National Rehabilitation Hospital

Paul McNeive is latest Ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation

The Douglas Bader Foundation (DBF) recently announced Paul McNeive as the latest member of their wonderful team of Ambassadors.  Paul is a Board Member of the National Rehabilitation Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Foundation.  The following statement was released by the Douglas Bader Foundation:

Paul McNeive

Paul McNeive

“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 an invaluable support to the charity.

Paul McNeive is a double amputee and is believed to be the first double amputee in the world to gain a helicopter pilots license. As a boy Paul was fascinated with aviation and the story of Douglas Bader and coincidentally Paul suffered the same injuries as Douglas Bader (right above knee and left below knee amputations) following a fire, aged 20.

Paul is a chartered surveyor and was 28 years in the property business, latterly as managing director of Savills in Ireland. He now works internationally as a motivational speaker, author and journalist”.

Paul responded by saying “I am honoured and delighted to be an Ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation and look forward to helping to inspire people with disabilities, as I am inspired by Douglas Bader and many others”.

In collaboration with Paul, the NRH Team looks forward to working closely with the DBF to explore ideas and initiatives that will benefit as many people as possible with limb loss, whether congenital or acquired.

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.   The charitable foundation was established in Douglas’s name following his death in 1982.  It 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 Bader Braves programme offers children experiences that help build confidence and encourage team work and participation.

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.  Read more about the Douglas Bader Foundation