We give away free real hair wigs to children that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses. In addition to this, we are thrilled to announce the exciting news that, in partnership with CCLG (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group) we awarded over £500,000 to fund research into childhood cancers in 2016. Further to this, we gave away another £106,000 to other research projects at the very start of 2017, with further grant awards given mid-year too, the research funding total now stands at a staggering £1,200,000!
The Little Princess Trust has always been determined to support as many children as it can and providing free wigs to sick children will always remain at the very heart of what we do. In line with our original objectives, we also really wanted to support the development of less aggressive and less toxic cancer treatments and so last year we were in a position to invite for the first time applications for funding from academics and organisations involved in researching the causes of paediatric cancer.
After rigorous review by our Research Advisory Group, we committed to fund eight research studies initially and then a further two, with a total combined value of over £600,000. The selected projects included studies into brain tumours, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, neuroblastoma and acute lymphomblastic leukaemia.
And this was just the beginning! Following the success of these two rounds of grants, we then launched further research funding opportunities in partnership with CCLG and we will continue to do so. So watch this space!
This incredible opportunity has only been made possible as a result of the phenomenal work that our fantastic fundraisers do. We are continually blown away by the staggering sums of money that you raise, as well as the invaluable hair donations that we receive.
Wendy, a Trustee and co-Founder of the charity said, “I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved since the charity was launched. We have given away 5,000 real hair wigs to sick children which is astonishing!
When we initially started the charity we spoke of how wonderful it would be if one day there wouldn’t be a need for an organisation of this kind. I could never have imagined that 10 years later we would be able to fund research which might one day help to achieve just that.”
Specific details of our chosen research projects can be found here.