Brave Kerrie’s an inspiring role model

Former Fleetwood woman Kerrie Newsham who is working as a volunteer for the Katie Piper Foundation.
Former Fleetwood woman Kerrie Newsham who is working as a volunteer for the Katie Piper Foundation.

An inspirational young woman who suffered life-changingburns in a house fire is being featured in a special report by the Katie Piper Foundation.

Kerrie Newsham has been photographed as part of an uplifting feature showing people with physical disfigurements going about their everyday lives.

Kerrie, 23, was injured in the fire at her former home in Fleetwood when she was a child and is now hoping to draw on her own experiences to help others as part of the foundation’s work.

Now living in Poulton, Kerrie works at Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Data Protection department and the story on her work there will be featured in the Katie Piper Foundation’s annual report.

Katie Piper was just 24 years old when she had sulphuric acid thrown in her face during a brutal attack.

Kerrie said: “It was so lovely to be asked to be in Katie’s annual report.

“Last year’s book was really touching and full of beautiful people inside and out.

“If I could give just one person that little bit of hope - just like all the others have done for me - it would make my journey that little bit more special than it already is.

“It was really fun doing the shoot at my work although it was really embarrassing posing all around the hospital with the passers-by stopping for a glimpse of what was going on. I can’t wait to see the end result of the report and to show everyone else a little taster of what the past year has been to The Katie Piper Foundation.”

Kerrie was inspired to get in touch with Katie when she saw her on TV.

She explained: “I wrote to Katie saying how positive she was. I think she makes other people believe that after bad things happen you can get on with your life.

“She invited me to Manchester. It was a beauty day for people who had suffered burn injuries.

“They had make-up specialists showing how to use camouflage. They said my make-up was really good.”

The foundation is launching a forum on its website and Kerrie will be one of six ‘superusers’ who can give advice and support to people through a forum.

“It is still in the process of trial at the moment but we will be able to talk to people and offer advice.

“I am also starting a course in September with the British Association of Skin Camouflage so that I can open by own clinic.”

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