competitors are all raring to go!   The DBF is very proud to be fielding 3 teams, one consisting entirely of leg amputees, and one solo competitor for this iconic event.   OUR TEAMS: 1) Wyn Jenkins (swim),… View Article

Bader Braves – Shropshire Storms Swoop on Sleap…Keith Delderfield’s report.

SHROPSHIRE STORMS SWOOP ON SLEAP Report by Keith Delderfield   Saturday 19th July saw Mother Nature at her worst in Shropshire!! My phone sprung into life around 06.15 with the first call of the day from a concerned parent of one of our Bader Braves enquiring as to whether or not our Young Aviators Day… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Shropshire Aero Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at SHROPSHIRE AERO CLUB: SATURDAY 19TH JULY: Shropshire Aero Club – Sleap Aerodrome, Harmer Hill, Shropshire, SY4 3HE

Support for DBF in London Triathlon!

(Please click on the logo above to visit the London Triathlon Website.) The London Triathlon will take place on the 2nd and 3rd August. The event is approaching fast and our DBF representatives will soon be putting their months of training to the test.  The London Triathlon is the world’s biggest and most iconic triathlon,… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at White Waltham: Brilliant! Keith Delderfield’s report….

BREITLING WATCH Auction!

We are very excited to be announcing the auction of the first of 4 beautiful Navitimer watches extremely generously donated to us by Breitling to raise funds for the charity, specifically the BADER BRAVES. We have made up 4 individual boxed sets with these legendary watches and are immensely proud of the end product. Each… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – West London Aero Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at WEST LONDON AERO CLUB: SUNDAY 6TH JULY: West London Aero Club – White Waltham Airfield, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3TW

Entries closed for Young Aviators Day at Haverfordwest!

We’ve just heard that the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day to be held at Haverfordwest Airport on the 20th September is now full and, with regret, we’re unable to accept any further entries. As you know, this is a revised date as the event was originally scheduled for the end of June but had to… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Devon & Somerset Flight Training

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at DEVON & SOMERSET FLIGHT TRAINING: SATURDAY 21ST JUNE: Devon & Somerset Flight Training – Dunkeswell Aerodrome, Honiton, Devon, EX14 4LG

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Perth (KD Report)

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Scottish Aero Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at SCOTTISH AERO CLUB: Saturday 24th May: Scottish Aero Club – Perth Airport, Scone, Perth, PH2 6PL

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Moray Flying Club

BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAY at MORAY FLYING CLUB: Saturday 17th May: Moray Flying Club: Kinloss Barracks, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3UH

Bader Braves Young Aviators Days update

The first of our popular BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Days is almost upon us with the 2014 Programme taking off(!) in style at the Moray Flying Club at Kinloss Barracks in Morayshire this Saturday, 17th May. In fact the programme is starting with such enthusiasm that this event is full and entries have closed. We’re… View Article

A great time had by all at the BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend at Calvert Trust, Kielder

BADER BRAVES ADVENTURE WEEKEND at CALVERT TRUST KIELDER 11-13 April 2014 Well – what a wonderful time we all had at Calvert Trust, Kielder, last weekend. A big thank you to all who attended and made it such a heart-warming and inspirational weekend. We have held previous Adventure Weekends at the Calvert Trust both in… View Article

BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend for Young Amputees and Children with Limb Loss

A BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend for young amputees and children with limb loss will be held at the Calvert Trust, Kielder on the weekend of the 11th – 13th April. (Please note that this event is full.) For more information please contact: DAVID BICKERS, The Douglas Bader Foundation Administration Office, 14 Raynham Road, London,W6 0HY… View Article

Introducing BILL!

