DBF News

Bader’s Big Band Recruiting

An exciting new venture for the DBF, Bader’s Big Band, the first ensemble to be made up entirely of musicians with a disability of some kind, is recruiting for members.  For more information, please contact Paul Clark whose details and email link you’ll find at the bottom of the post below the Flyer. You can click… View Article

Mari – the Qualifying Points System Explained

My disability has made it hard for me to make friends and I used to get bullied a lot as I was different to other children and much slower than them. But then I found riding and things changed as it was something I could excel at. I was able to develop a fantastic partnership… View Article

Please Take a Few Minutes to Complete This Survey for Waving not Drowning

We’ve been contacted by Working Families, part of The Disabled Children’s Partnership. It is their ambition to complete the biggest survey ever undertaken of families with disabled children. This could well end up revealing information ultimately of benefit to many of those children and their families so do please take part if you can. Please note that… View Article

Opportunity to Take Part in E4’s Body Fixers!

We’ve been contacted by Jess Gordon via DBF Ambassador and voice of LimbLine, Margaret Biggs. Jess is a Casting Assistant Producer at Studio Lambert and is looking for participants over 18 to take part in the second series of a successful make-over show, Body Fixers. Check it out and, if you want to emerge butterfly-like from your tired old… View Article

Limb Loss Awareness Month – Get Moving!

We’re now nearly heading for half-way through Limb Loss Awareness Month so there’s still time to decide how you might get involved. One way is to join LimbPower’s social media campaign called #GetMoving to raise awareness of the physical health benefits and mental health benefits of engaging in physical activity with a focus on moving more….. View Article

Naidex – A resounding success

The Douglas Bader Foundation had a fascinating and enlightening 3 days at NAIDEX 43. Stand D60 (above) became the base not only for the DBF but also for Arctic One, LimbPower, OHMI, Reach, Sailability and Steps.  It was a great opportunity for the 7 like-minded charities to meet each other and to explain to the many… View Article

Only a Week Until Naidex!

As you know, we don’t usually plug events but we are making an exception for NAIDEX 43, which promises to be an extraordinary exhibition. Running over 3 days next week, Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th March, the show is going to be packed with things to do, people to listen to, innovative technologies… View Article

Dambusters Ride Again!

The Dambusters Cycle Ride 2017 will be held on Sunday 14th May and is going to be even bigger and better than the inaugural event last year! 2016’s themed ride was a resounding success and, for those of you who managed to miss it, you can read about it HERE! We were fortunate enough to be… View Article

NAIDEX is getting closer!

The Douglas Bader Foundation will have a stand at the prestigious NAIDEX Exhibition this year. The show will take place on the 28th-30th March at the Birmingham NEC. We are proud to be supporting such a positive organisation with at a show with the potential to reach so many. The DBF Stand, D60, will also… View Article

Fantastic Opportunity for the DBF and for models with limb loss or limb impairment.

We are honoured and delighted to have been chosen by Cambridge University as their Charity for THE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY CHARITY FASHION SHOW (CUCFS) This will take place on Wednesday 15th February 2017 at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. CUCFS 2017 is excited to be supporting The Douglas Bader Foundation. The DBF helps to advance and promote the… View Article

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

60-Mile Bike Ride Fundraiser

On Saturday 10th September Joanna Clayton, Edward Clayton, Karen Richardson, Mark Richardson, Stephen Reynolds, Keith Reynolds and Sarah Reynolds embarked on a 62-mile bike ride between Reading (Berkshire) and Watton at Stone (Hertfordshire) to raise money for the Douglas Bader Foundation in memory of Anthony Calvey. Anthony lost his leg when he was just 18… View Article

Roehampton Group Canal Boat Cruise

Roehampton Limb User Group (RLUG), who are based at the Douglas Bader Centre, Roehampton, enjoyed a day out on the Grand Union Canal, sponsored by the Douglas Bader Foundation and hosted by Waterways Experiences. We are grateful to RLUG Chairman, Christopher Harwood, who wrote the report below and has also been kind enough to send some great… View Article

LimbPower Junior Games 2016

LimbPower will be hosting the 2016 Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Rd, Aylesbury HP21 9PP on 1st October. Entry and Payment forms are available on the LimbPower website, (http://limbpower.com/index.php or click on the logo above), and these should be completed and returned to LimbPower by Friday 25th September 2016. You can also download a… View Article

Opportunity to appear in Sky family series

Nicola Barnes, a Documentary Assistant Producer working on a feature-length documentary series for Sky, has contacted us in the hope of finding people willing to take part in a new Sky series. This brand new series will follow the dreams, ambitions and journeys of 6 families from across the UK, over 5 years of their… View Article

Please support one of our Supporters!

