On 29th October The Katie Piper Foundation held their Key Supporter’s Lunch at the House of Lords in London. It was attended by Burns and Plastic Surgeons, trustees, beneficiaries and supporters, who were all given the opportunity to hear first-hand how the charity have supported and changed the lives of many people who have suffered horrific injuries as a result of being burned. It was an inspiring day and a wonderful opportunity to thank all our supporters for the work they do.
On October 28th I was invited onto the Alan Titchmarsh show. I was talking about my book Beautiful Ever After and shared some of the ups and downs of the dating game! We ended the show with a lively game of Battle of the Sexes where I was completely outnumbered by the guys in G4 and Joe Pasquale!!
Another early start for me last Wednesday! I made an appearance as a panellist on the TV show The Wright Stuff. Unfortunately Matthew Wright was ill so Hardeep Singh Kohli took his place. I had a great time discussing recent news stories with the other panellists, Steve Furst and Zoe Lyons and we listened to some interesting comments from the viewers who phoned in.
I was honoured and privileged to receive an Honorary Degree in Health Sciences from Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. It was great to celebrate the achievements of all the students and to watch them being rewarded for their years of studying. I wish them all success and happiness in the next stages of their lives. My charity, the Katie Piper Foundation has worked closely with the university’s post graduate medical institute to further research into the treatment and after-care of burns and scars. I invited my family along to watch the ceremony, and was delighted that my daughter Belle was allowed to watch too! She was very well behaved but completely unaware of what was going on! Never mind, we have some photos to show her when she’s older.
I always love the Pride of Britain ceremony, it is a chance for ordinary people to be honoured for doing extraordinary things. Some have saved lives, some have changed the lives of others and some have spent their own lives helping others. To see these people and hear their stories is always an emotional but inspiring experience. This year I was honoured to present a Pride of Britain lifetime award to Sir Roy Calne, a medical pioneer who helped to develop the anti-rejection drug Cyclosporine used by transplant patients. I have a very good reason for feeling grateful to Sir Roy as I had to take the drug after my cornea transplant, so it is thanks to him that my doctor was able to restore some of the sight in my damaged eye.
October 12th was my 31st birthday and I celebrated by taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon! I persuaded my sister Suzy to run with me, we were raising money for my charity, the Katie Piper Foundation. We were both pretty tired by the end of it but had great support from the people watching so it was worth the aching legs the next day! What a great way to spend a birthday!!
The Marriott Hotel group asked five thought leaders to design their ideal hotel guest room. I was described as a Fashionista Mumpreneur so I designed a child-friendly room with a muted, restful colour scheme with soft lighting and clean lines, kitted out with all the equipment a young couple with a baby would need: baby monitor, bottle steriliser, fridge and the all important coffee machine! The public were asked to vote for their favourite room and the most popular elements will be built into one design and shown off at Westfield London from October 27th to November 2nd 2014.
I loved going on “Loose Women” as a guest so you can imagine how excited I was to be asked to be one of the presenters on the show on 11th September! During my recovery my mum and I would often watch it together, never dreaming that one day I would be a guest let alone one of the presenters! I sat with Andrea McLean, Nadia Sawalha and Jane Moore. One of the guests was Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who talked about his new book and how he loves to eat squirrel pie! Not sure if I like the sound of that! All the “Loose Women” were so friendly and chatty and I had a great time sharing my views and opinions and talking about my new book “Beautiful Ever After.”
The 10th of September saw my new book come out, it was a very exciting time but I was also very nervous. Would people buy it? Would they want to read any more of my story? I had put a lot of work into writing it and had to draw on memories that were upsetting but there were also uplifting parts which I hoped would make people smile. When you read my book I would love to know what you thought of it so please leave a review on Amazon and if you liked it then why not buy another copy for a friend’s Christmas present!
On July 24th I was asked to speak at “The What Matters Conference and Concert” on World Merit Day. The key note speaker was Malala Yousafzai the 16 year old girl who was shot by the Taliban because of her campaign for girls to have a right to an education. She gave a very inspiring talk which was well received by the audience.
World Merit day is a chance for young people to be inspired by speakers from all walks of life with the aim of reaching out to members of the upcoming generation and inspiring positive change and to be a global force for good. I was very proud to add my voice to help to get this message across.