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Milestone marked as 15,000th wig is provided

Milestone marked as 15,000th wig is provided

Supporters praised for allowing LPT to help so many young people

The Little Princess Trust has thanked its incredible supporters after providing its 15,000th wig.

Real hair wigs have been given to children, free of charge, since 2005 when our charity was started in memory of Hannah Tarplee.

Awareness of The Little Princess Trust’s free wig provision service has grown – and we are now providing around 2,000 wigs every year.

However, our wigs can only be made, styled, and fitted thanks to the phenomenal efforts of our incredible supporters.

This milestone moment has been made possible by the generosity of so many kind and selfless people

Wendy Tarplee-Morris, the mother of Hannah Tarplee who helped found The Little Princess Trust, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who donates their precious locks to us – and to those who also fundraise to help towards the cost of making our beautiful wigs.

“As a charity with no specialist fundraisers, we are constantly amazed by the support we receive from the public.

“This milestone moment has been made possible by the generosity of so many kind and selfless people – thank you all for playing your part.”

Holly Rivers is one of the people who knots wigs for The Little Princess Trust.

Each Little Princess Trust wig is hand-knotted in a process that can take up to 60 hours.

The average cost of making a wig is £550 while the additional fitting and styling costs mean the average sum of providing one wig is £700.

The wigs are available to anyone in the UK and Ireland up to the age of 24 who has lost their hair through cancer treatment or to other conditions.

And recently links have been made with salons in Sweden, Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia and Portugal to extend our wig provision service overseas.

LPT ambassador Kiya Kanani, pictured with our Specialist Wig Fitter Liz Pullar, is one of those to have received a wig from The Little Princess Trust.

Phil Brace, Chief Executive of The Little Princess Trust, said: “From speaking to our incredible wig recipients and their families, we know just how much a wig can help to restore the confidence and identity of someone when there is so much disruption in their lives.

Marking this milestone brings about mixed emotions as we know every single one of those 15,000 young people will have experienced hair loss and the many challenges associated with this.

“But we as a charity we feel very privileged to have been able to help these incredible young people who inspire us every day – and we would like to thank every single supporter who ensures we can do this.”

As well as providing wigs, The Little Princess Trust is also one of the largest charity funders of childhood cancer research in the UK. 

To help LPT continue to provide Hair and Hope to children and young people with cancer, order your very own free fundraising pack today.

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The MBE for voluntary groups was awarded to The Little Princess Trust by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.