What we do: wig provision and research

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, in partnership with CCLG (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group) we fund research into childhood cancers.  More information about our research can be found here.

In 2016, we awarded over £500,000 to fund research into childhood cancers. Further to this, we gave away another £106,000 to other research projects at the very start of 2017, with more grant awards given mid-year, too. In December 2017 we funded an additional £409,500 worth of research, and in July 2018 we invested a further £520,000 in five more projects. This brings the grand total so far to over £2,200,000 across 27 very worthy projects.

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.

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 over 6000 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.”

It is a long process to identify appropriate projects as each one is graded on its suitability.  Each application received via our partners CCLG (Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Group) is subject to an initial peer review and then it is passed to the Board of Trustees of The Little Princess Trust for further appraisal and final decision.

The charity is very grateful to all those who applied for funding, whether successful or otherwise and looks forward to being kept updated on the progress of every project that has been awarded a grant.

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