This is where you can find information on what we’re up to and what generous others are doing to support us. If you’re planning an event or partaking in something to help us, please get in touch. We’d love to add your news here. You can also download our Foundation logo.
Gemma, A KPF volunteer is organising an event in London - the Circle Line Tube Challenge. Anyone is welcome to join in, it will involve being in a team consisting of 2 or more people where you will need to either run / hop / skip / walk on and off each circle line platform. You will also need to purchase or already have a t-shirt with the Katie Piper Foundation logo on it. Gemma on the day will have a charity tin or two to raise money whilst jumping off / on the tubes. In order to join the team, you will need to set-up a just giving page and join Gemma's Tube Challenge here - https://www.justgiving.com/teams/KPFoundationFundraisers. Any further questions direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ipswich local, Gemma Kershaw of Clapgate Lane is raising money for burns charity The Katie Piper Foundation by completing a daring skydive at Beccles Airfield, Norfolk on Monday 1st July. "I chose to fundraise for the Foundation after being inspired by Katie's story, seeing her documentaries on Channel 4 and reading her book "Beautiful" says Gemma, "Throughout her ordeal she was incredibly brave and whilst watching her help support others in "My Beautiful Friends" it inspired me to help her charity, to help others get the treatments they require in order to live a happy and healthy life after their traumatic ordeals. I think Katie is most definitely an inspiration to us all." Please sponsor Gemma at www.doitforcharity.com/GemmaKershaw.
Katie Piper Foundation Ambassador, Adele Pope came in 2nd place in the University of Hertfordshire Young People of the Year Awards and has won a £200 donation to the Foundation. Many congratulations Adele, and thanks from all at the Foundation!
Pampered Chef Consultant, Tara Day hosted a very special cake sale at her Andover home on Sat 23rd March and raised £153.70 for the Foundation. "I was so pleased to host this event to support The Katie Piper Foundation, I met Katie a number of years ago and have fundraised for the Foundation in the past", says Tara, "We all had a wonderful day and thank you so much to everyone who came and bought our cakes".
Foundation Ambassador Amit Ghose and his Smiles Fundraisers team are organising "A Beautiful Evening in aid of The Katie Piper Foundation" at The Tower Ball Room, Edgabston on Friday 22nd March. Full details here on the event flyer - tickets are £20 and include a delicious 3 course Indian meal, performances by a host of leading music and dance artists, plus raffle and auction.
Aigburth barber Lorraine Perkin, 23 of Dave's Barbers in George Street, St Helens completed a daring skydive at Flookburgh airfield, Cumbria in aid of The Katie Piper Foundation and raised £510.40. "After reading Katie's book "Beautiful", I decided there and then that I wanted to do something to help other burns survivors at The Katie Piper Foundation" says Lorraine, "I made the decision to tackle something that I was scared of and booked the skydive straightaway. It was the most incredible experience and I am so pleased to have been able to raise this sum for the Foundation. Big thanks to my family, friends, colleagues and customers at the salon for sponsoring me. I'm already planning my next challenge!"
On Saturday 2nd March Kingston University hosted a mixed competitive University Netball Challenge at Tolworth Sports Ground in aid of The Katie Piper Foundation and raised £395. Kingston University student, Ciara Litchfield co-ordinated the day with her fellow team mates. "As a team we are very passionate about supporting charities close to our hearts" says Ciara, "My younger sister was attacked by a dog when she was ten leaving her with facial scarring. The Katie Piper Foundation were amazing in giving her support and advice and as a result we decided to organise this event to raise funds for them. Nine teams entered from netball, ladies football, ladies rugby, Cheer, American football and rugby. Team 1#sie, KC Cider Knights, Team Alpha and The Prancing Cougars' made it through to the semi-finals, with the Prancing cougars winning overall with a 2-0 over Team 1#sie. There were extra prizes given for such things as 'Most valuable player' (Awarded to Sam Nowlan) and 'Tournament Provider' (Jessi Matthews), with the KC Cider Knights winning 'best dressed team'. Special thanks to all the girls who brought along cakes to sell, everyone who came, and Ze and the team at Ama-gi for throwing such a good after party."
Andover beauty therapist Katie Lee raised £374.50 for the Foundation by cutting her shoulder length hair to 1cm (a barber's No 1 cut) at Asda Superstore in Andover on Saturday 24th November. "I've been inspired by Katie's strength and determination and decided earlier this year to raise funds for the Foundation" says Katie Lee, "I'm so pleased that I've been able to raise this sum by cropping my hair". "A special thank you to Yvonne Nichols, Community Support at Asda for her support and thanks as well to Jo at Antonino Hairdressing for doing Katie's haircut on the day" says Katie Piper Foundation representative, Iris Anderson. "We're also truly grateful to Pearsons Estate Agents for helping promote the day".
Lucy Thomas of Beclands Road, SW17 undertook the monumental challenge of completing three Triathlons across the summer to raise money for The Katie Piper Foundation and raised the fantastic sum of £1,065.
“I only learnt to swim properly at the start of the year, so this has proved to be a challenge indeed” says Lucy. “I started with the Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon at Hampton Pool in May, completed the Open Water Triathlon at Eastleigh Lake on the 1st July and had the challenging Chiswick 1k Open Water Swim in the Thames mid-July. My final event was the Virgin London Triathlon in September. I trained hard, battled injuries and a dodgy Thames tummy along the way, but was so happy to complete these challenges and raise over £1,000 for The Katie Piper Foundation”.
