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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

Ideal Home Show – Manchester

The Katie Piper Foundation are the charity of the year at the Ideal Home Show Manchester again this year!  Katie Piper and friends will be at the show on Thursday 8th June – sharing their tips on self esteem.  Please come along and look out for our collections tins and buckets!  http://www.idealhomeshowmanchester.com/visiting/ticket-information

   

 

Feedback from KPF Pop Up Event

KPF Pop Up Event:

The day began with an introduction from Raiche, who developed the KPF Pop Up Event

We then heard a motivational talk from Katie Piper, (focussing on confidence, personal development, wellbeing and overcoming barriers) followed by a group discussion.

After lunch we had a short motivational talk from a martial arts expert who had a burn injury as a child.

In the afternoon, attendees chose to take part in two out of these three 40 minute workshops:

  • Wellbeing (led by a psychotherapist)
  • Vocational (led by a careers advisor)
  • Goal setting (led by a coach)

Testimonials:

“Motivational talks were extremely helpful for my mindset and new ideas on outlook in life.”

“I liked meeting other people with burns, it’s strange to be in a room full of people and you’re not the only one with burns”.

Commenting on what they found helpful, one attendee said:  “The opportunity to listen to Katie and the guest speaker talk about their experiences, as well as meeting other burn survivors. The workshops enhanced my knowledge and attitude towards career management/potential and self-confidence/esteem.”

Another attendee shared: “I found the workshops particularly useful, the professionals were very informative but sensitive. In particular the careers advice has helped me to go on and find a job role in which I am happy, which is something I was really apprehensive about after leaving university. The workshops were filled with practical take-home advice that I can use moving forward.”

We look forward to supporting more adults with burns and trauma scars at our KPF Weekend Event in September 2017!

 

 

On-line Survey – Centre For Appearance Research

Researchers at the Centre for Appearance Research are hoping to recruit participants to an on-line survey focussing on the intimate lives of those living with a visible difference or an altered appearance. Taking part involves answering a series of survey style questions about yourself, your appearance, your thoughts and feelings and your intimate life. This is being done so that we can learn more about looking different and intimate relationships and to  help develop a measurement scale that researchers and clinicians may be able to use to identify those that find their intimate lives challenging because of how they look or how they feel about how they look. If you have a visible difference, are at least 18 years old, are based in the UK and would like to find out more and/or take part then please find more information at https://tinyurl.com/intimacyCAR On behalf of the Centre For Appearance Research, thank you.

Swimming Opportunity

Sylvia, a member of the London Adult Burns Support Group http://www.chelwest.nhs.uk/services/surgery/burns-service/burns-support-groups has been working hard to create opportunities for people with appearance differences to go swimming in a relaxed and welcoming environment without fear of being judged by others. Sylvia’s hard work is paying off and she has now set a location for the first session on Saturday 4th March 2-4pm.

Depending on the level of interest and success it may be possible to expand to other locations and frequency.  You can contact sylvia@lovedisfigure.com directly for more information, updates, any questions and just to register your interest. Even if you are not a confident swimmer Sylvia is a trained instructor and may well be able to support you in building your confidence in water.  (Please note that this is not a Katie Piper Foundation service).