Winners’ Blogs – Katie Piper
October 15, 2012
Katie Piper: Presenter and Charity Campaigner, Founder of the Katie Piper Foundation was awarded the “You Can” award in 2011.
Please describe your experience at the Women of the Year lunch in October 2011.
I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to the lunch and to be in a room with so many inspirational and fantastic women, whose achievements range from being out in Afghanistan on the front line as paramedics, to suffragettes and well-known celebrities who have been wonderful role models to other women. It really was a unique experience and one that I’ll remember forever.
What did winning the Sainsbury’s Women of the Year “You can” award mean to you?
I was absolutely blown away and humbled to have won an award. Also Pam Warren presented it to me which really was a wonderful thing because she had been such an inspiration and a really good friend to me throughout my recovery. To be acknowledged in that way was amazing. It felt strange because I felt like I was accepting the award on behalf of everyone who helped me and supported me along my way.
Why are awards ceremonies, like the Women of the Year Lunch, important?
I’ve been to lots of award ceremonies where awards are given out that might seem slightly frivolous – for example, for best-dressed woman or best hair or best make-up. The Women of the Year lunch and awards really get to the heart of what being a woman means – they acknowledge a wide range of professions, with different women from diverse backgrounds and their incredible achievements. I think it’s important, in particular for the younger generation, to be made aware of the variety of roles that women can take on in modern society and all the achievements they can make. And for those women who receive the accolade, it’s incredibly important to feel appreciated and be acknowledged.
Which women have been an inspiration in your life, and why?
The biggest inspiration in my life is my mum. She has given me, my brother and sister a fantastic stable and loving upbringing and she’s been a wonderful wife to my dad. She’s taught us how to be strong, remain dignified and get the most from life.
My biggest celebrity inspiration is Jacqueline Gold, for all her achievements in business, her contributions to charity and being a fantastic role model for young women whilst also managing to be a wife and mother at the same time as being an achiever in business.
What has been your biggest achievement to date and what goals do you have for the future?
I’d say my biggest achievement to date is actually my recovery and just becoming part of society again. I’ve got lots of personal goals for the future, with regards to my confidence and my continued recovery, medically; and I suppose my biggest goals would be concerning the Katie Piper Foundation. I want to ensure the longevity of the charity, securing funds, expanding and supporting more and more burn survivors as well as changing the perception of disfigurement in society.