Charity of the month: The Katie Piper Foundation

Charity of the month: The Katie Piper Foundation

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Heather Findlay

Hi everyone!

This month we’re fundraising for a charity that’s very close to our hearts: The Katie Piper Foundation.

They offer invaluable support and advice to people who suffer from burns, scars and other facial disfigurements. The charity provides workshops and treatments to help sufferers learn to live with their disfigurements.

The charity is still in its early stages, so all it needs all the help and support it can get. Currently Katie and the team are looking to set up a mentoring system where survivors can get one-to-one help from each other.

It’s a fantastic charity, and was brought to our attention when we worked with Chantelle Richardson. Chantelle approached Medavia in August last year asking for help publicising her story.

Chantelle was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) when she was just 14-years-old. It began as a small growth of blood vessels on her face, but as she got older it grew, leaving her disfigured.

Now 24, Chantelle has spent the last 10 years fighting, both for her life, and against discrimination.

Chantelle Richardson first appeared on Katie Piper’s TV show My Beautiful Friends in 2009 and she is now an ambassador for the charity.

Over the last two years, we’ve placed articles about Chantelle’s condition in some of the biggest national newspapers and magazines. We ensured that the coverage was accurate and sensitively-written, and helped to raise awareness of AVMs. The coverage also helped reduce the stigma surrounding disfigurement.

We’ve donated, but you can too. Visit to find out more.

We’ll also be raising the profile of the charity with a variety of national newspaper and magazine features. We’d like to highlight the incredible work the charity does, as well as the stories behind some of its supporters. If you’d like to talk about life with a disfigurement, let’s talk. Use the contact form on the left or email

Lastly, here are some of the articles we’ve done…