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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.

Residential Burn and Scar Rehabilitation Centre

Following successful pilots in 2016 and 2017 and a development phase in early 2018, our residential burn and scar rehabilitation centre will be getting off the ground in 2018.  More information on this will follow in the coming months.   If you or someone you know has a burn injury, or an injury resulting in a scar, and you have any questions about this service, please contact us

KPF Weekend Event 2017

We held our 2017 Weekend Event at the end of September.  We had 60 guests this year – all adults affected by burn injuries and their family/friends/partners.  Activities included:

  • Cupcake decorating
  • A talk on confidence from Katie Piper
  • Mindful walks in nature
  • Personal training
  • Relaxing massage
  • Swimming
  • Camouflage and makeup consultations
  • Craft workshop
  • Vocational workshop

Our volunteers, burn survivors themselves, organised the weekend event and led the majority of the activities.

         

We had wonderful feedback from the event, including this testimonial:

I can’t thank the Foundation enough for our weekend event.  I’ve been beaming since I got in the car to leave. My own mother said I’ve come back a different person and am glowing.  I’ve learnt a lot about myself this weekend and it’s opened my eyes and corrected a lot of thoughts I had about myself.  I’ve met some amazing people who I am happy to say have now become my new friends and peers and also support. I feel like you have given me a purpose as I’ve been able to share tips with people on certain little day to day things.  Thank you so much for helping me find and be ME.

Katie’s Theatre Tour

We’re delighted to tell you about Katie’s first ever theatre tour, starting in March 2018! There’ll be plenty of chances to donate to The Katie Piper Foundation when you’re there, and if you treat yourself to the ‘meet and greet’ package, at least £10 of your ticket price will come straight to the Foundation.

In a time of glossy magazines, Photoshop, Instagram filters and app dating remaining in touch with reality has never been harder. Katie embarks on her debut theatre tour to share what she has learnt and what helped her remain positive even through the toughest of times. She will discuss her own battles with anxiety and explain how she has overcome its crippling clutches. Katie is opening her own diaries, photo albums and personal memories in this most intimate and revealing talk about her life.

Insecurities exist in us all and adversity in life is unavoidable, but how can it be managed? How can we find the light in the darkest of times? Katie believes no matter how big or small your challenges might seem, there is always a confident way forward and she will show you how. This is her story, this is her life, this is her wisdom. This is ‘What’s In My Head’.

Meet and Greet tickets are available directly from the venue. The package includes

  • A seated ticket in the front of the theatre
  • An exclusive meet and greet after the show with Katie
  • A copy of Katie’s new book ‘From Mother to Daughter’
  • An opportunity to have your book signed by Katie
  • At least £10 of your ticket price will come straight to The Katie Piper Foundation.

Katie’s Theatre Tour

Online Survey to identify support needs of parents supporting a child with a burn injury

Online Survey to identify support needs of parents supporting a child with a burn injury

  • Are you a parent who is supporting a child who has had a burn injury?
  • Want to be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £50 Amazon vouchers?
  • Complete a survey which aims to identify parents support needs and well-being when supporting a child with a burn.

This survey is being developed by the Centre for Appearance Research, UWE and they are inviting parents to complete the survey to test the questions in order to refine and shorten it.  Once developed the survey will be used by the NHS and charities that provide support for burn patients and their families in order to ensure they get the best possible support.

To complete the survey click on this link: https://tinyurl.com/parentquest

National Blowdry Day!

National Blow Dry Day has chosen The Katie Piper Foundation to be their charity of the year.  The special day which celebrates confidence takes place on Friday 28th July.  No preparation or planning is needed!  We are asking hairdressers and salons to raise funds through donating their tips for the day, donating takings from blow drys that day or how about hosting a raffle for a bundle of your best products?  If you’re not a hairdresser perhaps you could give your best friend a treat of a blow dry or braiding session for a fiver, or you can take part in the online raffle here https://kpfoundation-blowdryday.everydayhero.com/uk/ego-raffle.  Whatever you do please create your own page here so that you can show off your fundraising achievements to your friends and encourage online donations! https://kpfoundation-blowdryday.everydayhero.com//uk/get-started

All funds raised will go straight to helping people living with burns and scars, for example it could go towards a hair replacement system for someone like Adele.

Thank you for joining in!

McIndoe Burns Support Group – Next Meeting Fri 21st July

Friday 21 July 2017 11am-4pm
Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead

Activities will include:
• manicures
• reflexology
• reiki
• afternoon tea
• and possibly hand massage

The McIndoe Burns Support Group are holding a free wellbeing day for people aged 16 and over who have sustained a burn. It is an opportunity to take part in activities and meet other people with similar experiences.

The event is open to anyone over the age of 16 who has experienced a burn, or is a relative of someone who has experienced a burn of any type and size at any age and have been treated at any hospital.

You are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you.

For more information or to book your place please email Tania.Gibson@qvh.nhs.uk or call 01342 41440