The Little Princess Trust was established in 2006 by the parents of Hannah Tarplee, their friends and Hereford Cathedral Junior School.
In 2004 Hannah was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour. Hannah loved her hair and losing it was very traumatic for her. Her parents, Wendy and Simon, searched high and low to find a wig suitable for Hannah, during her treatment. When they found one, it had a hugely positive effect on Hannah.
Tragically, Hannah passed away in 2005 and with so many kind offers of financial and practical help, Wendy and Simon felt the most fitting tribute would be to launch a charity dedicated to providing real hair wigs for children and young people.
Since then, they have provided thousands of real hair wigs to sick children and young people, aged up to 24 years across the UK and Ireland. They are now in the early stages of offering our service in other areas of Europe and beyond.
In 2016, thanks to the huge efforts of their fantastic fundraisers and corporate supporters, they were able to start funding pioneering academics and institutions leading the way in researching new and better treatments for all paediatric cancers. An area where there is so much work which desperately needs investment. They have so far awarded circa £5 million pounds into life-saving research projects.
They are striving to improve patient outcomes through access to new treatments through clinical trials as well as improving existing treatments. They are working incredibly hard to identify innovative and impactful ways to improve survival and reduce the effects of treatment. Their mission is to invest in the right areas to fill some of these funding gaps.
Their generous volunteers and fundraisers work incredibly hard to ensure they can continue to help even more children and young people.