Some of you may have noticed that LLIC has gone from the DBF Website. We have brought it back under the Bader umbrella and it is now the BADER INFO on LIMB LOSS, aka BILL! The bare bones are now in place but we will be working hard on simplifying and consolidating the content –… View Article

Changes to DBF Website

We finally accepted that to embrace 2014, changes need to be made to our Website in order to keep up with advancing technology and the amount of people who now access the Web through mobile ‘phones, tablets and other hand-held devices. The Website is being largely redesigned and updated so that it will be responsive… View Article

BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend for Children with Limb Loss

DBF are delighted to announce that we will be holding a BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend in April for young amputees and children with limb loss. The event will run between the 11th and 13th April and will again be hosted by the fantastic Calvert Trust, Kielder. (Click on the logo to visit the Calvert Trust,… View Article

We’re back! Happy New Year!

HURRAH! We’re back on air! HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our BADER BRAVES, families and carers and to all our supporters. We hope you all had a very happy Christmas time and that 2014 is going well for you so far despite the worst that the weather can throw at us all. Our sympathy to… View Article

A big thank you to CRERAR HOTELS

A very big “THANK YOU” to Crerar Hotels Trust for their generous support of The DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION/BADER BRAVES activities in Scotland and Northern England. Crerar Hotels Trust Chairman and Chief Executive of Crerar Hotel Group, Paddy Crerar, said giving back to local communities to improve the quality of everyday lives is at the heart… View Article
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Exhibition to raise funds for the DBF

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Exhibition to raise funds for the DBF

I am very proud to announce that the NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS will be holding an exhibition to support The DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION in October this year. Please put the date in your diary. ************************************ The NORDEN FARM DBF MIXED EXHIBITION 22nd October – 3rd November 2013  NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS… View Article

BADER BRAVES – Ulster Flying Day 2 well worth waiting for

BADER BRAVES – Flying Day at Waddington a great success! (Now with Gallery)

Here is Keith Delderfield’s report of the great Young Aviators Day enjoyed by our BADER BRAVES and their families at the RAF Waddington Flying Club, Lincoln, on Saturday 7th September. Sadly Keith forgot to take his camera with him(!) so we’d be very grateful to receive any pictures taken of the day by our Braves…. View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at Bodmin – Report by Keith Delderfield (Now with photos by Derek Boyce)

Many thanks to Victor Rose for sending in these great photos of Kedmanee enjoying the Flying Day at Bodmin. We are always delighted to receive pictures and reports from our Braves and their families. It’s lovely to have them to share as memories with existing Braves and to encourage new Braves to join the BADER… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day at Goodwood: Report & Photographs

We had another fantastic day for the BADER BRAVES in West Sussex on our revised date of Saturday 3rd August. It is the fourth time that we have been so generously hosted by our friends at the Goodwood Aero Club and once again they ensured that everyone left with a great big smile on their… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day Sleap – Some photographs from Bader Brave, Ellie

We always love hearing from our BADER BRAVES about their experiences at the Young Aviators Days and other BB Events and we were delighted to receive these great photographs from Ellie who joined us for the hugely successful Flying Day at Sleap Aerodrome in Shropshire on Saturday 20th July. A big thank you also to… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day – Sleap

Here is Keith Delderfield’s report of what was clearly a hugely successful BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at Sleap Aerodrome, Shropshire. As always, we’d love to hear your own reports and to receive any photographs you may have to share so do please get in touch and keep checking the pages for more. BADER BRAVES… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day Perth – Report & Photographs

PERTH SCOTTISH AERO CLUB DAY 6TH JULY REPORT A happy band of 30 local children including wheelchair users, youngsters suffering from cancer and young carers who look after their own disabled parents at home, took the skies  enjoying once in a lifetime flights for a day to remember. The great success on Saturday was  aided by fine weather and tremendous… View Article

BADER BRAVES – A Great Day at Dunkeswell

Sun Shines for Super Show At Dunkeswell. 19 Bader Braves and their families gathered at Dunkeswell Aerodrome near Honiton in Devon on Saturday 29th June for the first ever Young Aviators Day at this splendid and very friendly venue. To make the day even more enjoyable we were blessed with some splendid weather, warm sunshine… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day at Haverfordwest – A Helper (and flyer)’s Wonderful Blog & Film

