Courageous acid-attack survivor Katie Piper, right, will host the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards, which honour the nation’s lifesavers, in a glittering ceremony at the Hilton London Bankside on September 28.
Nominations were opened earlier this year and the charity has received hundreds of letters and emails telling of astonishing acts of bravery, often in the most difficult of circumstances.
One of the categories is the Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year, voted for by Mail on Sunday readers.
Television presenter Katie, 33, who has a daughter Belle, three, and has just announced she is expecting her second child, said: ‘We’re all guilty, myself included, of thinking someone will know what to do in a first-aid situation but we’ve all got to take responsibility. It can be the difference between life and death.’
Model-turned-campaigner Katie was disfigured in a savage attack instigated by her vengeful ex-partner Daniel Lynch in 2008.
In her 2011 book, entitled Beautiful, about her nightmare ordeal, she reveals how she performed first aid on herself in the horrific moments immediately after she had been attacked. Desperate to rinse her face, she staggered into a local cafe and, unable to find a sink, she plunged her face into a toilet.
Instinctively she had done the right thing, as first-aid advice for acid burns is to wash the affected area continuously with cool water. Katie added: ‘Fear can take over but with training, you can feel confident.’
Any proud parents tempted to reel off their