About BDDF

Basingstoke and District Disability Forum (BDDF) was originally formed in 2008 within the local voluntary sector. We became independent in 2012 with a dedicated trustee board, attaining registered charity status in 2014 (no.1155660).


We are the disability champions of Basingstoke. We support our community through several innovative projects that improve health and wellbeing, while promoting awareness and understanding of the barriers faced through living with a disability.


Vision: To create a community that sees the person, values the difference and embraces awareness.
Mission: To facilitate increased awareness, active involvement and healthy promotion of disability and those who live it.


Our objectives:

Involvement - to improve the involvement and representation of disabled people and their families/carers within Basingstoke.
Promotion - to promote greater awareness of disability through initiatives and activities that champion inclusivity, understanding and reduce barriers.
Partnerships - To improve partnership working between agencies, both voluntary sector and statutory, who are involved in supporting disability.

Meet the trustees

Ani Spalding - Chair

Ani is Senior Corporate Support Manager for Large Corporates at HSBC UK Bank plc. She has 11 years banking experience including delivering Customer Experience and transformation focused projects. Joining HSBC in 2008 after graduating in Geography BSc at The University of Leicester. Ani is married with 2 children and lives near Basingstoke, she enjoys painting, time with her family and supporting local charities.


Rachel Hicks - Vice Chair

Rachel became a Trustee of BDDF in February 2020. Rachel works as a Solicitor for Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, based in Southampton. Rachel works in the field of personal injury, focussing on Asbestos Related Disease cases. Rachel has previously enjoyed volunteering at BDDF events and is keen to help the BDDF Board with their future endeavours to ensure BDDF continue to provide a number of opportunties for disabled people in the Basingstoke area.

Lynsey Spillane - Trustee

Lynsey is Course Director of the Specialist Provision at Basingstoke College of Technology, she works tirelessly to re-engage students who have struggled in mainstream, those in her inclusion unit have a disability and an Education, Health & Care Plan. She understands how difficult the transition into adulthood can be for young people with special needs due to lack of support and employment opportunities. She serves on the Cranbourne School governing board and has good local knowledge.

Becki Meakin - Trustee

For more than 20 years, Becki has worked in the voluntary and community sector. She is a disabled person with expertise in the inclusive involvement of people from marginalised and under-represented communities. She has conducted many user-led research studies into the inequalities experienced  by people when they use health and social care services. She has also worked with a range of organisations to develop inclusive involvement strategies including the British Association of Social Workers and the University of Essex. Becki appeared in the BBC Top 100 Women's Series 2018/19 for work with disabled women experiencing violence and abuse; raising awareness of the barriers disabled women face when trying to access support services.


Tony Capon - Honorary Treasurer (non executive status)

Tony became Chair of BDDF in April 2019. He is the Chief Executive of Basingstoke Voluntary Action, prior to this he was the Chief Executive of a youth mental health charity.

He is an experienced voluntary sector leader and has held verious management roles including governor and trusteeship. He brings with him particular specialisms in charity law and governance, alongside non-profit strategic planning and performance management.

Our sponsors, partner and grant providers

We wouldn't be able to do what we do without the support of our partners and sponsors, we also thank our grant providers.

Grant providers

Partners and sponsors