On 2nd September, Marg Jenkins, wife of DBF Ambassador, Wyn, and long term supporter of the charity, will be undertaking her own challenge, this time in support of another great cause: Wales Air Ambulance. Wales Air Ambulance is an invaluable service, which benefits so many people and relies 100% on donations, receiving absolutely nothing from the… View Article

One for the dog-lovers!

Another opportunity to appear on BBC – this time with your best friend! We’ve been contacted by Molly Schneider, Assistant Producer at Wall to Wall television production company. They are making a new and exciting BBC series based around a national sports contest for humans and their dogs. (Or should that be the other way… View Article

June News from Panathlon

It’s been a busy May for Panathlon, which has just published its June Newsletter (click on link) and is clearly going from strength to strength. If you’ve yet to learn about this inspiring charity, The Panathlon Challenge provides sporting opportunities to over 7,500 disabled young people every year. Since 1999, they have run over 500 ‘mini Paralympic’ multi-sport competitions… View Article

Busy Weekend Ahead for the DBF

A busy weekend is looming for the DBF with the first of our Bader Braves Young Aviators Days for the year taking place at the Moray Flying Club, RAF Kinloss, on Saturday 14th and the eagerly anticipated Team Bader Dambusters Bike Ride on Sunday 15th. Keith Delderfield will be in action in Scotland on Saturday,… View Article

Good General Knowledge? Want to take part in a new Quiz Show…?

Thames TV are currently casting for a returning ITV 1 quiz show called Rebound. It’s a general knowledge quiz show where contestants could win a big cash prize. Anyone can apply, as long as they are 18+, love quizzes and think that they have great general knowledge. If you’d like to apply to take part or would… View Article

A new Ambassador for the DBF

The Douglas Bader Foundation is delighted to be able to announce the latest member of our wonderful team of Ambassadors. We were honoured when Paul McNeive accepted our invitation to become a DBF Ambassador and very happy to welcome him to the team. We very much look forward to working with him and know he’ll be… View Article

Joan Bader Thanksgiving Lunch

Following the death of DBF President, Joan Bader, OBE, on the 18th December last year a private cremation was held for close friends and family at the very beautiful Aberystwyth Crematorium. On Saturday, we marked her death with a Thanksgiving Party to celebrate her long and full life and her tireless work for the Douglas Bader Foundation, started by… View Article

It can be done…

…with a can-do attitude. We were delighted to be contacted by Andrew Stubbs, an amputee farmer who does welding jobs for fellow farmers. Andrew had read “Reach for the Sky” many years ago and been inspired by the story of Douglas Bader. When Andrew himself was involved in an accident in 1984 resulting in limb… View Article

DBF President, Lady Bader, dies

Joan Bader – 17/3/1918 – 18/12/2015 R.I.P. As you will know from our Facebook Page, our beloved DBF President, Joan Bader, died peacefully in her sleep just before Christmas, aged 97. She seemed indomitable and, until recently, we were fully expecting her to get her telegram from HM the Queen (I gather you have to… View Article

Award for Ambassador Gemma

The All-Party Parliamentary Limb Loss Forum (APPLLF) have honoured Gemma Trotter as a Forum Limb Loss Champion. Gemma, who recently accepted the DBF’s invitation to become our latest Ambassador was presented with the award by the DBF Chief Executive, David Bickers. All at the DBF are very happy for Gemma, who could not deserve this accolade more. We are… View Article

Reach for the Sky!

On Tuesday, 29th September, the Douglas Bader Foundation held an Evening of Inspiration at the wonderful RAF Club for friends and supporters to announce its bold, new project “Bader’s Bus Company – Still Running”. In short, the initiative, running in association with Aerobility,  will assist people with disabilities to fly in a light aircraft and… View Article

A New Ambassador for the DBF!

