The Douglas Bader Foundation exists to advance and promote the physical, mental and spiritual welfare of persons who are born without or have lost one or more limbs, or otherwise physically disabled.
We achieve this through giving advice via BILL, or helping out financially through Bader Grants. Our Bader Braves programme offers children experiences that help build confidence and encourage team work and participation.
Your support is essential as we rely entirely on donations to continue our invaluable work.
Check our website for further details regarding how you can help.
It is this maxim that our charitable foundation, established in Douglas’s name following his death in 1982, seeks to replicate and develop.
The Douglas Bader Foundation helps and supports both children and adults who are affected by any form of limb loss, congenital or otherwise or who are affected by any other similar disability.
THE FIRST INITIATIVE (1993)
The first initiative was realised in 1993 with the completion of the Douglas Bader Centre, a facility built at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, in West London to support rehabilitation services for amputees.
Helping physically, psychologically and socially
Fitness aids healing and rehabilitation after amputation and other operations and is, of course, beneficial for circulation and the health of mind and body generally.
The sense of well-being that goes with exercise and physical fitness induces feelings of satisfaction and self-worth. Achieving success or simply improvement in a new sport or as a new amputee in a known sport is a great confidence-booster.
Getting involved with a sport almost invariably means meeting other people and training and (hopefully laughing!) with them is a great way to make new and, often, like-minded friends and contacts. This can be particularly true if training or competing as part of a team.