atie Piper appears to have the power to discover the positives in each given circumstance, together with when it comes to turning 40.
While some people dread the considered hitting the milestone age, the author, activist and presenter – who is understood for her beaming smile and unimaginable work throughout the scar and burns survivor community – is certainly not one in every of them.
Speaking to the Standard shortly after celebrating her thirty ninth birthday, Piper explained: “For me, every birthday is a privilege because some people don’t get to see 39 and that’s their only wish to be able to, so I would never be somebody that tries to attach shame to aging.
“I’m not much of a party animal so don’t expect a big party from me, I’m more about being with people I love and care about – friends and family, that sort of thing.”
She does like the concept nevertheless of taking on a challenge within the lead up like Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson, who known as 39 her “year of health”.
“I think health and happiness is all we really have because anything else is bought so it doesn’t really mean anything if you don’t have that basic foundation,” Piper mirrored.
One factor she is passionate about protecting up is her charity work.
“I set up my own charity for burns survivors, The Katie Piper Foundation, 15 years ago and being a part of that, seeing other people’s strengths and spirit in the face of adversity really restores my faith in human spirit and society.”
Piper says one in every of her favorite issues is getting to be around people who encourage her and he or she lately had the chance to be in a complete room full thanks to a brand new initiative with Belvita.
The biscuit model’s Smile Spreaders campaign is all about the power and significance of spreading positivity in our communities via the easy act of a smile.
New research carried out by them discovered that 61 percent of Brits really feel they want a lift of positivity within the colder months, and 76 percent agreed that receiving a smile from somebody brightens their day.
For the campaign, the Loose Women star teamed up with 4 native heroes who have each gone above and past of their communities to unfold positivity.
They embrace: Oyovwe Agatha Kigho, founding father of the Widows Empowerment Trust, Stefan Simanowitz, mind youngster of ‘Take One, Leave One’ initiative, Sam Pritchard, who is behind the ‘Cards Fighting Loneliness’ initiative, and Jacky Alder, a neighborhood marvel lady who cooked, shopped and dog-walked for aged residents in her community of Brackley all through the pandemic.
“They all had the same thing in common – it was initiatives off their own back that they decided would either transform their local areas or help people in need, and they will be doing all these things voluntarily,” she elaborates.
They all posed for a collection of images capturing their smiles which had been taken by world-renowned movie star portrait photographer, Andy Gotts.
Piper was completely delighted with the end result and hopes it will encourage other would-be smile spreaders, saying: “We don’t realise the true influence our smiles have on others – it’s a small gesture that may actually change somebody’s day.