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Kim Slowe


A former Royal Navy frigate captain and helicopter pilot, Kim Slowe has successfully set up, operated, and sold Dorset based businesses for the past 17 years. His business interests have been in the tourism, health, renewables and housing sectors. Kim lives in Dorset with his wife Jane.

Kim was diagnosed with Kennedy’s Disease in 2018. With 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and a grandson, Kim is very committed to helping to raise the much needed funds that will lead to a cure for this pernicious disease.

Helena Conibear


Helena Conibear is CEO and Founder of The TALK ABOUT Trust, formerly The Alcohol Education Trust, which works across the UK to keep young people safe around alcohol ,vaping, cannabis and other substances. The early intervention charity, operating since 2009, enables young people age 11- 25 to make more informed, safer life choices through the provision of interactive evidenced resources and workshops for young people, training and cpd for professionals and parental support.

Helena is a member of The Institute for Health Promotion and Education, and of the European Society for Prevention Research and a Trustee of KDUK. She is also an accredited RSHE practitioner and lead author of the Talk About Alcohol programme, selected by The Early Intervention Foundation as one of the top 80 most effective early intervention programmes globally and awarded 3/3 for impact and 5/6 for quality of evaluation by the DfE appointed CAYT (Nat Cen and Institute for Fiscal Studies) . She is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Royal Society of Arts and a Deputy Lieutenant for Dorset.

Kate Hopps

Co Founder and Trustee

KD personally affects my family - my wonderful husband, Frank, and two lovely brothers-in-law suffer with the disease. We have two young girls who are carriers of KD. It's my personal desire to find a way to rid KD from our lives. I want to help raise awareness and raise funds so more research can be carried out, here in the UK. With the help and support of family and friends we have managed to start up this charity and we hope that it will become a name that people will know about in every corner of the country.

Sophia Radford


Sophia is an Employment Law and Data Protection consultant with over 20 years experience as a practising solicitor, CIPD lecturer and freelance consultant. She has recently relocated to Dorset with her 3 children after a life travelling the UK and the world with her husband who was in the Army.

Sophia has come to know about the work of KD-UK through her work with Kate Hopps and has seen the vital support that KD-UK provides and what can be achieved with community action and fundraising.

Sophia has already started her fundraising efforts for KDUK by undertaking the London Vitality Half Marathon in March 2019 and hopes to continue raising awareness and funds for KDUK in the future. She has also been planning fund raising activities for her husband -with his consent!- who is an extreme sports enthusiast always on the lookout for new challenges. All suggestions welcome!!