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Pedal Power for Burns Survivors – Join Us!

On the 4th August this year you could be flying through the streets of London and leafy lanes of Surrey by taking part in the Prudential RideLondon – Surrey cycle challenge for The Katie Piper Foundation. With the ballot now closed, riding for a charity is the only way to get a place and we have six places up for grabs. Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it’s a truly spectacular event for all involved. To be on the team, please contact Carly@katiepiperfoundation.org.uk

Team Katie reunited for 10k run

Join us on Sunday 21st July to run an iconic route through the heart of London with live bands and DJ’s along the way to keep you on your toes. You can help to change the lives of burns survivors by being a part of our small and friendly team, led by our founder Katie Piper. You’ll get a Katie Piper Foundation running vest, support with fundraising and we’ll be organising opportunities to meet up and train beforehand as well as thank you drinks after the run. We can’t wait to meet you!

Registration fee: £20
Fundraising target: £250

To sign up and join our team, please click the link and select the pink ‘Register Now’ button to follow the simple steps for registration: https://katiepiperfoundation.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/Asics-London-10k-2019

For more information on the event including FAQ’s, please visit https://uk.virginsport.com/event/asics-london-10k-2019

Our FaceValue art exhibition at Jealous Gallery returns!

Artist, curator and KPF champion, Gary Mansfield, has created his third collaborative exhibition based around the changing of identity at the hands of another, with each artwork being a metaphor for a person that is living with visible difference.

We are really proud to be working with Gary to make this event happen again and it’s a big moment for us in the year as the funds raised will help us to support burns survivors to rebuild their lives.

The exhibition will run from 18th – 28th April at Jealous Gallery in Shoreditch.  We invite all art enthusiasts, who feel they might be able to support by buying a piece of art, to visit the show. The official unveiling and opening night will be taking place on the evening of the 18th April with Katie and other special guests in attendance. Numbers at the opening night are limited but if you are an art collector or buyer and would like to be there, we’d be delighted if you could join us. Please email carly@katiepiperfoundation.org.uk to express your interest and get more details.

Behind-the-scenes peek at our rehabilitation centre

The journey to opening a dedicated rehabilitation centre for adults who have survived burns has been one of meticulous preparation.  On BBC Breakfast on Friday 26th October, you can have a behind-the-scenes glimpse as we prepare to evolve out of our development phase, and into being a fully-fledged service.

Running a rehabilitation service, where survivors can focus wholly on furthering their rehabilitation through techniques such as scar management has been the goal of The Katie Piper Foundation since its inception. Developing this service with patients at its heart, has been a rewarding and challenging process.

On the BBC piece you’ll see that Katie has carefully chosen the perfect team to deliver this life changing service.

We’re delighted to be working in collaboration with charitable status hospital – Fairfield Independent Hospital in Merseyside.   With the charitable hospital’s 40 years of experience of running a high quality health service with a renowned physiotherapy team and tranquil grounds, and The Katie Piper Foundation’s almost ten years of listening to survivors of burns and providing practical help and treatments, this is a partnership built on shared goals and a passion to see survivors of burns thrive. You’ll see the fantastic physiotherapists there who are able to enable huge leaps in the path of full recovery, using their longstanding skills as well as utilising new cutting edge equipment that is rarely available for survivors of burns.

Danielle, photographed below is one of several patients who saw huge impact of having a tailored package of treatment and care delivered intensively daily.  She has now gone on to be our Patient Coordinator so in turn, has made a huge difference to patients during our development phase and will go on to do so to many more.  Professor Kayvan Shokrollahi featured in the broadcast was instrumental in making the vision of this serviced, the first of its kind in the UK, a reality.

We aim to deliver over 3,000 hours of direct care, treatment and activities in the first 12 months of opening. So we look forward to reporting back to you in early 2019. We’ll be able to tell you about new patients whose lives will have changed course, thanks to their commitment to rehabilitation in partnership with The Katie Piper Foundation and our trusted partners.

