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Little Princess Trust enjoys busiest month thanks to great round of cuts
A HEREFORD charity that has helped more than 1,000 children who have lost their hair to disease has experienced its busiest ever month.
The Little Princess Trust (LPT) gave out 67 real-hair wigs in August, an incredible achievement considering 36 were given out through the whole of 2006, the year the charity launched.
Wendy Tarplee-Morris and Simon Tarplee set up the LPT after gaining inspiration from their daughter, Hannah, whom they lost to cancer when she was aged five.
Since January this year, 377 wigs have been given to boys and girls around the country, with a total of 556 since August last year.
Wendy added: “The charity has added more staff, and more people are donating hair and money to use which is brilliant.
“Most children who lose their hair now will hear about us, and we will be able to help them. Hospitals now know we are here for good and trust us more with their patients, knowing we won’t be here one minute and gone the next.”
Among those to have helped the charity recently is Alison Taylor from Hereford. The 25-year-old donated 14½ inches of hair to the charity.
Alison, a nanny by trade, said: “My hair grows so quickly and it’s one thing I would be gutted about – if I was unwell and had to go through chemotheraphy and lost my hair.
“I think it’s a huge confidence boost for the children and it’s so easy to do.”
The trust – which received the Queen’s Award for voluntary service last June – was also supported by six-year- old Eva Williams.
She took the scissors to her long locks to help the charity after they helped her big sister Mia following her cancer diagnosis in 2008. Mia, who is now nine, has been given the all clear.
The girls’ mum, Zoe, said Mia threw her arms around her little sister when she heard about the plans. Zoe, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, said: “I cried when Eva told me that she wanted to cut her hair - I’m just so proud of her, it’s such a grown up thing to do.”
Kate Chadwick also had the chop for LPT at the Toni & Guy studio in Hereford.
But the 22-year-old from Redhill still has not got used to the new haircut.
Meanwhile, Orianna-May Skyrme, from Hunderton, decided to go big with her first major cut.
The 11-year-old, who has only ever had her hair trimmed before, took the plunge by losing 14 inches for the charity.
Catherine, her mother, said: “We’re all very proud of her. I think I was more nervous than she was but she is happy with the cut, and knows it’s for a good cause.”
About the Little Princess Trust
- Provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls suffering hair loss as a result of cancer treatment and other illnesses.
- Has helped more than 1,600 children across the UK and Ireland.
- Receives no formal funding and therefore relies solely on the generosity and support of kind and enthusiastic fund-raisers in the community.
- Is grateful to receive donations of hair, in accordance with the guidelines on the website.
- Can be contacted on 08450 942169 and via littleprincesses.org.uk.
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