DDH UK Founder
With a background in the broadcast, media and not-for-profit sectors, Natalie has big plans for DDH UK. The charity has been inspired by her son, Lucas, and she wants to ensure no other parent has go through the anguish she did in the early days post-diagnosis in 2009. As well as running DDH UK, Natalie is also on the Advisory Board for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and is the Author of Cast Life, A Parent’s Guide to DDH. Whilst DDH UK is based in England, Natalie is creating a global hip family and works with other organisations around the world.
Lucas Trice, AKA Spica Warrior
He might only be seven, but Lucas is an integral part of the charity, and the inspiration behind our work. The Trice family will never know what life would have been like had Lucas not had DDH, but they do know that the lives of many people around the world are being changed because of it. Spica Warrior was the original name of the organisation, and he is now the charity mascot.
DDH UK Charity C0-Ordinator
Debbie is the glue that hold our global team together. As well as being a trained nurse who specialised in cancer care, Debbie has training in bereavement counselling and is a busy mum. From co-ordinating regional groups and meet-ups, to writing blog posts and being a super-star admin on the closed Facebook forum, Debbie is at the heart of all we do at DDH UK and a great support for many parents around the world, as well as being a Trustee.
DDH UK One to One Support Buddy
Karen is a key part of the team. Karen’s daughter, Lauren, was a classic late diagnosis and has more operations than most, which means she came to us armed not only with a huge amount of experience but also, knowledge and empathy. As our one-to-one support, Karen is a life line to parents and an invaluable social media admin.
Mr Alex Aarvold, BSc(Hons), MBChB, FRCSEd(Tr&Orth), DM, MFSTEd
Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Alex is a much valued and vital member of the DDH Team. Based in Southampton he is not only on the frontline of working with patients and families but also works on a variety of research projects. Having Alex on board means we are up to date with medical details and our information is correct.
DDH UK Patron and Blogger
Gemma is not only our DDH UK Patron but also an active member of our Facebook group who really understand life with hip dysplasia. Being able to talk things over with other members of the group, as well as offering help to parents is fantastic. Most recently Gemma started to work with Natalie on PR and Communications and will be writing a monthly blog post.
Gavin Llyr Preece
We are always looking for volunteers to work on our team, if you have skills in counselling, fundraising, IT, marketing, nursing, PR or would just like to give some time to help, please get in touch to find out more.
Team DDH UK