Tag Archive: Douglas Bader

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

Good day for Returning Wounded

A Douglas Bader Foundation first will hopefully not be a last. Our Returning Wounded Flying Day brilliantly hosted by the Moray Flying Club at Kinloss Barracks, Forres, on Saturday 27th June was a great success enjoyed alike by those who were happy to experience flight in a light aircraft and take in the beautiful scenery… View Article

Prince Harry supports Bader program

By Corinne Heller Article published in eonline, Sunday April 5th 2015 He feels the need, the need for speed! In new, undated photos released by the Boultbee Flight Academy in England on Easter Sunday, the U.K.’s (other) studly prince, Prince Harry, flies in the back of a Spitfire, a British fighter plane used during World War II. The 30-year-old… View Article

Team Bader Cycling off the blocks

Team Bader Cycling has launched its 2015 programme in style with Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassadors, Margaret “Maggz” Biggs and Wyn Jenkins both turning in great performances in Time Trials events last weekend. Maggz a below knee amputee and Wyn an above knee amputee cycle under the banner of Team Bader Amputees, now an officially affiliated… View Article

Monthly topic: Bullying

We’re trying a new thing on the Website, which is to focus on a topic that is brought to our attention or that comes to light through the news or other sources. We would love to hear your thoughts or experiences if you feel that any of the subjects raised relate to you or to people… View Article

Watson Inspiration? Andy is!!

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve We recently published a post featuring Andy Watson who broke 2 vertebrae in his neck and became a tetraplegic. Tetraplegia is about as bad as it gets, Wikipedia defines it: “Tetraplegia, also known… View Article

DBF Ambassador gets honoured

CTT CHAMPIONS’ NIGHT – Saturday 17th January 2015 On Saturday evening representatives of the Douglas Bader Foundation had the honour of attending the Cycling Time Trials (CTT)’s Champions Night Dinner to honour the inspirational achievements of our DBF Ambassador, Margaret “Maggz” Biggs. Maggz has been a cycling enthusiast and competitor for most of her life but was… View Article

RTTC Champions Night Honours DBF Ambassador Margaret Biggs!

CTT CHAMPIONS’ NIGHT – Saturday 17th January 2015 On Saturday evening representatives of the Douglas Bader Foundation had the honour of attending the Cycling Time Trials (CTT)’s Champions Night Dinner to honour the inspirational achievements of our DBF Ambassador, Margaret “Maggz” Biggs. Maggz has been a cycling enthusiast and competitor for most of her life but was… View Article

Meet Andy Watson – an inspiration!

“Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you… View Article

Inspiring achievement by young amputee

Young Malik Berbiche is going from strength to strength since he got involved with sport at school. It seems as though he is now on his way to becoming a future Paralympian and we all at the Douglas Bader Foundation congratulate him on his 3rd Place in the Panathlon Young Achievers Awards.

The Bader Flame Burns Again!!

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Stoney Lane Day Centre – 50th Anniversary!

On Thursday 19th November I visited the Stoney Lane Day Centre in West Bromwich, a facility created to provide day care opportunities for adults of 18+ with learning disabilities and additional needs. I had been invited there to plant a tree to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Centre, which had been opened by Sir Douglas… View Article

Unstoppable DBF Ambassador Margaret Biggs in the news again!!

Inspirational DBF Ambassador, Margaret “Maggz” Biggs, has hit the headlines again in a glowing report published in the Southport Visitor. There’s no stopping Maggz now as she goes from strength to strength. She’s already looking forward to new challenges in 2015… As most of you will know, Maggz not only created and launched Team Bader… View Article

Phil Oakley tackles the world’s deepest caves

We’re proud and delighted to publish the latest adventure from indomitable Bader Grant recipient, Phil Oakley. Phil, who possesses the Bader spirit in spades and personifies the motto: “…it’s what you can do that counts” Phil apologised in his email that this adventure wasn’t as exotic as previous ones (which can be found by entering Phil Oakley… View Article

Fun on the canals with The Bruce Trust

In a brand new venture for the DBF, we took to the open water (in the gentle form of the Kennet & Avon Canal) on a fine, sunny day on Wednesday 24th September. Our willing guinea pigs for the trip were a lovely band, members of the Roehampton Limb User Group (RLUG) from the Douglas Bader… View Article
Invictus Games Showcases Sporting Prowess of  People with Disabilities – Article by Emma Benton

Invictus Games Showcases Sporting Prowess of People with Disabilities – Article by Emma Benton

