The Little Princess Trust was launched in 2006 by the parents of Hannah Tarplee, along with help from friends and from Hannah’s school, Hereford Cathedral Junior School.
Hannah was the original Little Princess. Sadly she was diagnosed as having a Wilms tumour and after a brave battle, eventually died in June 2005.
After Hannah died, so many kind people offered help, financial and practical. Hannah’s parents, Wendy and Simon decided that the most fitting way to use this help was to launch a charity dedicated to providing specialist children’s wigs. Like so many Little Princesses, Hannah loved her hair and losing it was very traumatic.
At that time, finding high quality wigs for children was very difficult and only after a long search was a suitable company found which eventually made a wig for Hannah. She very much enjoyed wearing her wig, particularly on special occasions. This company is now one of the Little Princess Trust’s many suppliers.
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, the Little Princess Trust 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, they were able to start funding pioneering academics and institutions leading the way in researching new and better treatments for all paediatric cancers. They have so far awarded circa £5 million pounds into life-saving research projects.
You can find out more about The Little Princess Trust here.