If you’re an adult who has burns or scars from an injury, please ask us any questions, make an enquiry or read more about the rehabilitation service here. You can contact us using our contact form or call our Charity Services Team on 07496 827 266.

Could you be our Chair? – More time to apply

The Katie Piper Foundation, which began as a very small charity born out of Katie Piper’s dedication to improving outcomes for survivors of burns, has a big objective: a world in which scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of wellbeing. We are now poised to take a major step towards achieving our vision – not only through the provision of rehabilitation and support during recovery to burns survivors, but also through developing the means to actively promote their subsequent continued social inclusion and wellbeing.

We are looking for a new Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Katie Piper Foundation. At an exciting time of growth and development for the organisation, you will have a fundamental role in ensuring that the Foundation fulfils its vision and aims, leading the Board of Trustees in supporting the values of the Foundation, clarifying its strategic direction, ensuring sound governance and holding the executive to account for performance delivery.

If you have the leadership and governance experience we need, please download the pack here see http://www.executive-action.com/katie-piper-foundation-chair/ for full details. The closing date for applications is flexible beyond the initial date advertised.

Our Founder guest edits National Geographic

Katie has guest edited the world renowned National Geographic magazine in September 2018.  She is one of only 12 people selected to do so in the 130 year history of the publication.  Katie lead content that explores a range of themes, including identity.  She says “When your appearance is drastically transformed in an instant, it’s life-changing”.  And what’s also life-changing is the rehabilitation The Katie Piper Foundation is unlocking access to for survivors of burns.

A survivor’s life continues to change and evolve.  Katie, upon reflecting on the medical journey she has been on, said to the National Geographic “I’ve now accepted that my old face is gone”.

Please read more here: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/magazine/2018/08/introducing-septembers-guest-editor-katie-piper and we hope you’ll buy a copy to gain more insight into Katie’s journey and how she’s applied what she’s learned to develop the charity.

Support Katie’s Run for Rehab

Katie loves nothing more than taking on a challenge and she’s donning her running shoes again to take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 14th October 2018. You can help her reach her £7,000 target which will support burns survivors with specialist therapy at our live-in rehabilitation centre. To read about what’s motivating Katie to run and make a much appreciated donation, please check out her fundraising page: https://katiepiperfoundation.charitycheckout.co.uk/pf/katie-piper Thank you to everyone who has supported so far!

 

There are still a few places left on our Royal Parks Half team. Your personal challenge will turn into funds which will power The Katie Piper Foundation’s brand new live-in rehabilitation hub for survivors of burns. By committing to a pledge of raising £350, you’ll be a huge part of raising the ambitious target Katie has set for the team! If you would like to be part of our running team please email info@katiepiperfoundation.org.uk The deadline for runner registration is 24th August so get in touch as soon as possible to secure your place.

When friends inspire us to climb mountains!

Thoughts may be turning to spring, but here at The Katie Piper Foundation, we’re still happy to be reminded of snowcapped mountains when we think of what Grace Thorne achieved. She trekked Mount Kilimanjaro as a sponsored challenge back in February. Her efforts won’t be forgotten! Inspired by her good friend Catrin Pugh’s personal challenge of ongoing recovery from severe burns, Grace raised over £5,000. Grace has been by Catrin’s side throughout her journey. Catrin was the first burn survivor to attend The Katie Piper Foundation’s residential burn rehabilitation in its pilot phase. The money raised by Grace will go straight to enabling this special place to open. That will mean many more survivors of burns can receive intensive treatment following their discharge from NHS burn units, where they receive outstanding care.

Click here to watch Grace’s amazing video diary… could you do the same for The Katie Piper Foundation? Please get in touch if you think you’d like to take part in a challenge by emailing info@katiepiperfoundation.org.uk or calling 07903 187309.

Thank you Grace, for pushing yourself to the limits to help survivors of burns.