By Emma Benton Invictus Games Showcases Sporting Prowess of  People with Disabilities The recent Invictus Games in London shone an international spotlight on the sporting triumphs of injured service men and women from around the world. This global sporting event offered the public a unique insight into the grit and determination of armed forces officers… View Article

100 Mile Time Trial Achievement

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Margaret Biggs' 100 mile achievement for Team Bader Cycling

Margaret Biggs' 100 mile achievement for Team Bader Cycling

Our wonderful Ambassador, Margaret (Maggz) Biggs, is going from strength to strength in her Time Trials and has just completed her latest – a 100 mile challenge! This is an extraordinary achievement for Maggz, a below-knee amputee, who is now beating her own previous best times. As these were set many moons ago(!), this is… View Article

DBF supports “FLY DAY” event organised by Freedom in the Air

Click on the link to see the inspirational Anne Wafula Strike, Polio victim and Paralympian sprinter, taking her first flying lesson at Elstree. Anne took this initial step on the way to achieving her dream to qualify for a private pilot’s license during “Fly Day”, an event organised with the aim of offering people with… View Article

Would you be afraid to support the DBF?!

THE SPOOKIEST CHALLENGE AROUND! Be afraid – be very afraid…Fright Hikes are here! Would you be afraid to undertake a 30km Hike through some of the spookiest woods in England at Hallowe’en in support of the Douglas Bader Foundation? If not – read on… * You can find out more about Fright Hike by clicking… View Article

Team Bader! Great results in London Triathlon 2014 (with athletes’ personal reports, photos, videos, news story and more…)

A truly amazing effort by our Triathletes in the London Triathlon 2014. All 3 teams consisting of Wyn Jenkins (DBF Ambassador), Maggz Biggs (DBF Ambassador), Helen Chapman, Tessa Barfield, Mark “Buff” Barfield, Tim Delderfield, Lloyd James, Mark Allison and Sophie Delderfield and our Individual Competitor, Marg Jenkins, were superb and couldn’t have given more with… View Article

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

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

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
Handicapped Rider Wins Handicap!!

Handicapped Rider Wins Handicap!!

A TRIUMPH FOR TEAM BADER! We are proud and delighted to announce that Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassador, Margaret Biggs, has taken Team Bader Cycling up a notch. Breaking News: “Team Bader Amputee rider, Maggz, wins best placed lady on handicap time. Her time of 1 hr 9 mins 54 secs for the 25 Mile Time… View Article

DBF Support KartForce with BADER GRANT

The Douglas Bader Foundation is delighted to have been able to support KartForce (Kart Racing for Injured Troops) through its Bader Grants Scheme. You can read more about the contribution below: JAGUAR HAND CONTROL TEST HUGE SUCCESS! We’re very proud to SHOUT out LOUD that the hand control’s we designed with OMS are RADICAL! The… View Article
DBF Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins, in the news!

DBF Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins, in the news!

Valued Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins, has hit the news with his plea for fair treatment for civilian amputees, the “unsung heroes”, a subject close to our hearts. You can see the article from Wales Online reproduced below but please also click on the link below to visit the page where you’ll be able… View Article

DBF Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins, in the news!

Valued Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassador, Wyn Jenkins, has hit the news with his plea for fair treatment for civilian amputees, the “unsung heroes”, a subject close to our hearts. You can see the article from Wales Online reproduced below but please also click on the link below to visit the page where you’ll be able… View Article

Team Bader Amputees – 3rd in Time Trials! New photos in.

Huge congratulations to our own Margaret Biggs who has just come third in a cycling Time Trials Event. As some of you will know, Margaret (Maggz) Biggs, a below-knee amputee and valued Ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation recently founded Team Bader Cycling as the cycling arm of Team Bader, with another of our great Ambassadors,… 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

New Website!

We’re delighted that our upgraded Website has now gone live. It is now “responsive” meaning that it’s better able to be viewed on hand-held devices, booting us right up to the cutting edge of technology! As you can see, our new logos are incorporated as links to the relevant pages and the intention is that… View Article

Our Flexible Friends! Come along to The House of Yoga and support the DBF at the same time…

We were delighted to hear from Zara Pittman, a trainee teacher at the House of Yoga in Putney, London, who contacted us to let us know about the following generous offer of support. The House of Yoga will be holding community Yoga classes every Friday from the 14th February. They have chosen the DBF as… 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!

