First appearance as a presenter on Songs Of Praise: Katie Piper Bio, Wiki, Age
Katie Piper has made her first appearance as a presenter on Songs Of Praise where she spoke to a farmer whose wife took her own life after a battle with mental health.
The TV personality, 36, spoke to semi-retired farmer David Brooke, who ran a farm for more than 25 years in Carmarthenshire, Wales, before his wife Cathy died in 2015.
Katie revealed how she felt a ‘sense of healing through God’ as she learned about the scheme that David volunteers with which helps to support farmers during difficulty.
The mother-of-two was seen walking through a farm in wellies when she learned of the importance of the farmer helpline on the show that aired on Sunday.
Katie said: ‘At this time of year, pressure for a good harvest for some farmers can make or break them.
“And when they fear they won’t be able to get through, that’s when they need someone to turn to.”
The philanthropist spoke to the Venerable Eileen Davis, who initiated the Tir Dewi plan in West Wales to help farmers “weather times of crisis.”
Welcoming Katie to the church, she explained, “Agriculture today is one of the industries that sadly sees the highest number of suicides due to rural isolation.”
Later, Katie reunited with David, whom she described as “knows the pressures too well” of running a farm and a large family.
Speaking to Katie, the father of four said: “Cath was not very happy and my job was very demanding. We had been a little short of money and it had been quite difficult to raise a large family ”.
“Men are very reluctant to talk about their feelings and farmers are not very good at communicating either.”
Earlier this month, Katie told the BBC that she was “excited to join the Songs Of Praise team.”
Songs of Praise producer Matthew Napier said: “When we first filmed with Katie, we heard her eloquently express her faith and the important role she played in a difficult time in her life.”
Katie is the mother of daughter Belle, six, and Penelope, two, whom she shares with husband Richard Sutton after the couple married in 2015.
She suffered life-altering burns after Stefan Sylvestre doused her with sulfuric acid in a horrific acid attack in 2008, which was orchestrated by her jealous ex-boyfriend David Lynch.
She suffered significant damage to her face, including her eye, which forced her to undergo a skin graft last month to have her eyelid replaced after struggling to open it.