A Drastic Change for a Good Cause

I’ve always been fortunate to have hair in good condition, thick in nature and fairly easy to manage. I usually only have my hair cut every 12-18 months (sometimes even longer) as I really can’t stand going to the hairdresser, so I didn’t find it too difficult growing my hair for my wedding in June this year. I’d had my heart set on a fabulous plaited ‘updo’, but needed a fair amount of length in order to achieve this. Once the wedding was out of the way, I decided to go back to a shorter hairstyle, which was easier to manage. Unfortunately I had to undergo knee surgery in July and, as a result, everything else fell by the wayside.

When I heard from a colleague about The Little Princess Trust, I was delighted - what a great way of being able to get rid of my locks, but have someone really benefit it from it. The thought of a child or young adult with cancer making use of my hair, which otherwise would have ended up in a bin, made me re-think the fear, and gave me the incentive I needed for a more drastic chop!

I took the plunge and booked my hair appointment. For anyone who knows me, I get quite anxious about going to the hairdressers. I guess it’s a comfort blanket. Everyone knows you for you and how you look, so to drastically change that look – would I like it? Would others like it? Would I feel I had made a mistake? All of these things were going through my mind.

                                  

Fortunately the day of the appointment had been an extremely busy day at work, so I didn’t really have chance to think about it. The next thing I knew I was sitting in the chair, my hairdresser had sectioned my long locks into four and they had been snipped off. All of a sudden my hair was in front of me! I asked if I’d had the required limit of 7” taken off and I was pleasantly surprised when they told me it was in fact 16”. This meant I fitted into the ‘long hair’ classification, which The Little Princess Trust state is their greatest requirement. I’m really pleased I had my hair cut as I love my new look!

  

If you wish to donate your own hair, here is a checklist:

  • Hair in excellent condition (no split ends)

  • Natural colour – can be dyed as long as natural colours and not blue, pink etc

  • Length from 7”

  • Clean, dry hair from any gender

  • Straight, wavy or chemically straightened

Who do The Little Princess Trust provide wigs for?

The Little Princess Trust is a children’s charity, which provides real hair wigs to children and young adults (up to 24 years), who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions, for the duration of their treatment. They can also provide throughout the UK and Ireland a single wig to children and young adults, who have other conditions which result in hair loss, such as alopecia. Although this is different to their support for children with cancer, they hope this one-off gesture will help families decide on their long-term plans for dealing with the condition.

The Little Princess Trust’s Journey

The Little Princess Trust was established in 2006 by the parents of Hannah Tarplee, their friends and Hereford Cathedral Junior School.

Hannah was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour in 2004, which resulted in her losing her hair which was a very traumatic experience for her. Hannah’s parents struggled to find a suitable wig during her treatment, but once they found one it had a very positive effect on Hannah.

Tragically, Hannah passed away in 2005. Her parents, Wendy and Simon, with the practical and financial help of others, decided to launch a charity dedicated to providing wigs for young adults suffering with cancer and other illnesses across the UK and Ireland.

The Little Princess Trust is beginning to offer their services in other European countries and, with the help and support of corporate fundraisers and sponsors, is now funding academies and institutions, who are working on new treatments for paediatric cancers. This fantastic charity has already contributed approximately £5 million to lifesaving research projects.

For more information about the great work that The Little Princess Trust do, visit their website here.