Bader Braves Young Aviator Days are an initiative of the Douglas Bader Foundation (Charity Commission Registration Number: 800435)
The hugely popular BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAYS are designed to give youngsters with limb impairment and other disabilities what is very often their first experience of flight in a light aircraft.
Just to see the expressions on the children’s faces is evidence enough of the enjoyment and satisfaction they get from this new experience and their pleasure also guarantees a happy day for the whole family.
It is often unusual for the child with a disability to feel ‘important’…
As one mother pointed out; it is often unusual for the child with a disability to feel “important”, particularly to their able-bodied siblings. We try, when possible, to ensure that brothers and sisters get the opportunity to fly after all the BRAVES have flown so, at these events when their involvement is instrumental in siblings also having this exciting opportunity, BRAVES are definitely “key”.
There can also be terrific psychological significance in the very act of flying. For a child who spends most of his or her life in a wheelchair particularly, it is exhilarating to be higher than other people; to be able to look down on the world from the intimate vantage point of a light aircraft is often an incredibly liberating experience for them.
One young flyer asked his pilot if he could learn to fly so that he could teach other people like him. A great accolade.
BADER BRAVES YOUNG AVIATORS DAYS 2016
Thanks to the participating airfields and flying clubs and their wonderful pilots and helpers, we are able to offer 8 Young Aviators Days across the UK this year. There will be, as always, plenty of other entertainment on offer at many of these events along with the usual packed lunches or barbecues and these hugely enjoyable and beneficial family days are free for our Braves so all you have to do is to get there!
As well as the Young Aviators Days, we are offering our Braves the chance to try Go-Karting with Oasis Children’s Venture in London – an exciting new event for our Braves. We also have other ideas still in the pipeline so please keep checking in.
You can register for all these events using the easy online forms which will be found with each individual listing in the Bader Braves Events section of the Website.
As always, the Douglas Bader Foundation is extremely grateful to all involved with the Bader Braves Young Aviators Days. Without the generosity and enthusiasm of the airfields, flying clubs, pilots and helpers who all give so willingly of their time and energy, these wonderful and literally uplifting events simply wouldn’t be possible.
If you’d like more information about the Young Aviators Days, please email Keith Delderfield or telephone him on his mobile: 07831 596015