The Friday Round-Up

LPT Towers has been buzzing this week! The team was still on a high after our wonderful event at Shrek’s Adventure! London on Saturday.

TOWIE’S Mario Falcone crowned the winner from the five finalists of the Little Princess Trust’s #RealLifeRapunzel competition.

The finalist with the longest hair donation was Susan Manning from Southwold, Suffolk, who donated a whopping 30 inches!

Susan Manning, winner, donated 30 inches of hair.

Runners-up included Joy Tao from London, Roisin McGrath from Pontyclun, Wales, Sara El Gebali, from Cambridge and Fern Cartlidge from Cheshire.

Joy Tao, finalist, braves the chop!




Sara El Gabali, finalist, gets ready to donate those gorgeous curls.
Rosin McGrath from Pontyclun, needs the industrial size scissors!
Fern Cartlidge is still smiling, after a haircut from Mario!

The hair donors and their guests enjoyed a magical day at Shrek’s Adventure! London; starting with a slap-up brekkie courtesy of the wonderful team from Starbucks UK, the finalists were treated to a VIP tour of the venue before having their hair cut and styled by staff and students from South Thames College Hair Salon. Each finalist was also given a superb goodie-bag supplied by Sally’s Salon Services.

Mario was on hand to help with the haircuts and to announce the overall winner of the #RealLifeRapunzel competition. Mario kindly donated his own hair to the Little Princess Trust in March.

Shrek’s Adventure! London also hosted a mass hair donation event during Saturday afternoon, with members of the public donating their hair to the Trust, whilst enjoying an array of fun activities.

Hair specifically from the #RealLifeRapunzel competition will be used to make much-needed, very long wigs.

Monica Glass, Charity Manager said ‘Saturday was an incredible day for the Trust. We were overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of everyone who came to donate their hair and also those people who came along to support friends and family on the day. The event would not have been possible without the involvement of the LPT staff and the teams from Shrek’s Adventure! London, Starbucks UK, the volunteers from South Thames College Hair Salon, Sally’s Salon Services and of course, our amazing supporters and donors!’

We also heard from two of our amazing marathon runners this week, who assured us they were well-recovered following the Virgin London Marathon on the 23rd March.

Tony Champken of Wye Valley Runners, told us ‘I had a fantastic time. Everything went to plan; I came in under 4hrs – just what I trained for. My time was 3hrs 54 minutes and 55seconds.  Amazing to think I can still run that fast at 61!’

Following this brilliant performance, Tony went on to break his 5k record at Hereford Park Run – what a legend!
Emily Davies, also from Wye Valley Runners, put in a sterling performance, too. She told us: ‘the atmosphere was fantastic, so much support which really helped you get through. My knee played up a bit and by mile 24 my calves felt like lead but I was delighted to finish in 3:56:41,  exhausted but thrilled with the achievement’.
We are so proud of everyone who has represented Little Princess Trust in marathons and half-marathons this season and we look forward to hearing about our supporters’ future achievements.
Have a wonderful weekend, folks!