Katie Piper is a young woman rebuilding her life after surviving a brutal sulphuric acid attack in 2008. She now has her own foundation helping fellow survivors, of which Simon Cowell is a patron.
With an insightful and moving Channel 4 documentary based on her story of survival and recovery, this inspirational woman remains more focused and determined.
Born in Hampshire in 1983, Katie embarked on a career in modelling and TV presenting, which entailed a hectic social life and a glowing career in the public eye. The acid thrown over Katie by her ex-boyfriend destroyed all the skin on her face, neck and hands, and left her blind in one eye.
In May 2009 Katie made the decision to give up her anonymity and share her story in a remarkable film for the Cutting Edge strand on Channel 4 called ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’. The programme, supported by a huge press campaign, received a Broadcast Award in 2011.
Katie went on to front a four-part series for Channel 4 ‘Katie: My Beautiful Friends’ and was recently seen in ‘Katie: The Science of Seeing’ in which she underwent stem cell treatment in her left eye and remarkably regained her sight. Her autobiography ‘Beautiful’ was published in February and has so far sold over 113,000 copies in the UK. Her second book, a self-help book titled ‘Things Get Better’ was published in May 2012, and her latest publication ‘Start Your Day With Katie’, a book of affirmations, was released at the end of September 2012.
The Katie Piper Foundation, which has Simon Cowell as a patron was set up to improve rehabilitation facilities for burns survivors while providing a network of support and information on burns, scars and treatment, both medical and non-medical.
The Oxford Union is fortunate enough to be visited by a large number of high-profile speakers every term. Few speakers, if any, I have seen at the Union have been as humbling and inspirational as Katie. Her ability to tell her remarkable story with such confidence and hope is truly awe-inspiring
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