Local beauty therapist and nail technician 18 year old Samantha Currie decided to raise funds for the Foundation by offering her expert varnish and nail art manicures at 'Rodi's Café' in Rodington Village, Shrewsbury on Saturday 10th November. "I've been inspired by Katie's strength and determination and decided that I would like to support The Katie Piper Foundation by raising funds for them" says Samantha.
Emma Bray, age 32 of Portsmouth teamed up with friends Sara and Kate Cocard and George Turner to run The Great South Run on Sunday 28th October 2012 to raise funds for us and raised the fabulous sum of £682. "I'm so pleased that we were able to support The Katie Piper Foundation by running The Great South Run last weekend" says Emma, "We really enjoyed the challenge of completing the 10 mile race for such an amazing cause and would like to thank everyone who supported us".
On Saturday 20th October 2012 Ryan Boyd, age 27, of Whitchurch completed a daring freefall solo skydive at Redland Airfield in aid of The Katie Piper Foundation and raised £575.01. His employer Barclays are matching the sum pound for pound to double the total to £1,150.02. "I followed Katie's story from the outset and decided that I wanted to do something to help other burns survivors at The Katie Piper Foundation" commented Ryan, "I'd never done a skydive before, so this was quite a challenge to undertake. I'd like to thank my colleagues, friends and family for supporting me and helping me raise this sum".
Burntwood resident, Claire Gould and ten year old daughter Hollie hosted a very special tea party at their home on Saturday 20th October and raised £120 for the Foundation. "I read Katie's book 'Beautiful' on holiday this summer and was really moved by her strength, courage and determination" says Claire, "When I returned from holiday I wrote to Katie at The Katie Piper Foundation and offered to fundraise for them. Hollie and I decided to organise a tea party at home for friends and family. Hollie baked and decorated all the cakes herself and we held a raffle on the day with prizes donated from local businesses, a guess the name of the teddy and guess how many sweets in the jar competition. We had a great day and are so pleased to have been able to raise this money to support the work of The Katie Piper Foundation".
Riann Sheehy, of Handbridge ran The Chester Marathon in October 2012 and raised the fantastic sum of £1,000. "I'm so pleased that I was able to support The Katie Piper Foundation by running The Chester Marathon" says Riann, "and delighted that my employer matched the sponsorship I secured to bring the total to £1,000, thanks too to everyone who sponsored me."
As part of their English coursework Year 9 students at Crispin School in Street were set a project to design and write leaflets to help advise teenagers about facial disfigurement. Having studied Benjamin Zephaniah's book "Face" which deals with these issues, they also compared his work to Katie's experiences. Their English teacher Tawny Harris asked the Foundation to select the best leaflet and the pupils hosted a fundraising event which raised £122. "Our students put a great deal of effort into designing and writing their leaflets which were professionally laid out with appropriate and sophisticated use of language. Eleven of the top leaflets were sent to The Katie Piper Foundation head office in London to be judged and pupil Jay Daniells was delighted to be selected as their winning leaflet. We were also pleased to be able to raise this sum to help those with burns and scars".
On 11th October Corporal Kalvin Williams, of 2MT Squadron, based at RAF Wittering organised a 2,160 km static cycle ride (the equivalent distance from RAF Wittering to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan) in aid of The Katie Piper Foundation. Corporal Williams and 12 of his 2MT Squadron colleagues cycled in non-stop relays across a twelve hour period and are were sponsored by many on the RAF Wittering base. "In my line of work I've seen troops go through some life-changing experiences and find the inner fight and spirit to fight on" said Corporal Williams, "When I read about what went through Katie's mind before she found the same inner fight and spirit it's what caught my eye. So I thought I would try to help raise funds for The Katie Piper Foundation to help other burns survivors. I'm deploying to Afghanistan for the 4th time this year and I often run charity theme events to help raise monies for numerous charities. Help for Heroes is an obvious choice for the forces personnel, but I thought this time I'd also try to help The Katie Piper Foundation." Donations can be made at Kalvin's Just Giving page - http://www.justgiving.com/Kalvin-Williams Now in Afghanistan, Corporal Williams also plans to cycle the equivalent distance from RAF Wittering to Camp Bastion again to add to his fundraising total. Officer Commanding RAF Wittering, Group Captain Richard Hill comments "The RAF has a proud history of its personnel raising funds for charity and we are delighted that we have this opportunity to support the Katie Piper Foundation, and the life changing work they carry out".
