The Douglas Bader Foundation
The Douglas Bader Foundation
The Douglas Bader Foundation (DBF) was formed in honour of Sir Douglas Bader in 1982. Today the Douglas Bader Foundation exists to advance and promote the physical, mental and spiritual welfare of persons who are without one or more limbs, or otherwise physically disabled.
The Bader Braves were created to acknowledge the bravery of children with limb deficiencies and other disabilities, in their effort to lead normal lives. To date there are very few initiatives aimed specifically at helping amputee children and their families, we aim to make a difference to the welfare and well being of these children.
The principal activities of the foundation are to advance and promote the physical, mental and spiritual welfare and benefit of persons who are disabled and in particular those without one or more limbs and to relieve financial hardship amongst such persons. To date there are very few initiatives aimed at helping children with limb deficiency. This clearly disadvantaged group of children often struggle with life, feel isolated and alone, feel different from their peers and cope with a very uncertain future. They endure continual hospital check ups and life long medical supervision connected to their conditions. Douglas Bader Foundation created the Bader Braves to acknowledge the bravery of children with limb deficiencies and other physical disabilities in their effort to lead normal lives. Bader Braves supports amputee children by offering unique experiences and improving life skills to increase confidence and to promote a healthy lifestyle to these brave children. The ethos of the charity has always been about inspiration and its this 'can do' attitude that we see as being Sir Douglas's most important message and the message we have tried to preserve with the creation and on-going work of the Foundation in his name.
The Douglas Bader Foundation aims to:
- The Bader Braves projects aim to make a positive improvement to the lives of children with limb loss and other physical disabilities by giving them the support to cope with their difficulties.
- The projects provide safe challenges to take part in. They learn how to cope push their barriers through challenges, activities, sport, fun & friendship, increasing self esteem and building confidence
- The Bader Braves projects increase confidence helping them to come to terms with their disability. Increased confidence helps them to experience a full quality of life, both now and in the future.
- Amputee children and their families are given the chance at events to spend quality time together with other children and parents in similar circumstances. This provides assurance and support.
Established: October 1982
Registered Charity Number: 800435
Board members: 5
Part time staff: 3
Phone number: 08444 123 223
Address: The Douglas Bader FoundationPO Box 614Macclesfield SK10 9JEView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website