We are enormously grateful to one of the lovely helpers at the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day, which was held at Haverfordwest Airport on Saturday 8th June. Leia Fee was an enormous help on the day in every way, and, with help from her mother, last seen leaving the airfield with a car boot full… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day at Haverfordwest – Report, 1st Photographs & some video clips…

HAVERFORDWEST BADER BRAVES FLYING DAY SATURDAY 8th JUNE 2013 Sunny Saturday as temperatures hit 24 degrees in Haverfordwest Airfield, and no wind.  9 aircraft  present and correct accompanied by  12 pilots on hand to fly as many flights as required , a happy band of Helpers and Ground Crew and the DBF Team of David… View Article

From The Western Telegraph County News – Young Aviator Day flies in to Haverfordwest

5:00pm Friday 7th June 2013 in County News THE sky above Haverfordwest will be buzzing tomorrow when the Bader Braves Young Aviator Day comes to the area for the first time. Up to a dozen light aircraft – ranging from a vintage Piper J5 Club and Areonca Chiefs to modern day types – will be… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Day Kinloss – Some great new photographs!

We are very grateful to Billy Laing of the Forres Camera Club for sending in the great photos taken at the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at Moray Flying Club, Kinloss Barracks. The Flying Day took place on Saturday 18th May – an inauspicious day weather-wise as it turned out. Fortunately all at Kinloss Barracks… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day White Waltham – From a Pilot’s Perspective

We are greatly indebted to the pilots, volunteers, helpers and all at the various Airfields that so kindly host our BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Days. Without their support and generosity these events simply wouldn’t be possible. It was both gratifying and poignant, therefore, to hear from Stuart Scott, one of the pilots at the thoroughly… View Article

BADER BRAVES – West London Aero Club Flying Day – Report by Keith Delderfield

BADER BRAVES Flying Day White Waltham Airfield – Some photographs…

I was lucky to be at the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day at the West London Aero Club at White Waltham Airfield yesterday (Sunday 12th May). As in previous years, the Club, their members and their wonderful pilots did us proud and ensured that the Braves and their families had a great day out. There’s… View Article

BADER BRAVES – 2013 Flying Days off to a great start at Ulster

The first BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day of 2013 took place at Ulster Airfield on Bank Holiday Saturday, 4th May. As you’ll read from Keith Delderfield’s report below, we couldn’t have had a better start to the 2013 Programme. There are more photographs to follow, so please keep checking in.   Bader Braves Young Aviators… View Article

BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Weekend – Calvert Trust Exmoor: Report & Gallery 1

Here is Keith Delderfield’s report of the wonderful Winter Wonderland Weekend (avoid alliteration always!) at Calvert Trust, Exmoor. You will also be able to see a selection of the photographs he took there as a gallery below or as a collection in the BADER BRAVES Gallery Page. You can view the images as a slideshow… View Article

BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Adventure Weekend, Exmoor

I was lucky enough to attend the BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Adventure Weekend this past weekend and can quite truthfully say that everyone who attended, whatever their age, size or disability, had the most wonderful time courtesy of the excellent Calvert Trust, Exmoor. I couldn’t go to last year’s Winter Wonderland Weekend at one of… View Article

Nathan Doidge – A New Ambassador for the DBF!

We are delighted and very honoured that Nathan Doidge has agreed to join our small but very select band of DBF Ambassadors. Ambassadors are selected because of their commitment to and support of the charity and for their inspirational personalities and achievements. ****** They are all people with whom we are proud to be associated… View Article

It’s Here! Bader Braves Flying Day Programme now in!

