We are privileged to enjoy the support of so many kind and enthusiastic people across the UK, Ireland and from around the globe.
Here are some who assist the Trust through their raised profile.
Joanna Rowsell-Shand MBE
Olympic Gold Cyclist
Joanna Rowsell-Shand has retired from cycling as part of the Great Britain Cycling Team. She competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics where she won GOLD in the Women’s Team Pursuit on both occasions. She is currently the Olympic and European Champion in the team pursuit and the reigning Common Wealth Champion in the individual pursuit.
Joanna has suffered with alopecia since she was 10 years old. She has spoken openly about the condition in a number of interviews. She is an inspiration to others and a wonderful role-model.
Professional ballet dancer with the English National Ballet
Jennie has helped raise awareness and much needed funds along with her friends and colleagues at the English National Ballet.
As a professional ballet dancer with one of the world’s most famous ballet companies, Jennie has appeared in many well known productions and performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues.
The Trust has a special affinity with ballet because of our close relationship with the Hereford Academy of Dance and because of Hannah Tarplee, in whose memory the charity was founded, as she was a keen fledgling ballet dancer, appearing in a show at the Hereford Courtyard Theatre.
Former SAS Sergeant, now TV presenter & author
Chris Ryan is a former member of Hereford’s famous 22nd SAS regiment. Chris is well known for his miraculous solo escape as part of the Bravo Two Zero patrol traveling 200 miles from Iraq to Syria on foot, with no food and little water. He has been described as one of the toughest men on earth!
Since leaving the regiment, Chris has written several best-selling novels and is a regular face on British TV hosting programmes such as Sky’s How Not To Die, as well as consulting for programme-makers and computer game-makers alike.
Journalist and broadcaster
Quentin is a well known face in journalism as the Daily Mail’s political sketchwriter. Quentin is also a regular guest on various TV current affairs and politics shows.
Quentin has written for a number of British newspapers since beginning his journalistic career in 1987. He was the person behind the Daily Mail’s Clement Crabbe column and is also their theatre critic.
Richard is one of Britain’s best known Champion jockeys. He became Champion Conditional Jockey in 1995 aged just 18 years old.
He has had great success at the Cheltenham Festival, winning in 1999 on Anzum, and won the Gold Cup with Looks Like Trouble in 2000. He then went on to win with Flagship Uberalles in 2002 in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. More recently he came a close second in 2014’s Grand National with Balthazar King.
Richard was born in Hereford, home to the Little Princess Trust.
International rugby referee
Chris was one of the most respected rugby referees throughout the world, refereeing at three rugby World Cups, including taking charge of the semi-final between New Zealand and Australia in 2003.
England’s success in reaching the rugby World Cup final in 2007 prevented him achieving his ultimate goal of refereeing the final itself. In all, Chris refereed 50 major internationals, along with several Heineken Cup finals, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire.
Chris stepped down from refereeing at international level to take up his role as National Referee Academy Manager, leading the development of the next generation of top English referees.
TV presenter and antiques expert
Kate Bliss regularly appears as an antiques expert on BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Flog It! and is a presenter on BBC’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is. Encountering antiques from an early age whilst helping in her father’s saleroom in Herefordshire, Kate decided to read English Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford before studying Fine Art.
As a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, she became the youngest shareholder and auctioneer at a local leading auction house. After gaining over seven years experience on the rostrum, Kate specialised in jewellery and silver and became a fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain.
Kate currently combines regular television appearances with running her own fine art valuation business. Kate is delighted also to be assisting Hanson’s as a jewellery and silver consultant.