We're back! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS! We’re delighted to be back in action following the Christmas and New Year break. We hope you all had a very happy time and have survived the worst the weather can throw at us so far this year. Our sympathy to those who have been affected by the… View Article
Christmas time…!

Christmas time…!

We’re off the air for a while but, in the meantime, wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings and health and happiness throughout the coming year. May your days be merry and bright. We look forward to seeing you in 2014. With best wishes from all at the DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION.

Christmas time….

We’re off the air for a while but, in the meantime, wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings and health and happiness throughout the coming year. May your days be merry and bright. -*-*-*- We look forward to seeing you in 2014. With best wishes from all at the DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION.

…And news from DBF Ambassador David Gardner

We are very proud to announce that David Gardner, one of the Douglas Bader Foundation’s valued Ambassadors, is going to be appearing in Anton Chekhov’s acclaimed play, The Cherry Orchard, at Hampstead Parish Church later on this month. Performances are on Tuesday 26th/Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November at 7.30pm and Saturday 30th November at… View Article

News from DBF AMBASSADOR Phil Packer

Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassador, Phil Packer, remains committed to improving the lot of young people and we are delighted to announce that, with this in mind, his brand new Website has just gone live. His aim is: “To deliver inspiration, create greater inclusion and to influence in the areas of self-harm, depression, and mental wellness… 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

Phil Oakley reports from Borneo expedition

We are very grateful to Phil Oakley for sending us a report of his recent amazing trip to Borneo with Camps International. Phil, a lower limb amputee, and Bader Grant recipient, doesn’t let his amputation stop him travelling all over the world. He has already written a report from the Amazonian Rain Forest where he… View Article

The Primary and Junior Amputee Games are approaching fast…Please join us.

THE DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION IS PROUD TO BE GAMES PARTNER OF THE AMPUTEE JUNIOR GAMES. STILL TIME TO JOIN US THERE: LimbPower’s Primary and Junior Games will be held on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October, at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium. PRIMARY GAMES – Introducing young amputees and the young ambulant disabled between the ages… View Article

Philip Bailey’s LEJOG Challenge – His Blog!

(I apologise for the absence of images in this article. Unfortunately they were a casualty of the Website upgrade and switch. We are attempting to restore them so please check in again soon.) Philip Bailey, who completed a gruelling bicycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the charity went the… View Article

PHILIP BAILEY LEJOG CHALLENGE – THE FINISH!

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HE’S DONE IT! Philip Bailey reaches John O’Groats to finish his LEJOG Challenge!

HE’S DONE IT! PHILIP BAILEY, who has been cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for The Douglas Bader Foundation, reached John O’Groats at around mid-day yesterday. He changed the last bit of the route to take advantage of the  window of better weather before the really bad weather forecast for the… View Article

Philip Bailey’s LEJOG Challenge – Change to planned itinerary

Philip Bailey, currently cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation, has notified us that, due to forecast adverse weather conditions in Scotland from Sunday onwards, he is changing his journey plan to make best cycling use of the “better” weather today and tomorrow. Now, instead of his… View Article

Philip Bailey’s LEJOG Challenge – Day 12

Here is Day 12 of Philip Bailey’s personal blog of his gruelling LEJOG ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Philip is undertaking this huge personal challenge to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation and we are extremely grateful to him for his great efforts on behalf of the charity. Philip has also managed… View Article

Philip Bailey LEJOG Blog – Day 11…

Despite his gruelling cycling schedule – and through some pretty rough weather too – Philip Bailey, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation, has managed to get another report complete with photographs to us at the end of what sounds like an exhausting day. My admiration for… View Article

Philip Bailey’s LEJOG Challenge – Day 8

Many thanks to Philip Bailey for sending us his eagerly awaited Blog for Day 8 of his Gruelling LEJOG Challenge. As you will know, Philip is cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the Douglas Bader Foundation and we are extremely grateful to him for his amazing efforts on behalf of… View Article

Philip Bailey’s LEJOG Blog – Days 6 & 7

 The latest report from Philip Bailey who has just completed the first week of his arduous ride from Lands End to John O’ Groats. Philip is undertaking this ride to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation for which the charity is extremely grateful. But this is also very much a personal challenge for Philip… View Article

Philip Bailey’s LEJOG Challenge – Days 4 & 5

Thanks to the dedication of Philip Bailey who is not only cycling hundreds of miles from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation but somehow finding time – and energy – at the end of the day to compile a report of the day’s ride with photographs, we are… View Article

Philip Bailey LEJOG Challenge – Days 2 and 3

We’re delighted to report that Philip Bailey, heroically cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation, has successfully completed Days 2 and 3 of his LEJOG Challenge and is hopefully relaxing in the comfort of his camper as I write! We’ll continue to publish regular updates as we… View Article

Philip Bailey LEJOG Challenge – Day 1

Philip Bailey, who is riding from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for the Douglas Bader Foundation told us he would send regular reports from along the way. This despite the fact that he is going to have a fair bit on his plate riding on average between 60 and 95 miles over… View Article

Philip Bailey’s Final Final Pre-LEJOG Report!