After a lot of head-scratching, juggling and hard work on behalf of Keith Delderfield, we are delighted to be able to announce the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day Programme – almost in its entirety – for 2013. **** Two of the dates, Saturday 1st June (RAF Waddington) and Saturday 15th June (Great Oakley Airfield) have… View Article

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello and best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year to all our readers and supporters. Well – another Christmas has been and gone and here we are in 2013! This is a very auspicious year for the DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION as it is our 30th Anniversary Year. We are immensely proud of… View Article
BADER BRAVES at Calvert Trust

BADER BRAVES at Calvert Trust

We are delighted to announce a brand new Event for the Douglas Bader Foundation BADER BRAVES. Following the success of our Winter Wonderland Weekend in Kielder, we’ve joined forces with the excellent Calvert Trust again but this time at their state-of-the-art Centre in Exmoor. CALVERT TRUST EXMOOR is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the… View Article

BADER BUS COMPANY Still Running 30 Years On!

HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY TO THE DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION! (Sadly, due to computer problems, published a day late!) Sir Douglas died in September 1982 and, following literally sackfulls of letters from amputees and other disabled he’d visited and inspired over the years, begging his family not to let his inspiration die with him, the Douglas Bader… View Article

A slightly belated report from the Junior Amputee Games

Here’s a report from our own David Bickers who was at the Junior Amputee Games held at Stoke Mandeville on the 15th/16th September. Apologies for the late appearance of this post. *************************  Dear All – This was a great weekend and well attended. Approx 60 children over the two days. Mentors from different sports were… View Article

BADER BRAVES Flying Days 2012 – Some feedback comments…

Our BADER BRAVES Flying Day Programme for 2012 has now been successfully completed despite the worst the weather and the Olympics could throw at us and we are very grateful to the following participants for their feedback. We always love to hear from you and, of course, to receive any photographs you are happy to… View Article

BADER BRAVES! – Flying Day Report from Sleap

The Douglas Bader Foundation BADER BRAVES had a day to remember at Sleap Aerodrome on Saturday 8th September. A report by Keith Delderfield follows but, as these Young Aviators Days are very much your days, BRAVES, we’d love to receive any reports, stories and memories you have of the day. We’re also always delighted to… View Article

BADER BRAVES! – Flying Day report from Ulster

The BADER BRAVES had a great day to mark the first Young Aviators Day in Northern Ireland on Saturday, September 1st. A report by Keith Delderfield follows but, as always, we’d love to receive your own reports and photographs if you’re willing to share them. These Flying Days are very much your days, BRAVES, and… View Article

BADER BRAVES! – Flying Day Report from Pembrey

The BADER BRAVES had a wonderful day at Pembrey Airport on Saturday July 28th. Here is a report on the day by Keith Delderfield. We’d very much like to hear your own reports or stories and, as always, to receive any photographs you or your families or carers may have taken on the day to… View Article

BADER BRAVES! A Day at Tangmere Aviation Museum! Don’t miss this great opportunity

A reminder to all BADER BRAVES and their families that Saturday 11th August offers the opportunity to spend the day at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. You will get a FREE GUIDED TOUR of this fascinating museum and the opportunity to learn more about Sir Douglas Bader, our eponymous hero. This is a wonderful complement to… View Article

OLYMPICS SHOOT DOWN BADER BRAVES HEADCORN EVENT!!

The Douglas Bader Foundation have just received notification that due to demands on airspace inflicted by the 2012 Olympic Games air restrictions in the locality and the subsequent demands on the workforce at Headcorn and increased circuit workload, the Headcorn Bader Braves Young Aviators Day scheduled for Sunday 5th August has had to be postponed…. View Article

Bader Braves fail to take off in Perth

Bader Braves Young Aviators fail to take off in Perth Atrocious weather in Perth on 16th & 17th June led to the abandonment of the Bader Braves Young Aviators Day scheduled there. But all is not lost!! Thanks to the generosity of the members and committee at the Scottish Aero Club the event will now… View Article

Please join in our 30th Anniversary Celebrations

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… View Article

IMPORTANT! Tangmere Aviation Museum Event Postponed

Unfortunately our Tangmere Aviation Museum Event, scheduled for Saturday 26th May has had to be postponed and will now take place on Saturday 11th August. We apologise for the short notice and for any disappointment caused by this change to the Bader Braves Programme. It does mean, however, that those of you able to be… View Article

URGENT! BADER BRAVES – Waddington Falls Victim to the Olympics!

