Lucas Trice, a brave Year 2 pupil at Stover School, has spent much of his life being treated for hip dysplasia (DDH), but this won’t stop him walking a mile in aid of his charity, DDH UK, on 01 March with his classmates.
When Lucas was diagnosed with the chronic condition aged four months his mother, Natalie, was amazed at how little information and support there was for parents.
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) occurs when the hip-joint fails to develop correctly and it is 2 to 3 in every 1,000 infants will require treatment. Lucas was one of those children and to date he has had five major operations and spent over a year in casts, harnesses and wheelchairs.
Whilst caring for her son Natalie also wrote Cast Life, a book for parents and founded the charity which are both resources she wishes she’d had and ones that are now helping people around the world.
To help raise awareness, and funds,
of hip dysplasia, Stover School will be joining forces with DDH UK and on 01 March and all pupils and teachers will be walking one mile around the grounds.
Lucas said, “If I can walk one mile after all the operations I’ve had, anyone can. I am really excited about The Warrior Walk, it is going to be a lot of fun and I hope the money we raise helps other kids with poorly hips.”
Natalie added, “When Lucas was diagnosed with DDH I simply couldn’t believe the lack of help out there for parents. Over the past 12 months DDH UK has grown as a staggering rate and every day we are helping more parents, and patients. We are delighted that Stover School is getting in board with DDH UK and are hopeful that the Warrior Walk will allow us to get to the £5,000 mark we need to gain our charity number from the Charity Commission.”
David Burt, Stover School, added, “Lucas is an incredible little boy who is very much a part of not only Year Two but the whole school. We are very excited about hosting the Warrior Walk and hope it will become an annual event that not only our pupils will take part in, but the local community and DDH UK supporters around the world. We hope the money raised will allow the charity to grow and put this life changing condition on the map for once and for all.”
Natalie added, “While we are doing the walk at Stover, anyone can walk a mile in aid of healthy hips and we hope people all over the world will help us to help more people on their journey.”
For more information about DDH and to take part in the Warrior Walk go to www.ddh-uk.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the sponsor forms and marketing materials.
Natalie and Team DDH UK