Information for parents/guardians

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We supply free, real hair wigs to children and young people from 2 years old up to 24.

As a parent, being told your child has cancer is devastating. What you tell your child is a personal decision and will obviously depend on their age and circumstances.

Whatever you decide to tell your child about their condition, hair loss, which is a side effect of most paediatric cancer treatments, is an unavoidable truth.

A common question is how quickly will my child lose their hair? The answer to this depends largely on the treatment being prescribed. Your oncologist will be able to advise on this matter, but typically hair loss starts within three-six weeks following the first chemotherapy treatment. Hair loss will then be gradual over time, and often not all the hair will be lost.

The Little Princess Trust is aware of these timescales and strives to have the wig supplied before the original hair is lost, although this cannot always be guaranteed.

We work closely with a large team of independent, professional wig suppliers across the UK and Ireland. We will always try to put you in contact with a supplier as local as possible.

The Little Princess Trust is a children’s cancer charity and our mission is to supply real hair wigs free of charge to children with cancer, for the duration of their treatment.  However, in addition we assist children with other conditions which also result in hair loss, the most common being alopecia.  Our commitment to these children is different.  Despite being set up to help children with cancer, the Trust is able to supply young people that have a diagnosis other than cancer, with a single wig.  Whilst we are unable to commit to supplying more than one wig, we hope that this gesture will help the child and family whilst they decide on their long-term plans for dealing with the condition.  Our policy on supplying free wigs to children with a non-cancer diagnosis can be found here.

What happens next?

Whether you have made contact with us yourself, or whether your child’s treatment centre has made the initial contact, the process from now is the same.

We will give you the details of the appointed salon, which will be as local to you as possible, that will supply and fit the real hair wig, free of charge.  You can then contact them to arrange an appointment convenient with you to visit.  If it is not possible for your child to visit the salon, sometimes ward or home visits can be arranged.

Initial contact will be made by the Trust with the salon/wig supplier so that they are expecting your call.  Between you and the supplier, you will arrange the most suitable appointment time in order to choose the best wig available in terms of size, colour and feel.

A return visit will be arranged to fit and style the wig and instruction will be given to you on the best way to care for it.  You will not be expected to contribute anything towards the cost of the wig nor the fitting/styling.  An invoice will be sent by the supplier directly to the charity for us to settle.

The Little Princess Trust works with a vast number of independent wig suppliers and salons that are skilled in working in these very sensitive situations.

Hero by LPT – we are aware that some children may not be comfortable receiving a wig from a charity called Little Princess Trust, whose strong presence is coloured pink and purple.  Therefore, aimed at boys and young men and at any child who would prefer an alternative, we have launched Hero by LPT.  It is part of The Little Princess Trust and offers exactly the same service of free wigs to sick children.