Waddington Falls Victim to the Olympics!! It is with more than a tinge of sadness that we have had to cancel our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day scheduled for 2nd June 2012 at RAF Waddington due to the stations commitment to the upcoming London Olympics. Despite considerable efforts to find an alternative venue the time… View Article
3 Peaks Challenge – David McNamara's Inspiring Report

3 Peaks Challenge – David McNamara's Inspiring Report

David McNamara completed the gruelling “3 Peaks Challenge” to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation, specifically theBADER BRAVES initiative. David’s son, Morgan, is an enthusiastic BRAVE with several events under his belt. Reading David’s wonderful account may give you an idea of what you have to go through to complete a challenge like this – the… View Article

3 Peaks Challenge an inspiring report

David McNamara completed the gruelling “3 Peaks Challenge” to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation, specifically the BADER BRAVES initiative. David’s son, Morgan, is an enthusiastic BRAVE with several events under his belt. Reading David’s wonderful account may give you an idea of what you have to go through to complete a challenge like… View Article

BADER BRAVES – 1st Flying Day 2012 at Kinloss

Saturday May 5th saw the successful and very enjoyable completion of the Douglas Bader Foundation BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day of the 2012 Programme. This was held at R.A.F. Kinloss and, as you will see from Keith Delderfield’s report below, a very good time was had by all. As you know, we are always delighted… View Article

A DBF Grant for Nathan Doidge

Nathan Doidge Reaches for the Sky to achieve his Private Flying License. Nathan was born with cerebral palsy and is passionate about flying. At the moment he is thought to be the most profoundly disabled solo pilot in Britain. Nathan 32 who lives in Hayle, Cornwall, has flown many times over the past two years… View Article

David McNamara – 3 Peaks Challenge

HE’S DONE IT!! David McNamara, who heroically beat the National 3 Peaks Challenge to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation’s initiative, BADER BRAVES, has kindly provided us with some dramatic photographs taken during his gruelling 24 hours. He will also be sending us an article about it early next week. This, with the additional… View Article

IMPORTANT! Date change for 1st Caernarfon Flying Day

Calling all BADER BRAVES! * Please note that the date of our 5th BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day 2012 at Caernarfon Airport, Dinas Dinlle, Gwynedd, LL54 5TP has had to be changed * Instead of being held on Saturday July 7th as originally scheduled, the 1st of our 2 Flying Days at Caernarfon has been put… View Article
Congratulations David! He's done it!

Congratulations David! He's done it!

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM McNAMARA!!! While most of us have been pursuing our daily routine over the past couple of days (much of it, if your routine is anything like mine, sitting safely on our backsides!), David McNamara, valiantly assisted and supported by his driver, Tony White, has spent 23 hours and 40 minutes scaling not one… View Article

Congratulations David! He’s done it!

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM McNAMARA!!! While most of us have been pursuing our daily routine over the past couple of days (much of it, if your routine is anything like mine, sitting safely on our backsides!), David McNamara, valiantly assisted and supported by his driver, Tony White, has spent 23 hours and 40 minutes scaling not one… View Article
Countdown! David's digging deep. Please dig deep to support him…

Countdown! David's digging deep. Please dig deep to support him…

DAVID McNAMARA from Maidenhead, father of one of our Bader Braves, has taken on the amazing 3 Peaks Challenge on behalf of his son and to raise much needed funds for the Foundation and, in particular, the Braves project. David’s son is something of a Braves veteran having participated in a number of our Young… View Article

Countdown! David’s digging deep – please dig deep to support him

DAVID McNAMARA from Maidenhead, father of one of our Bader Braves, has taken on the amazing 3 Peaks Challenge on behalf of his son and to raise much needed funds for the Foundation and, in particular, the Braves project. David’s son is something of a Braves veteran having participated in a number of our Young… View Article

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Days 2012 – Latest Schedule: 12 Opportunities This Year!

