Acid attack model "inspiration" to Shoebury man with learning disabilities

Echo: Burns victim Stephen Everett with Katie Piper and his friends Lynsey McHugh and Bethan Jones Burns victim Stephen Everett with Katie Piper and his friends Lynsey McHugh and Bethan Jones

ACID attack victim Katie Piper is helping a young man from Shoebury who suffered horrific burns get his life back on track.

Stephen Everett, 21, is currently recovering at Kenway Court Care Home, Southend after he suffered 60 per cent burns following an accident at his home in West Road in April.

Former model Katie, 29, who campaigns to raise awareness of the plight of burns victims, spent time chatting with Stephen after paying him a visit.

Stephen's dad Keith, 50, said: “She has given the whole family inspiration for our battle with Stephen’s recovery and she is looking forward to meeting him again soon.

“She has a very positive nature. She spoke about times when she was not feeling too great.

“She’s got a very positive attitude and said to keep smiling.”

The celebrity, whose ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch arranged for another man, Stefan Sylvestre, to throw sulphuric acid in her face, burning her, in 2008, has told Keith she hopes to see him again before Christmas.

Friends and family, including Lynsey McHugh, Bethan Jones, Lizzie Ince, Sammie Tower and Danielle Moore, have been busy rallying around giving Stephen the support he needs.

Stephen spent almost seven weeks on life support in Broomfield Hospital, London, before being moved to Southend Hospital.

He arrived at Kenway in mid-August.

Popular Stephen, who only started walking again after four months, was at death’s door in Broomfield after a chest infection rose his temperature to 42C.

He also suffers from Worster-drought Syndrome, which stops parts of his body receiving signals from his brain and means he can’t speak properly.

Regulars and staff at Porters Bar, Westborough Road, where Stephen and dad Keith enjoy a drink, have even raised money for his rehabilitation and pal Jason Woodman has organised a fundraiser at Bar Lambs, Westcliff, for this Saturday, which Stephen will attend.

Keith, who put his job at window firm Climatec in the Temple Farm Industrial Estate on hold to visit his son in London, said: “He has had tremendous support from family and friends.

“He is a very popular young man around this area. You can’t walk down the street without someone saying ‘Hello Stephen’.”

Windermere Road Supporters Club has also given £1,000 towards Stephen’s rehabilitation and donated £500 to Broomfield’s burns unit.

Entrance to the night at Bar Lambs, which will feature rockers The Dropper’s Neck and AC/DC tribute band Pure DC, costs £8.

Keith added: “Stephen will like seeing his old friends and faces. He thrives on meeting people. That’s how he gets his buzz.”

Money raised will be used to fund surgery, physiotherapy and possibly a holiday for Stephen.

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9:23am Thu 8 Nov 12

alimac69 says...

Katie Piper is an inspirational lady.
Katie Piper is an inspirational lady. alimac69
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10:21am Thu 8 Nov 12

Keith Everett says...

Broomfield Hospital is in Chelmsford!
Broomfield Hospital is in Chelmsford! Keith Everett
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10:24am Thu 8 Nov 12

perini says...

Keith Everett wrote:
Broomfield Hospital is in Chelmsford!
Keith,
To the Echo, with it's vast geographical knowlege, Chelmsford is London!!
[quote][p][bold]Keith Everett[/bold] wrote: Broomfield Hospital is in Chelmsford![/p][/quote]Keith, To the Echo, with it's vast geographical knowlege, Chelmsford is London!! perini
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7:03pm Sat 10 Nov 12

daddydunker says...

There were loads more people then those who were named above who have helped Stevie after the incident who should have been named.

If you cant name them all then maybe those names above shouldnt have been picked. Just because some of us dont have cars and work near the hospital that is no reason to single us out.
There were loads more people then those who were named above who have helped Stevie after the incident who should have been named. If you cant name them all then maybe those names above shouldnt have been picked. Just because some of us dont have cars and work near the hospital that is no reason to single us out. daddydunker
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