We’ve just received what looks like being Philip Bailey’s final final pre-LEJOG bike challenge blog as he sets off on Saturday 31st August after months of training and preparation for what will undoubtedly be a gruelling journey. Philip is undertaking this personal challenge to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation and we are extremely… View Article

“Wooden” Arm Rejuvenates Amputee’s Outlook – See latest PACE Press Release

We’re grateful to Scott Richardson for sending us the latest Press Release from PACE Rehabilitation. It’s truly amazing what’s going on in the prosthetics field and, this particular article struck a chord for me personally too. Tim Madison’s wonderful “wooden” arm with its retro look reminds me of the prosthetic legs worn by Douglas Bader…. View Article

Philip Bailey LEJOG Ride – Last pre-ride update…Only 4-5 training days to go…

Well I have only a week to go now before the start of my long ride which will hopefully raise awareness and funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation. My training has been going well, although sometimes interrupted by poor weather, and I feel I am physically ready for the challenge. My average for the tour… View Article
Opportunity. Are you an aspiring chef who'd like to appear in a Channel 4 Documentary?

Opportunity. Are you an aspiring chef who'd like to appear in a Channel 4 Documentary?

We’ve received the following request for information from Siobhan at Avalon Television. If you have any queries about the programme, please get in touch with Siobhan direct. You’ll find her contact details at the bottom of the News Post. *****************************   My name’s Siobhan Newman and I’m an Assistant Producer at Avalon Television.  We’re looking… View Article

Philip Bailey’s LEJOG Ride – latest in Philip’s own words

As you’ll know from previous news posts, Philip Bailey of CMC (County Merlin Cycles) is going to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the DBF with only 3 weeks to go now until the start of his journey. We are hugely indebted to Philip for this heroic effort on behalf… View Article

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts – Mixed Exhibition in support of 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

IMPORTANT! New admin address for DBF

Please note that, with effect from today,1st August, the charity contact details will change to: The DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION Administration Office, 14 Raynham Road, London, W6 0HY      Tel.: 020 8748 8884      Mob.: 07836 552536      Email: davidbdbf@hotmail.co.uk

Update on Philip Bailey’s “LEJOG” Fund-Raising Cycle Ride – Itinerary

We’ve now received the gruelling itinerary for Philip Bailey’s marathon LEJOG Cycle Ride and this is published with Garmin links below. Philip is open to other riders joining him for parts of the ride. If you’d like to accompany him for any of the 15 legs below, please contact him on his email address. Philip’s… View Article

Philip to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for DBF

We’ve just learned that Philip Bailey is going to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for the Douglas Bader Foundation. Philip is already a veteran of  DBF Events having provided invaluable company and support on Tandem Challenge Wales, the event that launched Team Bader Cycling, the brainchild of 2 of our… View Article
Summer Reminder from sponsor Tivoli Hotels

Summer Reminder from sponsor Tivoli Hotels

A reminder about one of our valued Bader Golf Sponsors, Tivoli Lagos’, updates for 2013. There are some great opportunities so it’s well worth checking out. While obviously a wonderful location for golfers, I speak from experience when I say that Tivoli Lagos was a great place to stay as a non-golfer so non-golfing partners… 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

And back to the Bader Golf Trophy… A video by Charley Bickers

We’re grateful to Charley Bickers, grandson of Sir Douglas Bader, for sending in a great YouTube Video, “Douglas Bader Charity Golf Berkshire 2013 With Sir Bruce Forsyth“, filmed at the Bader Golf Trophy on Monday 22nd April. The competition took place on the beautiful Royal Berkshire Golf Course between teams representing the Douglas Bader Foundation… View Article