Ceri Pritchard of Prestatyn, is organising a special Variety Show on Friday 28th September at 7.30 pm at The Rhyl Pavilion to raise money for The Katie Piper Foundation. This special variety show will be packed full of great entertainment, including X Factor 2011 semi-finalist Sami Brookes, Big Brother contestant Rebeckah Vaughan, Beatles tribute-band The Cavernites, female vocalist Paula Martine, Pretty Girl Rock, The Center Singers Women’s Choir plus the leading North Wales dance school, The Gay Harris dancers. A special raffle will also be held on the evening with some fabulous prizes. Tickets are £10 each and can be booked online at www.rhylpavilion.co.uk or call the Rhyl Pavilion Box Office on 01745 330000. "“I’m a burns survivor myself and The Katie Piper Foundation has really helped my recovery,” says Ceri. “They provided me with an electronic massager to help care for my scars, I’ve attended an image-related and a confidence boosting workshop and had such wonderful support from them. I’ve been able to meet many other burns survivors and now have a great support network of friends that I’ve made through the Foundation. This is the second event I’ve organised for The Katie Piper Foundation and I’m hoping to raise a significant sum for them this year to help others with burns and scars. Please book your tickets for the evening, I know it’s going to be a great night." For more information please visit: http://www.rhylpavilion.co.uk/shows/show/id/740
Edinburgh based Precious Metals Workshop is holding its third annual “Ready Steady Jewel” charity auction at 7.30pm on 31st August in the Out of the Blue Drill Hall, Edinburgh, proceeds of which will benefit The Katie Piper Foundation and three other charities. The event is based loosely on BBC Two’s Ready Steady Cook, replacing chefs with jewellers. Earlier in July, 15 jewellers (both aspiring and established) were given the challenge to create a unique piece of jewellery for the auction in just eight hours. These stunning pieces have been on display in Edinburgh galleries since mid-July in readiness for auction at the end of August. The auction evening is open to the first 300 attendees through the doors; however online bidding for the auction is also available until midnight of the 30th August. Entry to the event, which opens from 5.30 pm, is £3 (which includes a complimentary beverage) and VIP tickets are available for £25, which includes free beverages and canapés, a free raffle ticket, an opportunity to meet the jewellers, and front row or balcony seating. Raffle tickets are £3 each or 5 for £10. All monies from the auction, raffle, bar and entry tickets go directly to the four charities. All the work that goes into the successful running of “Ready, Steady, Jewel!” is voluntary, the jewellers time and what they made, committee work and sponsorship is donated by way of individuals time, resources and finances. For more details on the event, please visit www.readysteadyjewel.com.
Isle of Wight Chemist & Perfumery, Gibbs & Gurnell in Ryde are hosting a special Avène skin care day on Tuesday 21st August to raise funds for The Katie Piper Foundation. Gibbs & Gurnell customers are being invited to make a £5.00 donation to The Katie Piper Foundation and appointments are filling fast for 15 minute personal consultations in their private treatment room with Avène Skin Care Specialist and UK product training manager Tina Craven. Tina will be in store for the day and customers will receive an in-depth assessment of their skin type, advice on their skincare regime plus a goodie bag of recommended Avène products. They will also be entered into a special raffle on the day to win Avène prizes. “We’re delighted to be able to support The Katie Piper Foundation and pleased to welcome Tina Craven of Avène for the day” says Daisy Cotton of Gibbs & Gurnell. “We still have available appointments, so please pop in or call us to book your slot”. Contact: Daisy Cotton Gibbs & Gurnell Chemist & Perfumery 34 Union Street Ryde PO33 2LE Isle of Wight Tel: 01983 562570
Joanna Hynes of Cawood, North Yorkshire completed the Castle Howard Sprint Triathlon on Sunday 22nd July and raised the fantastic sum of £500 for The Katie Piper Foundation. "In January I was overweight and unfit and since then I have lost two stone to improve my fitness. I have always wanted to do a triathlon and decided to take the plunge and do it for The Katie Piper Foundation. My late Aunt Flossie was the victim of an industrial accident that left her scarred from burns all her life, however in the1940s there was little anyone could do to help her. I am so pleased to have been able to do this for the Foundation, for my Aunt and for other burns survivors," says Joanna.
Lucy Thomas of Beclands Road, SW17 has undertaken the monumental challenge of completing three Triathlons across the summer to raise money for burns charity, The Katie Piper Foundation.
“I only learnt to swim properly at the start of the year, so this has proved to be a challenge indeed” says Lucy. “I started with the Thames Turbo Sprint Triathlon at Hampton Pool in May, completed the Open Water Triathlon at Eastleigh Lake on the 1st July and had the challenging Chiswick 1k Open Water Swim in the Thames last Saturday. My final event will be the Virgin London Triathlon in September. I’ve been training hard and am hoping to achieve my target of raising £1,000 for The Katie Piper Foundation”.Donations can be made at Lucy’s Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/LucyThomasTriathlon
Erin McNeill, a Friend of the Katie Piper Foundation, was placed in the top 5 at Miss Great Britain International. She will represent Scotland at the finals of Miss International in Chicago this month. Good luck Erin, from all at the Foundation!
James Stevenson completed the Leeds Jane Tomlinson 10k run on Sunday 8th July and raised the fantastic sum of £210 for The Katie Piper Foundation. "I am so pleased to have been able to do this for the Katie Piper Foundation" says James, "and hope to run another race for the Foundation next year."
Local resident, Cheryl Weetman hosted a very special tea party at her home on Sunday 8th July and raised the fantastic sum of £305 for The Katie Piper Foundation.
“We all had a wonderful day and the effort was well worth it knowing that we were all helping to support such a worthy cause” says registered nurse, Cheryl, “The sun came out and 28 people turned up to support us. We sold homemade cakes, tea, coffee and pink lemonade, candles and handmade greetings cards. We had a raffle and a name the Teddy Bear competition, and a guess how many jelly beans in the jar competition to win the signed copy of Katie's book 'Beautiful'. I’m so pleased to have been able to support The Katie Piper Foundation and would like to thank the 'Wentworth Garden Centre' for donating a fabulous chocolate cake, and Lucy Staniland the owner of 'Vitality Beauty Salon' for her gift voucher donation. Also a big thank you to all my wonderful assistants - Rebecca Lee, Jo Glenn, Katie Minns, Megan Spink and my wonderful son Sam”.
