06:00 Saturday 31 May 2014

Teacher's mission to raise funds for charity close to her heart

Written byJORDAN DAY

Tracey Summers, a teacher at Soham Village College, suffered third degree burns in an horrific accident when she was 11-years-old. Tracey Summers, a teacher at Soham Village College, suffered third degree burns in an horrific accident when she was 11-years-old.

A school teacher who suffered horrific burns in an accident as a child is going out of her way to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Tracey Summers, a teacher at Soham Village College, was just 11-years-old when she sustained third degree burns after she caught fire in a kitchen.

Tracey, 50, is a volunteer for the Katie Piper Foundation - a charity dedicated to improving rehabilitation for burns survivors - and this summer she is putting her best foot forward to raise as much as she can for the organisation.

The mum-of-two, who lives in Witchford, recently climbed 3,560ft to the top of Snowdon - the highest mountain in Wales.

In July she is taking on an eight-day trek up Mount Toubkal in Marrakech - and as if that isn’t enough, she is also taking part in the Tunnel to Towers 5k run in London.

Tracey, who teaches vocational studies at the college, said: “This charity is very close to my heart as I caught fire in a kitchen accident when I was a child, sustaining third degree burns mainly to my arms and trunk.

“I was wearing a nylon garment which accidentally touched the electric ring on an oven and before I knew it I was up in flames.

“When I had my accident there wasn’t much support available so I know that if the Katie Piper Foundation had been around then it would have benefited both me and my family so much.”

Tracey said: “I’ve never done anything like this before so to say it is going to be a challenge is a bit of an understatement.

“I will be doing an eight-day trek up Mount Toubkal in Marrakech in July but to get fit I’ve climbed Snowdon, have been doing long walks for my training plus will be taking part in the Tunnel to Towers 5k run.

“I am now a volunteer for the foundation and feel so privileged to see first-hand what a huge difference their support makes to burn survivors.

“The Katie Piper Foundation supports people in a variety of ways, including workshops, social events, and treatments.

“This magnificent work is so important so please support my fundraising - however small, your donation will help make a difference.”

The charity was founded by Katie Piper, a philanthropist, television presenter and former model from Hampshire who had sulphuric acid thrown in her face in 2008.

The attack, which blinded her in one eye, was arranged by her ex-boyfriend and carried out by an accomplice. Both men were arrested and are serving life sentences in prison for their crimes.

Tracey hopes to raise at least £1,000 for the foundation.

To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving.com/Tracey-Summers1. For information about the charity, visit www.katiepiperfoundation.org.uk.

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