We are delighted and proud to announce that Gemma Trotter has accepted our invitation to join our invaluable team of DBF Ambassadors. Gemma is a wonderful character who exemplifies the true Bader spirit. She underwent a leg amputation as a teenager following a car accident and eventually became one of the first amputees to opt for an… View Article

Junior Games 2015…

The Junior Games this year will take place at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Saturday 10th October. This is a fantastic event where young people with limb difference or other physical impairment can try out new sports in a safe and supportive environment and meet other young amputees and their families. It’s the perfect opportunity to… View Article

Pride of Britain Awards 2015

  The Mirror Group is currently looking for nominations for this year’s Pride of Britain Awards and we’ve been contacted by Alan Selby, a reporter from the Group, in the hope of getting some names. We’ve been invited to pass this on in the hope that some of our readers may know of someone deserving of… View Article

DBF Reach for the Sky Campaign!

Reach for the Sky campaign Douglas Bader Inspires the Creation of the First Disabled Flying Display Team The Douglas Bader Foundation, a charity set up by family and friends of the legendary War Hero shortly after his death in 1982, have launched their most exciting project to date. The ‘Reach for the Sky’ campaign is… View Article

Inclusive Shooting Opportunity

Are you a physically disabled or a visually impaired person? Why not try shooting? Over the weekend of 25th & 26th July, Felixstowe Rifle Club (FRC) will be running Taster Days in support of The British Paralympic Association (BPA), which is planning a National Paralympic Day on 26th July, the objective is to get more disabled people… View Article

Returning Wounded Flying Day

Douglas Bader Foundation – Returning Wounded Flying Day In association with and hosted by The Moray Flying Club at Kinloss Barracks, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 3UH Saturday 27th June 2015 This is the first event designed specifically to offer service personnel suffering injury sustained whilst on active service the opportunity of experiencing the thrill of flying and… View Article

A New Ambassador for DBF

We are delighted to announce that inspirational Polio survivor and founder of Freedom in the Air, Gautam Lewis, has accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation. We are proud to have his involvement and to welcome him to our dedicated team. Gautam Lewis Biography Gautam Lewis was born in Kolkata, India in 1977…. View Article

New Escape Book Features Bader

From Interrogation to Liberation A Photographic Journey Stalag Luft 111 – The Road to Freedom by Marilyn Jeffers Walton and Michael C. Eberhardt (*Clicking on the image above will take you to Amazon where you can order the book) About the Book During World War II, 300,000 United States Army Air Corps airmen were shot… View Article

New film to feature Douglas Bader

Exciting to hear that a new film is in the pipeline featuring Douglas Bader’s escape from Warburg. A clip from the article in theMailOnline reads: “The story of how Douglas Bader recovered from having both legs amputated to become one of Britain’s greatest fighter aces is remarkable enough. But now another astonishing but little-known chapter of… 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

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

DBF Honoured at Bearstead

Fantastic Fundraisers of Bearstead GC Ladies Outgoing Ladies Captain of Bearstead Golf Club, Elizabeth Cracklen, chose the Douglas Bader Foundation as her Charity of the Year. In her short presentation speech she recalled that as a young girl she had watched the film “Reach for the Sky” which stared Kenneth Moore and portrayed Bader’s life as… 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

Websites Under New Management

The Douglas Bader Foundation and Bader Info on Limb Loss (ex Limb Loss Information Centre) Websites are now under new management. After many happy years with Coreware, the websites will now be managed by the excellent Rob Sumner of North Devon Design, Design Space, 1 Uppcott Avenue, Pottington Business Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX33 1HN. Rob has… 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

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

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

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

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

Ambassador Phil: Biggest challenge yet

OUR wonderful Ambassador, Phil Packer, MBE, who chose the Douglas Bader Foundation as one of his 26 charities to represent in his Virgin Marathon in 2010 challenge, 26 Miles in 26 Hours for 26 Charities, smashing his own record in the process, is off again as you will read below. Phil Packer MBE has embarked… View Article

Douglas Bader remembered. A Great Day at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.

