The renowned children's hair loss
charity, the Little Princess Trust
, will be hosting its National Princess Week from the 22nd-28th April 2018.
The organisation is encouraging its supporters to throw 'Tea and Tiaras' fundraising events and 'drink tea for LPT'. The Belgravia Centre is joining in and on Friday 27th April, both clinics
will be hosting bake sales.
Clients are more than welcome to join in the fun - tiaras are optional, but very much approved.
The Little Princess Trust was launched in 2006 by the parents and school-friends of five-year-old Hannah Tarplee, who sadly passed away from a Wilms tumour.
It provides real hair wigs to children aged 2 to 18 experiencing hairloss, free of charge. It now comprises of two divisions: the Little Princess Trust
for girls, and Hero by LPT
for boys, the latter established in 2017.
Over the past 10 years, it has donated more than 5,000 hairpieces. Celebrities who have donated to the charity include Harry Styles
, Jessie J and Malin Andersson. Belgravia staff and clients have also donated hair
The majority of the children who use its services are receiving cancer treatment, or experiencing Alopecia Areata
- an autoimmune disorder which manifests as patchy hair loss on the scalp - or its two more severe phenotypes, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis.
These cause total baldness of the head and from head to toe, respectively.
National Princess Week looks to raise both funds and awareness of what the organisation does. According to charity manager Monica Glass, the money raised at each Tea and Tiaras party "will go towards funding more wigs for children and young adults or towards research into paediatric cancers".
This event follows other bold fundraising initiatives supported or led by the charity, none more striking than the Pink Car Rally
, where a procession of pink cars make their way across the country, while raising money for Little Princess Trust
Children's hair loss and charity
Unfortunately for children, hair loss treatments
are generally only suitable for people aged 16 and over. Consequently, the process can often be more difficult to deal with, and many children can feel alienated at school, with some even bullied
because of their looks.
This is why the work undertaken by charities like the Little Princess Trust is so pivotal in improving the lives of children across the UK who experience hair loss.
Echoing this sentiment, Glass explained how "the wigs we give away can transform the life of a sick child and we think that the 'Tea & Tiaras' tea party is a fantastic way for kind people to show their support".
It must be noted that all hair donations need to meet a number of criteria
first, namely that they need to be a minimum of seven inches in length. However, more information can be found on the charity's website
. Furthermore, cash donations are very important. Hairpieces typically cost £350 to manufacture, but every little helps, and fundraising efforts - like Tea and Tiaras - can help to change a child's life for the better.