Katie Piper treats local body confident breast cancer survivor to afternoon tea
PUBLISHED: 09:08 25 October 2018 | UPDATED: 20:42 25 October 2018
Two inspirational women from Oulton Broad spent an afternoon with Katie Piper after wowing the TV star with their incredible survival stories.
Hayley Coleman, 35, caught Ms Piper’s attention with a defiant tribute to her breast cancer scars on an Instagram post by the star.
The competition asked entrants to share things that made them feel confident for the chance to win an afternoon with the star.
Mrs Coleman, who survived 18 months of gruelling cancer treatment, used the competition to reflect on how recovery helped her cultivate confidence.
She wrote: “My beautiful scars following treatment for breast cancer. I’m not ashamed of them and when I look in the mirror and see them it lifts my spirits and confidence knowing what I have achieved and that I am still here.”
The comment resonated with Ms Piper, who became an advocate for body positivity following an acid attack which left her with major facial scars.
When she was announced as the winner, Mrs Coleman said she thought she was being hoaxed.
She added: “I was so happy I was dancing round the kitchen. What I wrote came from the heart. I didn’t think I would win but I wanted to write the post to help other people look at their scars and think ‘yes, they are beautiful’.”
On Thursday, October 18, Ms Piper hosted Mrs Coleman and best friend Petra Tucker for afternoon tea at the illustrious Devonshire Club in London.
The delighted competition winner said they spoke about everything from Strictly Come Dancing to their goals for the future and was overwhelmed by the TV star’s down to earth attitude.
After her diagnosis Mrs Coleman had 6 months of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, followed by radiotherapy and extensive hormone treatment.
She said: “At the beginning of my treatment my confidence was knocked and my whole identity was stripped away.
“I joined a group for women going through cancer and just by talking it made me feel stronger. I feel as if I’ve regained my identity. Yes its changed me but I believe its for the better. “
Ms Piper praised the friends’ courage, describing them as “the definition of beautiful, strong women.”
She added that she could not have hoped to meet more inspirational women.