Acid Attack Victim in Christmas Day Broadcast

Model maimed by W12 pair will give alternative Christmas message

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A woman who was raped and had acid thrown in her face by two men from Shepherd's Bush is to deliver this year's alternative Christmas message on Channel 4.

Former model and TV presenter Katie Piper will deliver a message of "hope and optimism" in Channel 4's traditional alternative to the Queen's Christmas Day broadcast.

Piper, who has had to undergo more than 30 operations and has been left with life-long injuries as a result of the attack, appeared in a Cutting Edge documentary in October about her ordeal.

"This year, acid attack survivor Katie Piper will deliver Channel 4's traditional alternative to the Queen's Christmas Day broadcast," a Channel 4 spokesperson said.

"Following the remarkable Cutting Edge documentary which followed Katie's story from beautiful, budding TV presenter to the horror of a vicious acid attack by her ex-boyfriend, the message will join Katie at home with her parents as she considers the extraordinary response to 'Katie: My Beautiful Face'.

"Reflecting on her progress over the last 12 months, her message will be one of hope and optimism. With key themes including the importance of family and of accepting those who look different, the message will see a contemplative and more confident Katie, with big plans for the new year ahead."

Piper was raped by 33-year-old Daniel Lynch of Becklow Gardens, Shepherd's Bush and then attacked with acid by accomplice 20-year-old Stefan Sylvestre of Chaplain House, Australia Rd, Shepherd's Bush in March 2008. Both men are now in jail.

The alternative Christmas message has been delivered in the past by celebrities such as Jamie Oliver, Sharon Osbourne, Brigitte Bardot and Ali G. Last year, the controversial Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was invited onto the slot.

This year's alternative Christmas message will be screened on Channel 4 at 3pm and will be repeated at 8.50pm. The Cutting Edge documentary 'Katie: My Beautiful Face' will be broadcast just before, at 7.45pm.

14 December 2009