As a beneficiary of stem cell treatment myself, I was delighted to be invited to become an Ambassador for the UK Stem Cell Foundation as it supports an area of medical research that holds tremendous potential. I am keen to play a part in helping new break-through stem cell treatments become available for patients in the UK. By becoming an Ambassador for the Foundation, I hope to be able to help raise awareness and support for this incredible area of medical research, which offers hope to so many people affected by previously untreatable illnesses and conditions.
In July I took part in the Tunnel to Towers 5k run. This event originated in America to commemorate the tragic events of September 11th 2001 and to raise money for fire fighters charities. I was very pleased to finish the race in a very respectable time of 31 minutes! Some of the runners were running for my charity The Katie Piper Foundation. One of those runners was Rebecca Rynor who was born with cerebral palsy. She has difficulty standing without the aid of a walking frame but she didn’t let that stop her from getting involved. She trained for 15 months so I got really emotional when she crossed the finish line with her frame. Whenever I feel nervous before a race I’ll think of Becky’s incredible strength.
In June I travelled to Tanzania with a UK Aid project team from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. We visited the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and I met burns survivors and their families. In Tanzania, people are frightened of burns and scars because there’s a huge stigma attached to them. They believe it’s to do with voodoo or black magic- that there’s culpability and it’s a punishment sent by the devil. The medical professionals I went with do a lot to help dispel these attitudes and they support and help to train the doctors and nurses who are working with the survivors and their families. Many of the injuries I saw had been sustained at home where they have open fires and kerosene lamps and accidents happen so quickly. One of the most frustrating things was seeing children disabled by injuries that in a Western country would be easily treatable. One little boy had to have his fingers amputated because the scars had contracted so badly, with early intervention that could have been avoided. I also visited schools and orphanages talking to youngsters about how they felt about seeing those with burns and scars. Some of them were frightened by my burns and wouldn’t touch the scars. I showed them photos of me working in my office, taking part in a half marathon and out enjoying myself with my friends; I wanted to show them that it was possible to have a good, productive life and be a valuable member of society even with “disfigurements.” It was an experience I will never forget.
I’m really excited to announce that I’m going to be working with Gok Wan this summer!
Gok and I will be helping you look and feel amazing for the summer
I’ll be throwing my beauty uniform back on and showing you all the DIY beauty prep to get your body beach ready!
I’m really looking forward to it and a bit nervous as it will all be live! If you would like to take part follow the link to Channel 4 and send in your application form* Hopefully I will get to meet some of you soon!
Over the next few months I am going to be touring Britain to come to the rescue of people who have learned to bitterly regret their poor beauty decision in brand new Channel4 series Undo Me.
Im looking forward to using my skills as a beautician and life experience as a mentor to understand and help people on this journey. If you would like help with a beauty regret that you have please follow this link to be part of the show