Lady Bader Ambassadors
Lady Joan Bader, the late wife of Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, was the daughter of a steel tycoon. She was born Joan Eileen Hipkiss on March 17 1918 in Aldridge, Staffordshire. Her father ran a steel business making guide rails for lifts. Educated at Beaurivage in Weston-super-Mare, she became an accomplished horsewoman, competing in show jumping. During the Second World War, she worked briefly as a Red Cross nurse. After Sir Douglas’ death in 1982 Lady Bader established the Bader Foundation to encourage other people who had lost their limbs to rebuild their lives.
Small and energetic with bright blue eyes, Lady Bader was a generous and social person, in 2000 Lady Bader was appointed OBE for services to disabled people.
Her legacy will continue, within our Lady Bader Ambassadors, formed primarily though current serving armed forces personnel who will support veterans and the elderly through social inclusion and befriending.
Lady Bader, born March 17 1918, died December 18 2015