A report by David Bickers who was at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on Sunday: Great Day at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum on Sunday 7th August.  ‘A Tribute to Douglas Bader ‘, held  just two days before the 70th Anniversary of Douglas’ last wartime active flight –  based at Tangmere, he took off from nearby West Hampnett and was… View Article

Threat to historic Battle of Britain pub where Douglas Bader and other fighter aces used to drin

A widow is pleading with a local council not to call time on a rural pub where some of “The Few” drowned their sorrows during The Battle of Britain. Developers want South Cambridgeshire District Council to give permission to turn The Plough in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire, – a village in Conservative Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s constituency… View Article

Deadly skies: The bloody truth about the Battle of Britain

From THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Rarely in history has a battle been so mythologised as the conflict that took place in the skies above southern England between 10 July and 31 October 1940. But the truth about the Battle of Britain – and the brave young airmen who fought it – is far more complex,… View Article


Had he lived, our eponymous inspiration, Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader, would have been 101 today. We salute his birthday and feel sure that he would be proud of the charity set up in his name and the new initiatives and Events that we have in place. BADER BRAVES, a Douglas Bader Foundation initiative acknowledging… 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

Inspiring Decatur golfer inspired by others at tournament for amputees

DECATUR – Decatur’s Roe Skidmore Jr. went to Nashville, Tenn., this week to play in the 62nd annual National Amputee Golf Association Tournament, hoping he might inspire just one person. When he returned Friday, he did so realizing the person who’d been most inspired was himself. Oh, surely Skidmore was an inspiration, too. He won… 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

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
New Events for Douglas Bader Foundation

New Events for Douglas Bader Foundation

THE DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION has several exciting new Events both fund-raising and otherwise planned for this important year – Sir Douglas Bader’s Centenary Year. 15th May: BADER BRAVES Flying Day – Caernarfon 6th June: BADER BRAVES Flying Day – R.A.F. Waddington 13th June: BADER BRAVES Flying Day – Goodwood 19th June: BADER BRAVES Flying Day… View Article

Hadrian’s Wall – A new Douglas Bader Foundation Event

The Douglas Bader Foundation has a new Event. A 3 day trek along some beautiful stretches of Hadrian’s Wall starting on the 25th June. Please note that times and other details are still to be announced. Please click HERE to find out more.

Sir Douglas Bader – Centenary Birthday Today

Had he lived, the eponymous inspiration of the Douglas Bader Foundation, would have been 100 today. We acknowledge his Centenary Year and feel sure that he would be proud of the new initiatives and Events that the Foundation has in place to honour it. BADER BRAVES, launched on the 10th February, is now up and… 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

Douglas Bader centenary exhibition launched at RAF Museum

Exhibition: Sir Douglas Bader Centennial Exhibition, Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, until March 31 2010 The RAF Museum in Hendon has launched a Douglas Bader centenary exhibition, celebrating the inspirational pilot and disabled campaigner’s life with a selection of rarities from the RAF archives. As an added bonus, Sir Richard Branson has recorded a podcast… View Article
Ray Blackwell – An inspiration

Ray Blackwell – An inspiration

We are very grateful to Ray Blackwell for the following article. Also for the very welcome donation he raised for the Douglas Bader Foundation with his efforts. Thank you, Ray – you’re an inspiration. You would have thought at nearly 71 I would be pursuing more sedate pastimes like gardening etc, instead of crazy things… View Article
Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque Official Press Release

Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque Official Press Release

**EMBARGO – 12.01pm, 31ST MAY 2009** BATTLE OF BRITAIN HERO AND DISABILITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGNER, SIR DOUGLAS BADER, COMMEMORATED WITH ENGLISH HERITAGE BLUE PLAQUE – Sir Richard Branson to Join Celebration of World War ll Flying Ace who Suffered Double Amputation – – Bader’s Inspirational Work to Raise Profile of those Living with Disability Commemorated –… View Article
Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque

Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque

by Wendy McCleave On a glorious sunny Sunday morning I was lucky enough to be part of a select crowd of people associated with Sir Douglas who had gathered outside his old home in Petersham Mews to see an English Heritage Blue Plaque unveiled in his honour by Sir Richard Branson. Douglas and his first… View Article
Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque + Photo collections

Douglas Bader – Blue Plaque + Photo collections

On the 31st May, a glorious sunny Sunday morning I was lucky enough to be part of a select crowd of people associated with Sir Douglas who had gathered outside his old home in Petersham Mews to see an English Heritage Blue Plaque unveiled in his honour by Sir Richard Branson. Douglas and his first… View Article