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Katie Piper has shared a harrowing photo of her acid attack injuries to raise awareness on World Mental Health Day.

In March 2008, Katie’s ex-boyfriend told an accomplice to attack Katie with acid, which left her with major burns on her face, body and blindness in one eye.

Thanks to pioneering surgery, Katie’s vision and face were restored, but the mum’s mental health was still severely damaged.


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To mark World Mental Health Day, Katie has penned an open letter about how scared she was after the attack.

“I remember when I didn’t want to look at anyone. I remember when I didn’t want anyone to look at me. I remember when I was scared of people, scared of men,” she wrote.

“I remember when I was scared of the world. I remember when opening up to people and talking about my trauma and psychological damage just wasn’t possible.”


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Katie added, “Today on Mental Health Day my first meeting of the day is with my therapist. I still go, it still helps and I’m able to talk.”

She stressed, “Hold on, pain ends.”


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Katie's journey is proof that we are strong enough to overcome even the darkest traumas. What happened to Katie is simply horrifying and heartbreaking, but the mum has remained strong throughout her journey. Seeking professional help for mental health issues is one of the most difficult steps to make, but it is always worth it.

We have so much respect for Katie for opening up about such a traumatising moment in her life.


The latest craze, the Ten Year Challenge is making an appearance on everyone's social media.

It's where people are posting side-by-side comparisons of what they looked like a decade ago compared to how they look today.

Some of the contrasts are striking, other people haven't aged a day in ten years.

But for Katie Piper, it was a reminder of how far she's come since 2009.


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The 35-year-old uploaded two pictures – and they couldn't be more different.

Picture one showed a badly burned Katie who was suffering in the aftermath of an acid attack that had happened at the hands of an ex-boyfriend in 2008.

She captioned it, ''#10yearchallenge don’t let this challenge create anxiety within you about ageing- it’s an absolute privilege. 1st pic me age 25 year of 2009 in my mums kitchen. 2nd Pic is me age 35 last week in my own kitchen 2019! #lifeisprecious #health#humanbodyisamazing.''


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The second photo, from 2019, showed a beautiful and healthy Katie smiling in her own home.

The message that she writes about is important – while many of us are focused on the passing of time in relation to ageing, we must not forget that it also means we have survived and that we are alive.

Her fans showered her in support.

One said, ''This is the best 10 year challenge I’ve seen. Respect.''

While another wrote, ''So true, my favourite saying is ‘Do not fear getting older, it’s a privilege denied to many’.''

This post is so inspiring and has reminded us to remember that your health is your wealth. 



Advocate, model and TV  presenter Katie Piper has released an emotional statement following the news that the man who attacked her ten years ago is to be released on parole, after serving only nine years of a life sentence. 

Katie, who is currently preparing to appear in Strictly Come Dancing, was victim to a horrific crime after her boyfriend ordered a man to throw acid at her as she was leaving her home in London. She was left permanently scared as a result of the life-altering attack. 

Stefan Sylvestre was given a life sentence in 2009 – her then-boyfriend Daniel Lynch was also jailed for the attack as well as assaulting Piper – but is to be released after serving less than ten years of his sentence.

Katie took to Instagram to thank her fans, and well-wishers for their support, during what she says is "a really difficult time" as she adjusts to the devastating news.

"It was important to put my message out to my friends, supporters and followers. This is a really difficult time for me," she wrote. "I am trying to come to terms with this decision, and this is something I need to deal with."

As she is currently rehearsing for her appearance in Strictly, the 34-year-old said it was a welcome distraction, despite the news.    


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The Parole Board confirmed Sylvestre was being released after an oral hearing, adding that Piper also read statements in person to the panel.

“Decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public after release,” a spokesperson said.

“The panel will have carefully looked at a whole range of evidence, including details of the original evidence and any evidence of behaviour change.”

In her autobiography, Katie previously revealed her fears that her attacker could be released from prison early after he applied for parole – he was denied the first time this happened as he was still deemed a threat to society. 