On Sunday 10th June, AFS CrossFit Gym at Imperial Court in Andover hosted The Katie Piper Foundation CrossFit Challenge and raised the fantastic total of £450. “Thirteen teams of four took part in four events to compete for the fittest team in Andover title. With entries from the Andover Athletics Club, Andover Leisure Centre, Catalina Fruits, Sparsholt College, Test Valley Borough Council as well as some guest teams from our fellow CrossFit brethren in Reading, team “Reading 1” were victorious and scored the most points on the day” says Alternative Fitness Solutions Gym founder Gareth Millings, "We were so pleased to support The Katie Piper Foundation and the end result was a fantastic day had by all." Iris Anderson gave out the trophies on behalf of The Katie Piper Foundation and Reflex Nutrition supplied a goody bag for each of the teams. A special thanks to Mailbox of Andover for producing the event posters, Tony Noakes of UK Wide Security Solutions for donating the event t-shirts, sponsor Pedro Lopez of Catalina Fruits and to Ken Blights of Shoe Care in Bridge Street, Andover for donating the trophies.
Richard Borthwick of Corstophine, Edinburgh completed the Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday 27th May 2012 in 2 hours and 10 minutes and raised a total of £255 for burns charity, The Katie Piper Foundation www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk His employer, HSBC, have matched the sum to bring it to a fantastic total of £510.
"This is the hardest run I have done to date and I am happy to have finished it in a decent time. Well done to everyone who took part, I think I will be back next year for the full marathon! I am so pleased to have been able to raise this sum for The Katie Piper Foundation and thanks to my employers, HSBC, who matched the sum I raised and took the total to over £500” says Richard.If you would like to add to the money Richard has raised, please visit his fundraising page at: www.justgiving.com/Richard-Borthwick.
On Tuesday 22nd May KS3 students of the After School Prosthetics Club at Freebrough Academy in Brotton hosted a screening of a special film they produced about burns survivors and raised £102 for The Katie Piper Foundation.
"We really wanted to change people's perceptions of those with disfigurements and let people see them for who they are and not just what they look like. We want to raise awareness of burns survivors and help stop prejudice" commented Drama Teacher Carly Beasley and ICT/Media Technician Alex White who are the staff leaders of the after-school Prosthetics Club at Freebrough Academy. The evening was attended by parents, teachers and friends of the students who each made a donation to see the screening of the film. Student leaders of the club, Adam Torka, Claudia Walker and Richard Walker commented "We really love coming to Prosthetics club every Tuesday to have fun and make things but we were really touched by Katie Piper's story and we wanted to give something back so we decided to come up with a film about burns survivors so that we can help donate some money to the Katie Piper Foundation to help others."
Hull local Steve Harrison has undertaken the challenge of completing five running events this summer to raise money for the Katie Piper Foundation. “I start my series of runs on the 13th May with the Leeds Half Marathon, followed by the Hull 10k Run on the 3rd June and the Hull Half Marathon on the 20th June. In July I’ll be doing the Leeds 10k and finally in August the York 10k. I’ve been training hard and hope to raise as much money as possible for The Katie Piper Foundation. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Body Fixed Sports Injury Clinic for their continued support and treatment, as well as their generous donation to the Katie Piper Foundation."
Location: The Midland hotel, ManchesterThe Katie Piper Foundation is the charity partner for the English Hair and Beauty Awards to be held in February. The evening, which will recognise the very best in the English Hair and Beauty industry, will also be a fundraiser and the Foundation hopes that many thousands of pounds are raised on the night. For more information click here for the press release.
The Katie Piper Foundation was invited to speak at Arrows Group AGM on 3rd May, after the Foundation was chosen as Charity of the Year by the specialist recruitment agency. Katie spoke to the entire Arrows Group team about the journey which led her to setting up the Foundation and what a difference their support could make to other burns survivors. Arrows Group have pledged to raise £5,000 for the Foundation and are planning various activities, small and large, to raise this. The Charity Committee all joined Katie on stage as she provided them with KPF t-shirts!
There was a break in recent wet weather to allow pleasant conditions for runners in this year’s London Marathon. A big ‘thank you’ to those who ran for the Katie Piper Foundation, including Paul Piper, Leah Grant, Ros Ponder, Olivia Clancy, Catherine Carr, Mike Salisbury, Bob Toomey MBE, Rebecca Macey & Peter Wootton. They collectively raised nearly £12,000 (including Gift Aid), a really impressive total!!
It was great to spot people running for KPF and cheer them on. Congratulations to all who took part - I’m so grateful for your support and proud of your achievement. Thank you for raising so much for the Foundation! Katie x
Wembley resident, Christine Hagan completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15th April 2012 and raised over £350. “I can safely say that running the Brighton Marathon was the hardest thing I have ever done! But Katie’s inspiring story and the amazing work of the Katie Piper Foundation mean a lot to me – she is a beautiful person who is very close to my heart. I was thinking about them every step of the way to the Finish Line and I’m so pleased to have been able to raise this sum for The Katie Piper Foundation. I’m a really keen runner and have my own website www.diaryofadashinista.com ” said Christine.
