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The Little Princess Trust: Hair and Hope
For some, an extra boost of hair can be lifechanging. In the UK alone, 1,800 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. Managing the destructive effects of these illnesses while enduring the harrowing ordeals of chemo- and radiotherapy is often unbearable for children, young people, and their families. Aggressive cancer treatments, while often lifesaving, have the devastating side-effect of hair loss. The Little Princess Trust gives Hair and Hope to children and young people, providing around 2,000 real hair wigs every year to those who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or due to other conditions such as Alopecia. While restoring confidence and identity to young people nationwide, they also work to fund vital research into childhood cancers.
The Little Princess Trust was established in 2006 in memory of Hannah Tarplee. In 2004 Hannah was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour. Losing her hair was especially traumatic, Hannah experienced a loss of confidence and identity. Tragically, Hannah passed away in 2005. Her parents felt the most fitting tribute to the five-year-old would be a charity dedicated to providing wigs to children who had lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other conditions. To this day the charity has provided wigs to more than 11,000 young people of all genders.
The charity is also now one of the most significant charity funders of childhood cancer research in the UK and has committed more than £16 million to projects focused on finding kinder and more effective treatments for childhood cancers.
How Can I Help?
How can you help? This generous charity can only provide its free service thanks to the selfless efforts of its supporters, many of whom not only donate their hair but also fundraise to help the charity achieve its aims. The Little Princess Trust encourages supporters to donate hair measuring at least 12 inches in length. Hair must be dry and in a good condition when cut to ensure it can be used in a wig.
Just look at the gorgeous Saanchi. 9-year-old Saanchi grew her beautiful hair out for a total of 2 and a half years to donate it to the trust. She got inspiration from her friends who also donated hair in the past in the memory of their friend who lost her life due to cancer. This is her second donation, and she has since decided that she is going to #LetItGrow again! Go Saanchi!
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