"The two of them had taken so much from me, and now this man’s punishment might soon be over. I thought, ‘I’m the one with the life sentence, not him. He can change his identity, change his name, get a new job, a partner, move on, but I can’t. I can’t pretend it didn’t happen because it’s all over my face.’"

Despite enduring such a traumatic event, Piper, also a mum-of-two, has become an incredible advocate, lending her support in numerous causes and even setting up the Katie Piper Foundation to aid other burn victims. 

She is nothing short of inspirational. One year on from the attack she also starred in a documentary called ‘Katie: My Beautiful Face’, to document her journey and it received over 3.3 million viewers.


Gardaí at Blackrock Co Dublin are investigating a serious assault on a young female which occurred shortly after 10pm on Friday  December 1 2017 in the vicinity of a path between Merrion Woods to Seamount Apartments, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

During the attack it is believed a caustic substance was used, resulting in injuries to the injured parties face and hands.

Gardaí are appealing to walkers, taxi drivers, delivery drivers or any persons who were in the vicinity of the following areas ,Rosemount Terrace, Fosterbrook, Merrion Woods and Seamount Apartments between 9.30pm and 10.30pm last Friday who may have observed anything suspicious and may have information or relevance dash camera footage.

Gardaí are particularly interested in a lone male, heavy set wearing dark clothing who was in the area at the time.

Members of the public can contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01-6665200, the Garda confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.



Arthur Collins has been found guilty of carrying out an acid attack in a London nightclub earlier this year.

According to witness reports, Collins, who was in a relationship with TOWIE star Ferne McCann, doused fellow revellers in the corrosive liquid in a Dalston nightspot.


Collins, who recently became a father when Ferne gave birth to his daughter Sunday on November 2, admitted he had thrown liquid on the night in question, but claimed he thought it was a date rape drug.

Collins maintains that he took the liquid off two men in the nightclub, who he claims were planning to put it in a female reveller's drink.

The 25-year-old maimed more than a dozen members of the public during the attack on April 17.


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21-year-old Andre Phoenix, who was on trial alongside Collins, has been cleared of all charges against him

Collins has been convicted of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and nine counts of actual bodily harm against 14 people.

According to Sky News, Collins will be convicted on December 19.



Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of TOWIE's Ferne McCann, is wanted for questioning over an acid attack at a London nightclub.

Two men remain in a serious but stable condition at a special burns unit in London after the attack in the early hours of Monday morning.

According to Detective Inspector Lee McCullough, who is leading the investigation, more than twenty people were injured with acid in Mangle E8 nightclub.

He said they "all have burn related injuries."

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Police believe an argument kicked off between two groups in the club, which ended with a male suspect spraying an acidic substance on two intended victims.

Among those injured was Australian model, Isobella Fraser, 22, who was burnt down her arm and back when the acidic liquid burnt through her dress.

Ex-Premier League footballer Jamie O'Hara's cousin was also in the nightclub when the attack took place.

Man wanted for London acid attack dating TOWIE star Ferne McCann
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He described the it as "sick" after seeing his cousin, Sadie's face and head covered in blisters.

He tweeted pictures of her burns, saying, "Sick that my cousin got burnt from this acid attach in Hackney, innocent people get injured for the sick act of violence."

Ferne has urged her boyfriend to come forward and "co-operate fully" with the police.

A rep for the star said: "Ferne is aware that the police wish to speak to Arthur Collins and the nature of the accusations against him.

"Obviously these are highly shocking and Ferne has co-operated with the police in their inquiries.

"She was not with Arthur on Sunday night, was not at Mangle and has no direct knowledge of the events that unfolded.

"As much as anybody she wants to know that truth and urges Arthur to co-operate fully with the police and attend a police station immediately."

The venue was packed with about 600 people before the attack happened at 1am on Monday, at the tail end of the Easter Bank holiday. Some 600 party-goers were evacuated when emergency services arrived.

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