We are delighted and very proud to announce the final schedule for our BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Days 2012. We have increased both the amount of dates – we can now offer an amazing 12 to choose from – and also the venues. As well as some old favourites, you’ll see brand new names and… View Article

BADER BRAVES – Peter Saywell Track Day a great success

Peter Saywell Track Day at Goodwood Race Circuit, West Sussex Saturday, 31st March 2012 1st Report! We’re delighted to report that The Peter Saywell Track Day at Goodwood held on Saturday was a great success. The Douglas Bader Foundation CEO, David Bickers, was there and had even more excitement than anticipated when the driver of… View Article
David’s 3 Peaks Challenge to help  Bader Braves.

David’s 3 Peaks Challenge to help Bader Braves.

David McNamara from Maidenhead, father of one of our Bader Braves, has taken on the amazing 3 Peaks Challenge on behalf of his son and to raise much needed funds for the Foundation and, in particular, the Braves project. David’s son is something of a Braves veteran having participated in a number of our Young… View Article
BADER BRAVES – Feedback from the Winter Wonderland Weekend at Kielder

BADER BRAVES – Feedback from the Winter Wonderland Weekend at Kielder

Feedback is filtering through following the hugely enjoyable and successful BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Weekend at Kielder, which was held from January 27th – 29th. We are always delighted to receive your comments so that we can either see where we can improve things for our Braves and their families and carers or, even better,… View Article

The BADER BRAVES enjoying the Flying Day at Bodmin Airfield 2011 – a film by Scot Weller

Follow the link to see a wonderful video by Scot Weller of the BADER BRAVES enjoying one of the Douglas Bader Foundation’s Young Aviator Flying Days at Bodmin Airfield, 2011. This great little film captures the spirit of the day perfectly and encapsulates what these wonderful events are all about. Thank you, Scot Please click… View Article

BADER BRAVES receive support from Bakers and Larners in Norfolk

Norfolk Commercial Support for Bader Braves After 240 years of trading in the pretty and fascinating market town of Holt in Norfolk, the family run business of Baker & Larners has moved into the area of aviation (probably for the first time) and thrown it’s support into The Bader Braves Young Aviators project by naming… View Article

BADER BRAVES – Opportunity to visit Tangmere Aviation Museum

Calling all BRAVES! To Tangmere Aviation Museum, Tangmere, Nr. Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 2ES on Saturday, 26th May We are indebted to Tangmere Aviation Museum for inviting BADER BRAVES to a free guided Museum tour. You will be able to: Hear the story of Douglas Bader Try the Flight Simulator Eat a free Packed Lunch… View Article

BADER BRAVES – An Event not to miss: Track Day at Goodwood Race Circuit

Calling all BRAVES! Peter Saywell Track Day at Goodwood Race Circuit, West Sussex Saturday, 31st March 2012 * Come and watch supercars race round the legendary Goodwood Motor Racing Track * Free Admission Parade Lap of Cars View Cars in The Pits All Racing Drivers have paid a fee to race with fees and donation going… View Article

It’s Here! Schedule of BADER BRAVES Flying Days for 2012 and more!

Here is the first information regarding the BADER BRAVES Young Aviators’ Days for 2012.  We have again increased the days on offer and the geographical area we can cover so you’ll see some new venues along with the old favourites. This is initial information only so that you can get an idea of what dates… View Article

BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Weekend, Kielder – New Photographs now in!