Witham St Hughs resident, Hayley Niner and her friends Dared to Go Bare on the night of her birthday celebrations last month and raised a fantastic total of £644. “Twenty brave friends joined me on a completely make-up free night out in the Bailgate. This meant no base, no concealer, no blusher, bronzer, mascara,or lippy! It proved quite a challenge for us 30-somethings who are usually pretty reliant on our makeup after all these years, but we did it and I am so pleased to have been able to raise this sum for The Katie Piper Foundation" said Hayley.
Jade Robbins of Worcester completed the Forest of Dean Half Marathon on Sunday 1st April 2012 and raised a fantastic total of £140! “This was my first half marathon and it was a brilliant experience despite the very hilly route! There was a great turn out of supporters who helped to spur me on along the way and I am so pleased to have been able to raise money for The Katie Piper Foundation” said Jade.
For the second year running the Katie Piper Foundation will benefit alongside the Eythorne Rovers Youth Football Club and the Tilmanstone Colliery Welfare Cricket Club from a fun run. The 3km fancy dress fun run will have fans, players, parents and club officials taking part and their aim is to raise more than 2011. Colin Smith, [add in what you do for the clubs here] has organized the event at the Tilmanstone Miners Welfare Ground near Dover for April Fool’s Day. As last year the proceeds will be split with the larger share going to the Foundation. Colin (volunteer fundraiser) said “Katie Piper is an inspirational lady and our members at Elvington and Tilmanstone Colliery Cricket Club and Eythorne Rovers feel honoured to have her Foundation associated with our small but proud clubs. We will do our best to smash last year's total of £551 and we all wish Katie and her fantastic staff the very best for the future with this great cause."
Fundraiser Colin Smith of Eythorne Rovers and Elvington & Tilmanstone Colliery Welfare Cricket Club organised a 3km Fancy Dress Fun Run on Sunday 1st April 2012 at the Tilmanstone Miners Welfare Ground, and raised a fantastic total of £600. Colin said of the day “I want to thank my wife Jackie, all my great family and friends, players and our supporters from our local football and cricket clubs for supporting this great charity. I am so pleased all our runners made the effort to help Katie change people’s lives by raising this sum for The Katie Piper Foundation. I would especially like to wish Katie all the best with the launch of her new book in May, and would like to thank her for her inspirational human spirit.”
On Tuesday 27th March the NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy students at Galashiels Scottish Borders Campus hosted a pampering “Blooming Beautiful” evening and raised a total of £350. “In total, we treated over 50 people to a variety of treatments, which included back, neck, and shoulder massages, file and polish manicures and nail art. As well as a microdermabrasion demonstration, we had a table top sale and Dermalogica product display” commented students Gaby Ferguson and Louise Murray, who helped to co-ordinate the evening. “Everyone made a donation for each treatment and we’re so pleased to have raised so much for The Katie Piper Foundation by organising this event for our Level 3 Beauty Therapy Promotional Activities Unit”.
Keith Packwood of Maghull has undertaken the monumental challenge of completing five significant physical endeavours across four seasons in 2012. “I started my series of challenges on the 25th March with the Barcelona Marathon, followed by the Edinburgh Marathon on 27th May. In August I’ll be climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia, and two days after I return I’ll be taking part in the UK Coast to Coast Cycle. My final event will be the tough Snowdonia Marathon on the 27th October. I’ve been training hard and am hoping to achieve my target of raising £2,500 for The Katie Piper Foundation. I don’t think people stop to think how lucky most of us are. The fact that I am physically able to attempt these challenges shows how lucky I am, compared to a lot of people out there who are suffering in a multitude of ways. I will get huge personal satisfaction and great memories from completing my 5 challenges but even more satisfaction knowing that my efforts & the generous support of others will make a difference to others. Please support me in raising money for The Katie Piper Foundation – please donate at http://www.justgiving.com/AIMHIGH4SEASONSCHALLENGE1 or by texting KPMT74 £(your amount) to 70070. Your support is greatly appreciated” says Keith.
Katie Scott of Urmston completes a Skydive on Sunday 18th March 2012 and raises £1,436 for The Katie Piper Foundation. Barrister’s Chambers receptionist, Katie Scott of Urmston, Manchester completed a daring skydive at Cockerham in Preston on Sunday 18th March and raised a fantastic total of over £1,650.00. Well done Katie!! “This was the hardest challenge I’ve done to date. I really enjoyed it and am so pleased to have been able to raise this sum for The Katie Piper Foundation” says Katie, “It was so gratifying to walk around the skydive centre with my Katie Piper Foundation t-shirt on and to have people stop and ask about the Foundation. The awareness of what the Foundation does is really growing and I am so happy to have played my part in that”.
On March 14th, Prudhoe Community High School hosted a Fashion show, showing off the work from all years in school. The event was organised by Georgia Henderson and her fellow year 13 textile students, and it raised over £200 in aid if the Katie Piper Foundation. The show was very successful, selling all the tickets available, and everyone who attended enjoyed the show.
Local girl Clare Monk of Wilmington completed the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday 11th March 2012 and raised a fantastic total of £621 for burns charity, The Katie Piper Foundation. “This was the hardest challenge I’ve done to date. I knew it would be difficult with barely any training in advance, however I really enjoyed the mental and physical challenge of completing the Half Marathon and am so pleased to have been able to raise this sum for The Katie Piper Foundation” says Clare.
