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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com The deadline for runner registration is 24th August so get in touch as soon as possible to secure your place.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07903 187309.
Thank you Grace, for pushing yourself to the limits to help survivors of burns.
Can you help one of our volunteers with her project on burns rehabilitation by completing this quick survey? https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68D7HSC
(This is not a KPF research project. If you need support please check out the Get Help section of this website)
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
- 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.
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.
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