The Douglas Bader Foundation

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01442 826662

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THE DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION is a charity organisation, formed in honour of Sir Douglas Bader in 1982 by family and friends, many of whom had flown side by side with Douglas during World War 2.

Douglas was honoured in 1976 with a knighthood for his contribution and work on behalf of the disabled. The mission of the foundation is to continue his work in conjunction with and behalf of individuals with disability.

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The first initiative was realised in 1983 - the completion of the Douglas Bader Centre, a facility built at Queen Marys Hospital, Roehampton, in West London to support rehabilitation services for amputees.

The Centre which, following changes at Queen Marys Hospital, is now called The Douglas Bader Rehabilitation Centre, provides a range of facilities and services for amputee members of the community, including a Walking  School and Rehab Therapy Groups. Appropriately, this hospital had provided his medical care as an amputee for some 50 years. The Centre was opened by the Foundations Patron, Diana, Princess of Wales, on February 25th.


2005 saw the creation of a central resource information website for amputees, their families and friends, carers and healthcare professionals.

Visit the Limb Loss Information centre at:


  • Bader Grants: The charity tries to support amputees and other disabled through inspiration and encouragement as Douglas himself did. It operates a selective Grant scheme to help individuals with limb impairmaent and other disabilities to achieve personal goals in a variety of fields, be it sport, business or personal development.
  • Bader Braves: An exciting new initiative launched to coincide with Sir Douglass Centenary Year, 2010, combines Douglass Honourary Chieftainship by the Kanai Indians - a tribute of which he was justly proud - with the bravery of children with disabilities in their battle to lead normal lives. Bader Braves aims to support these children and their families by encouraging the childrens participation in a variety of events and challenges which will boost their confidence and self-esteem, including special adventure weekends and holidays and:
  • Bader Braves Flying Days: Several of these days will be held across the UK throughout the year and will offer youngsters with limb impairment and other disabilities what is often their first experience of flight in a light aircraft. 

There are other Centenary initiatives to be announced during the year. More details of these and current events and projects can be found by visiting our Website by clicking on the menu link on the left.

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