Team Touch, comprising 13 hardy runners (several unavailable for the photo shoot), have decided to start the new year with a bang and have either begrudgingly or been peer pressured into signing up for the Bath Half Marathon in March! Through a friend we are connected with Katie, and thought what better way to make the run much more meaningful for us all by raising awareness and money for the Katie Piper Foundation. With a mix of running experience, with a few having done them before to several being their first time, we all have our own goals for the race but share the same target to raise at least £2000 to support the Foundation. Training got underway back in November and will peak in February! A few injuries and moans here and there haven’t stopped everyone getting out and training, fingers crossed the team competition on the day may have a KPF winner! We would like to thank everyone for the support so far!” If you would like to support Team Touch please visit here.
BHHS raised £1000 for The Katie Piper Foundation by staging a fashion show. The whole school worked together with over 180 models from Year 7 to Year13 showcasing clothes from stores in Brighton. The event was organised and managed by the Sixth Form girls to raise funds for their favourite charities.
Louise Allen is organising a Charity Ballroom Blitz in aid of the Katie Piper Foundation at Clifton Moor Community Centre in York on 6 March. She teaches ballroom fitness classes and hopes that many of her regular members will join in the fun. Louise said:
"I would like to support the Katie Piper Foundation because Katie and the foundation has a really important message for people- that it’s what’s on the inside that makes a person, not their face or body. This message is important for today's society which is so focussed on being perfect; our differences - whether it be a scar, burn or disability - are what makes each of us individual and I think the Katie Piper Foundation can really represent a real world where everyone is different from each other and proud to be."
Location: Tescos, Guildford Head of Year 8 at Kings College for the Arts & Technology in Guildford, Chris Batterbee, arranged for 13 Year 8 students to help with packing bags at a local supermarket to raise money for the Katie Piper Foundation. They all did fantastically well at the bag pack on Saturday and in an hour and a half raised £176.58 - a staff collection will hopefully push the final total to over £200 for this event. In the photo are the students with the local Tesco Duty Manager. Kings College are hoping to organise more fundraising activities for the Foundation later in the school term - a dodgeball event and cake sale are just two ideas and Chris has also decided to sacrifice his dignity by putting himself in the stocks to have wet sponges thrown at him by staff and students, all in the name of Katie!!!
A Year of Challenges Keith Packwood is not one to sit still. This year, to raise money for the Katie Piper Foundation, he is taking on 4 challenges starting with the Barcelona Marathon in March. Then onto Edinburgh for the Marathon there in May. Before the Snowdonia Marathon in October Keith will be climbing Mount Elbrus (Russia) in August! With indirect personal experience of burns, and having read Katie’s book, Beautiful, Keith has been moved to let his actions speak louder than words. There is also mention of a Coast To Coast Cycle Challenge – but watch this space!
Location: Andover Following 2 sell-out concerts in 2010 and 2011, Mark T Lazenby and Maureen Faill are pleased to present
St Brides Church, Fleet Street, LondonKatie Piper Foundation alongside RAFT benefitted from monies raised at a choral concert being organised by Sister Snog – one of London’s leading business clubs for women who mean business. The truly The Sisters of Soul was joined by All the Kings Men, the London Gay Men’s Chorus This truly remarkable evening involved outstanding performances from Sisters of Soul (Sister Snog’s very own choir) , All The King’s Men, Eden Voices, the London Gay Men’s Chorus and and Eden Voices, who recently released a cover of True Colours featuring our very own Ambassador, Adele. Also featured, was Sara Spade- The Ukelele Lady, with readings from Katie Piper, Sharon Simpson and Ferrial Syed. The whole evening was brilliantly compered by Jeni Barnett, Radio and TV presenter. A huge ‘thank you’ to all those involved and for your support of the Katie Piper Foundation.
So we did it! Leonie and I flew 12,000ft into the air…. and then jumped out of a plane, only attached to two very experienced tandem instructors by thick metal hooks who did not appreciate our squealing and “OMG”s very much…..! It was an exhilarating experience, the views were amazing – we actually sailed past a rainbow at one point! It’s a very strange feeling being so dependent on a sheet of nylon….. but none the less huge fun and a brilliant day! Here is a bit of photographic proof – not the best, we know, but there wasn’t much else we could do! Thanks once again for the sponsorship. The Katie Piper foundation were pleased to receive our final total of £812 which is £212 more than our target so this is really fantastic! — Ebony & Leonie
Oscar winning documentary Saving Face, featuring Katie's surgeon Dr Jaward will premiere on 16th January at 10pm. The groundbreaking documentary chronicles the work of pioneering plastic surgeon, Mohammad Jawad as he travels to his birthplace, Pakistan, to treat survivors of radically disfiguring acid attacks, the majority of whom are women targeted by family members. For any enquiries regarding this please visit www.projectsaave.org.
