My Pledge To The Little Princess Trust

Little Princess Trust.

I made a pretty mammoth decision last month. I have decided to cut off my hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust.

My hair is currently the longest it’s ever been. I wear it wavy rather a lot and so it’s only when I can’t be bothered to do anything with it and it’s naturally straight that I realise just how long it is. It’s probably 2 or 3 inches from the bottom of my back and it occurred to me one day that I have so much when some people have none, through no fault of their own.

 

What Is the Little Princess Trust?

The Little Princess Trust give away free real hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other illnesses. In addition to this, in partnership with CCLG (Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group), they fund research into childhood cancers.

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 with having a Wilms a tumour and after a brave battle, died in 2005.

At that time, finding high-quality wigs for children was very difficult and only after a long search was a suitable company eventually found which made a wig for Hannah. After Hannah passed away, many kind people offered help, financial and practical.  Hannah’s parents decided that the most fitting way to use this help was to launch a charity dedicated to providing specialist real hair children’s wigs.  Like so many Little Princesses, Hannah loved her hair and losing it was very traumatic.

 

How Can We Donate?

It’s really quite simple. You cut your hair and you send it in and with any luck, they will put your hair with lots of other hair and make a wonderful wig for a Little Princess who needs one.

There are some rules obviously. I’ve popped over to the Little Princess Trust‘s website to detail them for you.

 

Hair we are able to use:

  • Clean, dry hair in good condition (no split ends) from any gender, and of any natural colour
  • Straight, wavy, curly, permed or chemically straightened
  • Containing the occasional grey (less than 10%)
  • Dyed, bleached/highlighted (any dyes must be of a natural colour)
  • Ponytails(s) cut a long time ago, preserved in good condition

Hair we are unable to use:

  • Hair that is less than 7”/17cm in length
  • Dyed an unnatural colour (blue, green, purple, dyed red)
  • Largely/mostly grey hair
  • Afro (the wig-maker is not a specialist manufacturer of Afro wigs. The Trust buys in these wigs separately)
  • Dreadlocks
  • Hair extensions

 

 

My Plan

So, I’ve already mentioned that my hair is pretty long. But I want to give as much as I can. So now I’m on a mission to grow it as much possible and as soon as I feel it’s at a good length, and still healthy, I will have it cut. I’m not worried about the length leaving me. Don’t get me wrong, I love my long hair, but it will grow again and I know the feeling of doing something so lovely will outweigh any concerns. And besides, I’ve had it ALL lengths over the last few years and I’m lucky in that I seem to suit all styles and colours!

So, I would say in about six months, I’ll be ready to take the plunge. It’s easy to say these things and not follow them through. But I didn’t want to do that. It’s here now in black and white so I will honour it. And of course, I will be back here with an update when the time comes!

 

If you want to know more about the Little Princess Trust and how you can help, be sure to check out their website.

 

 


Image credit: Little Princess Trust

 

 

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13 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kim Carberry
    11th May 2018 at 3:05 pm

    That is fantastic. It is such a fantastic charity. My friends daughter donated her hair a couple of months ago and we were all so proud of her. Good luck x

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      Jaki
      14th May 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you Kim! x

  2. Reply
    Chloe
    15th May 2018 at 6:34 am

    Hi, what a fantastic charity and well done for donating your hair. My hairdresser had some clients donate to their hair to this recently #triumphanttales

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    Welsh Mum Writing
    15th May 2018 at 7:47 am

    That’s an amazing thing to do. Well done you for even thinking about it. I bet you will still look amazing without the long locks (plus it’s so much easier to have it a bit shorter). #TriumphantTales

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    viewfromthebeachchair
    15th May 2018 at 1:18 pm

    This is wonderful!!! I have donated a few times to a program in the States. I have very thick curly hair that I grow just to donate! #triumphanttales

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    Patrick Weseman
    15th May 2018 at 6:38 pm

    That is so cool. i wish more people would do things like that. #TriumphantTales

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    Kate on thin ice (@kateonthinice)
    15th May 2018 at 9:31 pm

    Already knew about what they do but not enough people do and I salute you for getting involved and also in raising awareness so others will too. #TriumphantTales

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    Neil
    15th May 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Great cause! Good luck with seeing the challenge through! #TriumphantTales

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    Hampshiremama
    16th May 2018 at 10:10 am

    That’s such a nice thing to do and for a great cause!
    My hairs too short to do this at the moment but might grow it out and donate!
    #triumphanttales

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    thewillowtree1
    16th May 2018 at 10:32 am

    This is fantastic and what a lovely gesture! We went to do this with my daughters hair but it was just shy of the right amount they would accept! #Triumphanttales

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    aliduke79hotmailcom
    19th May 2018 at 5:23 pm

    What a wonderful thing to do. This is such a great cause, I can imagine the smile of the child that gets your beautiful hair x
    #TriumphantTales

  11. Reply
    Jo - Pickle & Poppet
    20th May 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Such a lovely thing to do! I looked into when I had my hair chopped off once before but it wasn’t long enough and I needed to have it cut off as my pregnancy wasn’t being kind to my hair. Good luck! #TriumphantTales

  12. Reply
    The Queen of Collage
    21st May 2018 at 10:43 am

    What a wonderful way in which to help others #TriumphantTales

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