Keith Delderfield, the Douglas Bader Foundation Director of Operations, who was at the hugely successful BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Weekend at Calvert Trust, Kielder in beautiful Northumberland has send in some new photographs of the event. There are some beautiful images of Kielder Water and surrounds and some great pictures that make it very clear… View Article

BADER BRAVES – Winter Wonderland Weekend: first Photos and reports coming in

Our BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Weekend at the wonderful Calvert Trust, Kielder in Northumberland, which was held last weekend from the 27th – 29th January, was a great success as already reported. The photos and stories are beginning to come in… We are very grateful to BRAVE, Camron Hall, and his family for being the… View Article

BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Weekend – A sparkling success

The BADER BRAVES Winter Wonderland Weekend, held at Calvert Trust, Kielder, Northumberland over the weekend  (27th – 29th January), was a sparkling success in every way. From the frost on the ground to the enjoyment of the Braves and their carers and families. There was an excellent response to this event resulting in a lovely… View Article
DBF Starts 2012 on a High Note

DBF Starts 2012 on a High Note

THE Douglas Bader Foundation is going into 2012, the year of what will be our 30th Anniversary, on a high note. Not only have we been in existence now for almost 30 years following the charity’s inception after the death of Sir Douglas, 30 years ago in September this year (no mean feat for a… View Article
Weather beats Braves yet again in North Wales

Weather beats Braves yet again in North Wales

Sadly the final Bader Braves Young Aviators Day scheduled for 8th October at Caernarfon Airport in North Wales has, for the third time this year, fallen victim of poor weather. With drizzle and high winds forecast for the day the organisers had little choice other than to call of the event. Paul Asbridge, CFI at… View Article
Bader Braves Young Aviators Day – White Waltham

Bader Braves Young Aviators Day – White Waltham

Braves have a Wonderful Day At White Waltham Thank goodness Sunday 28th August provided much better weather for our Bader Braves Young Aviators than Sunday 17th July had when torrential rain and high winds forced the abandonment of the event. Although not a blisteringly hot or particularly sunny day, weather conditions were pretty good for flying… View Article

Bader Braves Young Aviators Day – Goodwood

Braves Golden Day at Glorious Goodwood Once again Goodwood Aerodrome provided not just a superb venue for our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day on 21st August but also great weather, maybe not quite as hot as last year but sunny and bright, just right for a very successful flying day. Youngsters were again treated to flights… View Article

Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at Seething – Brilliant New Photographs!

Simon Finlay, a professional photographer, has kindly allowed us to publish photographs he took at the excellent Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at Seething Airfield, a previous World War 2 Bomber Station, on Sunday 7th August. There are quite a lot of images so we’ve split them into 3 separate Galleries. They are on the… View Article

Super Seething Bader Braves – Young Aviators Day

A Super Day at Seething Despite warnings of poor weather for our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at Seething Airfield, a previous WW2 bomber station that had been home to 63 B-24 Liberator aircraft of the USAAF 448th Bombardment Group (Heavy), Sunday 7th August dawned bright and sunny and continued in that mode throughout the… View Article

Cornwall Flying Club give the Bader Braves a day to remember at Bodmin

Blazing Bodmin makes for Brilliant Bader Braves Day Following the disappointing weather of last weekend that forced the abandonment of our White Waltham event (now rearranged for Sunday 28th August), waking to a bright sunny morning in Bodmin was a huge relief. 31 Bader Braves assembled at the Cornwall Flying Club based at Bodmin Airfield… View Article

Bakers & Larners select the Douglas Bader Foundation as their Charity of the Year for 2011

All at the DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION are extremely grateful to BAKERS & LARNERS of Holt for their support and look forward to working with them in the year ahead.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! Postponement of Young Aviators Day at White Waltham 17/07/11

IMPORTANT NOTICE! Postponement of Young Aviators Day at White Waltham 17/07/11

BADER BRAVES Young Aviators Day: Sunday 17th July at the West London Aero Club, White Waltham Airfield I’ve just received the following notification of the postponement of the above event from Keith Delderfield, the Douglas Bader Foundation Director of Operations (known to most of you already, I’m sure!). Please note the proposed new date. “I am sorry… View Article