See Katie on Pride of Britain on Tuesday night, ITV at 8pm. http://www.itv.com/news/2012-10-29/pride-of-britain-awards-carol-vorderman-to-honour-britains-unsung-heros/
Katie’s third book, Start Your Day with Katie, is released this week. Start your Day with Katie is a page-a-day book of Katie Piper’s most powerful inspirational thoughts, plus quotes and poems that helped give her courage and hope after her rape and acid attack and are one of the tools that Katie used to rebuild her life. With Katie’s guiding messages, you can begin every day on the right track helping you find inner strength, inspiration and happiness. Katie said:
‘Positive affirmations helped me in my darkest times to focus on my health and happiness, and to remember I was not alone. I know how well they worked for me in regaining my life, and now I want to share them with you.’Hotel GB This week also sees Katie join Channel 4’s Hotel GB. For one week only, and airing across five nights, many of Channel 4's stars take over a hotel and staff it with unemployed people desperate for a break, in an attempt to show that hard work and a great attitude are the best way to get on. The challenge is to ensure the hotel makes as much money for employment charities as possible, and to get the trainees into full-time employment by the end of the week. Katie is part of the girls team and will be running the hotel spa. Tune in at 9pm on Channel 4 every night to see how Katie gets on.
House of Colour's Alison Riches kindly hosted our second colour analysis session with a group of four burns survivors. The attendees left with a thorough understanding of the colours that make them look their best and how to add colour to outfits and accessories. They also learned which colours would be most effective for them in different situations, for example: a dress for a special occasion or a suit, shirt and tie for a job interview.
Katie was at Selfridges last Thursday, signing copies of her latest book, Things Get Better.
It was really fantastic to meet some of my twitter followers and fundraisers. It was such a great day - I really appreciate your continued support. — Katie
Uncovered is an exhibition exploring and challenging contemporary attitudes towards body image by artists Daniel Regan & Agata Cardoso. Comprised of two projects the artists independently explore the effects of Alopecia (a hair loss condition) and breast cancer in a series of visually arresting photographs. For more information please visit the exhibition website: www.uncovered-exhibition.co.uk 14th - 20th May (10am - 7pm) Frameless Gallery 20 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DP
The 'Uncovered' exhibition is a fantastic celebration of women's beauty - brave and liberating - brought to us by Daniel Regan, a Katie Piper Foundation volunteer. Daniel's pictures display depth and emotion with a strong important message. I'm proud of him and what he has achieved. Katie X
It was a genuine privilege for me to introduce Saving Face at the human rights festival this week. I am very proud of our trustee Mr Mohammad Jawad – the focus of this incredible film. Above all I think the bravery shown by the women in this film is outstanding. Saving Face empowers survivors, raises awareness around what is often a taboo subject, and has brought the topic to a global stage. Please take a moment to visit the websites of Islamic Help , ASTI and ASF Pakistan who are the charities who were instrumental in funding the treatment and care of acid attack survivors in Pakistan: http://www.islamichelp.org.uk/smilesbetter http://www.acidviolence.org/ http://acidsurvivorspakistan.org/ Katie x
Due to for release on 24th May. It is difficult to comprehend the severe trauma Katie suffered leading up to and during the acid attack which left her with deep physical and emotional scars. These terrible events would have crushed most people, but through her positive outlook and sheer determination, Katie has become inspirational to millions and living proof that no matter what life throws at you, if you work hard and believe - things will get better. Katie now begins to answer the question that everyone wants to know - 'Where did you find the courage?' She shares the key steps and support that led to her emotional recovery and acknowledges the pain we have all felt at times, whether suffering a breakup, life change or more serious trauma. Drawing on her own experiences and letters from other survivors, Katie shows with spectacular compassion that we can all find the strength within to carry on.
Watch Katie talk about her new book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVXuiHCbAW8
Pre-order Things Get Better: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Things-Get-Better-Katie-Piper/dp/1780874774
‘Saving Face’, a documentary featuring British/Pakistani plastic surgeon, Mohammad Jawad has been awarded the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject, the 84th Academy Awards®. Saving Face the Oscar winning documentary, chronicles the work of pioneering plastic surgeon, Mohammad Jawad as he travels to his birthplace, Pakistan, to treat survivors of radically disfiguring acid attacks, the majority of whom are women targeted by family members. It will debut on HBO in the USA on 8th March, and be shown on Channel 4 in the UK in early April, after being screened as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival UK, on March 28th and 29th, 2012. Acid attacks on women in Pakistan are a not uncommon, if un-spoken about phenomenon. SAVING FACE is the story of two survivors of such attacks — their battle for justice and their journey of healing through the pioneering surgical work of Mr Mohammad Jawad.
