Burns survivor Catrin wins Woman of the Year award

Catrin Pugh

An inspirational burns survivor who was treated at Whiston Hospital, Merseyside, has won the first ever Welsh Woman of the Year award.

The accolade comes almost six years to the day that Catrin Pugh, from Rossett, Wrexham, was involved in a horrific accident in the French Alps at the age of 19.

She was travelling home after working at a ski resort when her coach crashed and burst into flames - leaving her with 96 per cent burns.

Catrin, now 25, was given a one in 1,000 chance of survival and is currently the oldest person in the world to survive such injuries.

Following the first Welsh Women’s Awards, at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff, Catrin said:

I wasn’t expecting to win it at all, but it was a pleasure. I think to have won just goes to show most of the work I do is making a difference and is being acknowledged.

Catrin Pugh

Since recovering from the accident, Catrin has become a motivational speaker, inspiring others not to be ashamed about their bodies and is heavily involved in charity work for other burns victims.

As well as becoming an ambassador for the Katie Piper Foundation and The British Association of Skin Camouflage, Catrin has also recently become the new face of Avon’s national beauty campaign Stand4Her, which focuses on the misrepresentation of beauty in media.

I didn’t want what had happened to me to be the end of my life.

Catrin Pugh