TEAM BADER TANDEM CHALLENGE WALES – A Rider’s Blog 2 by Wyn Jenkins

200 MILES ON A TANDEM A RIDER’S STORY When Margaret Biggs and I were invited to be Ambassadors for The Douglas Bader Foundation, we thought long and hard about ways in which we could raise awareness of the charity, attract some much needed finance and also attempt something that would put us under a degree… View Article

TEAM BADER Tandem Challenge Wales – A Rider’s Blog 2

We are extremely grateful to Wyn Jenkins for sending us his BLOG Part 2 following the successful and seeming even enjoyable completion of the Tandem Challenge Wales. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a wonderful and inspirational read and I hope that, as Wyn writes, it’ll encourage other amputees to take up the sport. This, after… View Article

Phil Oakley – Borneo Community Expedition 2013

During August 2013 I will be going to the Sabah region of Borneo, to help with various work based community projects:  I will be going with four of my students from school and will be working along side 25 other students from the UK.  This four-week expedition will be a challenge with physically demanding projects,… View Article

TEAM BADER Tandem Challenge Wales – a supporter’s story with the first photo gallery

TEAM BADER completed the inaugural TEAM BADER CHALLENGE, TANDEM CHALLENGE WALES, a tandem ride down the vertical axis of Wales, on Monday 15th April. The Team consisted of 4 amputees; DBF Ambassadors, Wyn Jenkins and Margaret Biggs, riding a tandem and Gemma Trotter and Colin Davies on 2-wheelers (yes – I know nothing about bikes!)… View Article

TEAM BADER – Tandem Challenge Wales

DBF Ambassadors, Wyn Jenkins and Margaret Biggs, will undertake to ride the 200 miles vertical axis of Wales on a tandem between the 12th – 15th April. The route will take Wyn and Maggz, both amputee cyclists, from Holyhead to Mumbles passing through Porthmadog, Machynlleth, Aberystwyth, Tregaron, Lampeter, Llandeilo, Annamford, Pontarddulais and Swansea en route…. View Article
Less Than a Week to Tandem Challenge Wales – Not too late to support them! (With BLOG by Wyn Jenkins)

Less Than a Week to Tandem Challenge Wales – Not too late to support them! (With BLOG by Wyn Jenkins)

On Friday 12th May, two Douglas Bader Foundation Ambassadors, Margaret Biggs (aka Leggz of LimbLine) and Wyn Jenkins, both lower limb amputees, will set off on the start of a 200-mile Tandem Challenge down the vertical axis of Wales. They will be riding a tandem kindly provided by County Cycles of Llanelli, Wales, who will… View Article

Less than a week to Tandem Challenge Wales – Not too late to support them!

There’s less than a week to go before our intrepid Ambassadors, Margaret Biggs (also DBF LimbLine) and Wyn Jenkins, pedal off from Holyhead on their Tandem Challenge Wales. On Friday  12th May, the dynamic duo, both lower limb amputees, will kick off from Holyhead in a bid to complete riding the 200 mile vertical axis… View Article

Support Team Bader Tandem Challenge Wales! Sponsorship Forms and Flyers to Download…

With under 5 weeks to go before TEAM BADER Tandem Challenge Wales pedals off from Holyhead, preparations are getting well and truly under way. The intrepid DBF Ambassadors, Wyn Jenkins and Margaret Biggs who plan to complete the 200 mile Vertical Axis of Wales on a Tandem to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation… View Article

TEAM BADER – 1st Venture: Tandem Challenge Wales

I wonder if any of you remember (mentioning no names, of course – no free advertising on this Website!) the ad featuring the famous chimps and the immortal line: “Can you ride tandem?”?  Well, our intrepid Ambassadors, Wyn Jenkins and Margaret (aka Maggz) Biggs are about to find out as they undertake the first challenge… 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
News from the Disabled Golf Society

News from the Disabled Golf Society

We were contacted by Graeme Robertson, National Events Co-Ordinator for the Disabled Golf Society. His article below should remind those of you who may need reminding about both the pleasure of golf and the physical and psychological benefits it can offer. Golf was a sport very dear to Sir Douglas’s heart. As he said: “Golf,… View Article

Philip Oakley Rain Forest Expedition

Bader Grant Recipient, PHILIP OAKLEY was selected as a leader for a 5 week British Schools Society (BSES) expedition to the Amazonian Rain Forest during July/August 2012. Phil is a below the knee amputee keen to show that it is possible to take the ‘dis’ out of disabled. His challenge is to remain an effective ‘able’… 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

