The Foundation was thrilled to be the Official Charity of The Ideal Home Show which took place at Olympia, London from 20th March – 6th April 2015. And we are pleased to announce that we will also be the benefitting Official Charity of both The Ideal Home Show at Christmas at EventCity, Manchester from 12th – 15th November and at Olympia, London from 25th – 29th November.
Watch this space for details of our special ticket offer which will be available shortly!
Katie was the show’s new ambassador for Fashion & Beauty and show organisers Media Ten kindly offered KPF the opportunity to be the Ideal Home Show’s official charity in 2015 – of course, we jumped at the chance, though organising our presence over the eighteen days of the show was quite a challenge! We were delighted to also offer a special 2 for 1 ticket deal for the Foundation for a limited period.
Many visitors to the show made donations to KPF when purchasing their tickets online and by giving money to the many Foundation volunteers that walked the show fundraising for us with our KPF collection tins – the show was a great success for the Foundation, raising £4,186!
We must say a special thank you to all of our KPF beneficiary volunteers who supported us throughout the eighteen day event and also a very big thank you to all of our other wonderful volunteers and those from Marks & Spencer who gave their time to fundraise for us at the show. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to promote the Foundation to the many thousands that attended.
As Fashion & Beauty Ambassador for the Show, Katie challenged the conventional catwalk by hosting three days of “Confidence – The Secret” fashion shows featuring alternative catwalk models from the Foundation (KPF beneficiaries Tulsi, Raiche and Lin were thrilled to take part) plus two models from Models of Diversity.
When Katie spoke to MailOnline about the initiative, she said: ‘I am working with The Ideal Home Show as a fashion and beauty ambassador to launch a bespoke show with alternative catwalk models chosen from my foundation, the Katie Piper Foundation, and Models of Diversity. It’s all incredibly exciting.’ Explaining the inspiration behind the show’s name, Katie said: ‘It’s called Confidence – The Secret because confidence is something you can use to express yourself and convey yourself and it’s something I’ve used through several periods of my life. It’s not about trying to look and be perfect, it’s about a positive mindset and being the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.’
On Saturday 14th June 2014 our second Scar Academy workshop took place at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Hosted by Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham’s Therapy Department, we ran our one day workshop on “Scar Assessment and Outcome Measures” in partnership with Oscare http://www.oscare.be/en/ and were thrilled that the day was fully subscribed and attended by healthcare professionals (physio’s, Occupational Therapists, nurses and doctors) representing all burn services in England, Wales and Ireland. Workshops were held on clinical, objective and patient reported / quality of life outcome measures. Effective outcome measures are crucial in determining what treatments for scars are most effective.
The day will be evaluated by the participants and we’ll share their feedback with you shortly.
A number of burn survivors kindly gave up their Saturday to act as models for each workshop and later that day KPF hosted a social event for them and others who joined us in the afternoon.
Our thanks to all who helped us on the day.
The Foundation’s Clinical Scar Specialist along with her colleague, lead physiotherapist in burns from Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, visited Lamalou, the specialist burn rehabilitation centre in France where Katie had treatment as featured in her documentary. This visit allowed them to gain a more clinical perspectives on the treatments and services offered at the rehab centre.
In partnership with Oscare and Queen Mary University, London the Katie Piper Foundation ran a ground breaking 2 day educational course on advanced scar management bringing new knowledge of scars and scar treatments, healthcare professionals representing all the burn services in the UK attended the course held at St Bartholomew Hospital, London.