“I am so grateful for the Academy’s recognition of this film and the issues highlighted here. No-one who sees these women could fail to be moved. Each beautiful in their own way, their lives have been destroyed, their faces and bodies disfigured, often by members of their own families. They are the real heroes here. They have been ostracised from society following the terrible attacks that have been inflicted upon them. I merely try to restore God’s creation, which has been destroyed by such evil acts of human beings, in the best way I know how. I hope that awareness of the cause will help to eradicate this beast of a man-made disease from society.” — Mr JawadMr Jawad was catapulted to fame when the story of Katie Piper, the model disfigured by a vicious acid attack was made into a documentary by Channel 4, My Beautiful Face. As the surgeon who saved her face, is also a trustee of the Katie Piper Foundation. Mr Jawad hopes that the public awareness generated by Saving Face will serve as a global platform for the establishment of a charitable foundation to enable him to build upon and expand his work with burns victims in Third World countries. He plans to set up the Sarvat Jawad Foundation, in honour of his mother, to additionally enable skills transfer and allow him to pass on his invaluable expertise to local surgeons. Credits Naked Edge Films Directed by Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Produced by Daniel Junge
Oscar Nomination for Mr Jawad
Channel 4 Tuesday 7th February at 9pmKatie says “I am excited to announce that I have been filming a new documentary which is going to be shown on Channel 4 next week (Tues 7th February at 9pm). It is entitled Katie: The Science of Seeing Again and it shows me having my 110th op, using controversial cutting-edge science, which could truly transform my life, providing me with my only chance of seeing again through my badly damaged left eye. After spending three and a half years struggling to accept that I would forever be blind in one eye, I heard about pioneering surgery that could potentially restore my sight using the extraordinary power of stem cells. I tracked down the doctor responsible for it and have put myself forward to be one of the few people in the world to undergo the treatment, which entails transplanting stem cells directly into my eye. I hope that you find the programme as interesting to watch as it was for me to film!” Watch it on Channel 4 - 4oD
Visible Difference in Rehabilitation Key speakers: Dr Andrew Thompson - University of Sheffield Professor Diana Harcourt - The Centre for Appearance Research Elizabeth Noble - Changing Faces Tuesday 21 May 2013 Association of British Insurers, 51 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HQ 2pm - 4:30pm The UKRC together with The Katie Piper Foundation bring you three very eminent guest speakers in the area of disfigurement. A limited number of places are available to hear these key speakers who will all both challenge and energise you to think about this specific area of rehabilitation services for the UK. For more information click here.
The Cocoa Box generously hosted fifteen Katie Piper Foundation beneficiaries, and their partners, and some KPF volunteers at a cup cake decorating class in Central London. All left with their own beautifully boxed, decorated cupcakes after enjoying the expert tuition of Nathan. It proved to be a great social occasion and an informal way for Foundation beneficiaries to meet and take part in a fun activity. One attendee wrote in her blog: "There was a great feeling of community at the event and a little friendly competition over perfecting the art of icing! It's the first time I've met anyone else who has had a burns accident so it was really helpful to chat to people. Thank you Katie Piper!"
The Spa Intercontinental, Park Lane very generously donated their VIP area and facilities to six beneficiaries of the Foundation. Around seven hours of treatments were also donated, as well as delicious food and drinks. A wonderful, luxurious, pampering day was had by all, with lots of fun and laughter. One guest shared that it "was a wonderful experience and I loved all of it, the spa, refreshments and meeting everyone."
House of Colour's Alison Riches kindly hosted a one-to-one colour analysis session with two burns survivors. They benefitted from Alison’s expert guidance using House Of Colour’s established techniques to discover their own unique blend of colours that harmonise with their skin tone, hair and eye colour. Both left armed with the knowledge of which colour clothing and make-up will make them look their very best. We are planning to hold another session with more attendees shortly. "Thanks for inviting me to the House of Colour workshop on Friday. It was very interesting and enjoyable. Alison was a very calming person and created just the right atmosphere for us to feel comfortable and relaxed."
Maryum Sharif of Style Moguls kindly ran a Personal Style Day for us which was greatly enjoyed by five attendees with burns and scars. The workshop focussed on tips and tricks for personal styling, showing how what we wear, and how we wear it, can give us confidence and self-belief. One of our guests expressed a great sentiment on the day - "You aren’t dressed until you put on your smile". She enjoyed "...discovering what to do to develop my own style" with a "very approachable, professional expert stylist". Another guest commented "Maryum gave me a lot of advice to go away and think about. I felt comfortable around the group and I learnt a lot about my body shape".
Our first trial Wellbeing Day was attended by seven people with burns and scars who were joined by KPF volunteers and staff. Each guest was rotated around three stations and enjoyed advice from a dietician, an exercise session with a leading Pilates instructor and complementary therapies for relaxation which included reflexology, massage and aromatherapy. The trial was a great success and we plan to hold another day in the near future. One attendee enjoyed the “friendly atmosphere” and “found the complete session useful. The exercise techniques shown by the Pilates instructor I have continued to use at home. Information given by the dietitian has helped me to see how a balanced diet is very important to my well-being.” Another guest shared that “it was super and all three groups were very professionally covered.“
We welcomed six people with burns and scars to our April workshop and started the day with a presentation from Cover FX who also provided products. Each attendee had a personal consultation with a professional make-up artist and was able to try out various different products and shades. Nail-painting / hand massage and hair styling were also available. “I felt very welcomed, everyone was friendly and talkative ...... I felt today was perfect! Especially as an ice-breaker! It was fun and light-hearted, I loved it!” The workshop provided “so much info regarding make-up and hair and nice people to talk to”.
Five people joined us for our March workshop which was supported by Vichy Dermablend. Each attendee had a personal consultation with a professional make-up artist and was able to try out a variety of products and shades. They also enjoyed a relaxing neck/shoulder massage and nail painting/hand massage. One attendee found “being told what to do that suits my face” particularly useful, while another enjoyed “the informality – chance to chat with other people”
Eight people with burns and scars attended our February workshop. The day started with a presentation from Veil who provided skin camouflage products. Each attendee had a personal consultation with a professional make-up artist and was able to try out a variety of different products and shades. They also enjoyed a consultation with a hair stylist, as well as nail painting / hand massage and a relaxing neck/shoulder massage. A burns survivor who joined us that day commented on “how welcoming it was and how it kept us all within our comfort zones. Very very considerate of all sensitivities” One attendee found learning “about make-up for my leg and finding what products are out there and available” particularly useful, and “loved having my hair and nails done, but the make-up was amazing”.