PHIL PACKER Latest News! – DBF Ambassador nearing the end of his epic walk

As DBF Ambassador, Phil Packer, nears the end of his epic 2012 mile “BRIT 2012 Challenge” walk, he will be joined today by representatives of the Douglas Bader Foundation. *  Amputee, long time supporter of the DBF and Olympic Torchbearer, Milan Novakovic, continues his inspirational year by joining DBF Chairman, David Bickers, who has recently… 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

DBF Grant Recipient on the One Show

32 year old Nathan Doidge, born with cerebral palsy, is described as  the ‘most profoundly disabled Pilot in the World’. Nathan recently gained his Private Pilots’ Licence, funded and supported by the DBF Grant Scheme and trained by Aerobility at Blackbushe, and has flown over 14 hours solo. Chris Evans met Nathan and  was so taken… View Article

A Wonderful Result from NASS

By David Bickers – DBF C.E.O. With the generous assistance of our sponsors, NASS’ fourteenth Annual Steel Industry Dinner took place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, on 11th October.  More than 340 guests enjoyed the showcase evening and were addressed by NASS President, Ian Harding. Principal Speaker, Lord Digby Jones Kt. was warmly received… 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

A Programme to watch….

John Southwick, organiser of the Bader Cup, has kindly brought to my attention a television programme about Sir Douglas Bader, which is due to be scheduled next Thursday, 20th September on Channel 5 at 8.00pm. Apparently Channel 5 are doing a series of programmes on heroes and Sir Douglas will be kicking it off! It… View Article

Remarkable image shows RAF hero Douglas Bader posing on Bournemouth beach

From The Daily Echo – 13/09/2012 AN EXTRAORDINARY photograph has been uncovered of RAF hero Douglas Bader on Bournemouth beach, the year before he lost his legs. The photo, taken in the summer of 1930, shows Aileen Grace Wise being held aloft by Bader on the sands. Aileen was just 17 at the time and… 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
Denis Kilcommons: Oscar Pistorius and Douglas Bader show the limbless can be human as well as superhuman

Denis Kilcommons: Oscar Pistorius and Douglas Bader show the limbless can be human as well as superhuman

by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner – Sep 7 2012 IT was refreshing to discover that Paralympians are not saints. They are amazing athletes who have often overcome tremendous problems to find the motivation to compete at the highest level, but they are also human. One of the Great Britain seven-a-side football team, who furiously… View Article

Milan carries the torch for the DBF!

Milan Novakovic, a supporter of the DBF,  was one of the select few to carry the Olympic Torch. His inspirational story follows: Milan’s Nomination Story Milan’s story is one of courage and determination. He was born with “anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery”, a rare congenital heart defect which results… 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
Blade Runner taking debate to new level

Blade Runner taking debate to new level

IS man-made material superior to muscle? Are those blades better than real legs? Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee runner, is taking the issue of disabled vs. able-bodied competition into new territory as he prepares for the London Olympics. His inclusion on South Africa’s team clears the way for him to become the first amputee runner to… View Article
Admin Holiday

Admin Holiday

I will be away for a week from Saturday 30th June – Monday 9th July. While I’ll have access to a computer this will be limited so there will be little or no action on the Website until my return. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. In case of urgency, please go to… View Article

LimbPower Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville

LimbPower Launches Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium – 15th/16th September 2012 Following the huge success of the Amputee Games, LimbPower are excited to announce the dates of the inaugural Primary & Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics.  This exciting event will introduce young amputees and the young ambulant disabled to… View Article
McNamaras Hit Target!

McNamaras Hit Target!

We’ve just heard from Angela McNamara that they’ve hit their fund-raising target of £1,000.00. A fantastic achievement! As you’ll know if you’ve been reading the News Posts and Blogs, David McNamara, father of BADER BRAVE, Morgan, undertook to complete the gruelling 3 Peaks Challenge to raise funds for the Douglas Bader Foundation, specifically the BADER… 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

Latest Newsletter from emPOWER Featuring DBF 30 Years On

Please click HERE to see the latest emPOWER Newsletter where you will find an article on The Douglas Bader Foundation 30 Years On as well as plenty more of interest. We are very grateful to emPOWER for their support.

London 10k Run 2012 – Join Team Bader!

It’s that time of year again! Time to dig out your running gear and join Team Bader on Sunday 8th July for the London 10k Run 2012. The 10k Run is one of our major annual events and, each year our valued supporters don cutting edge of fashion DBF T Shirts and join Team Bader… View Article