, a charity supported by The Belgravia Centre, has had its efforts officially recognised by the Queen. The charitable efforts of the group have earned them the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service the equivalent of an MBE for groups. Awarded annually, the Queen’s Award is the highest accolade presented to community groups in the UK.
The Little Princess Trust was set up and named in honour of Hannah Tarplee, a five year old girl who died following a protracted battle against cancer in 2005. Tarplee’s parents went on to found the charity, which provides wigs for other boys and girls who have experienced hair loss as a side effect of the treatments they receive for cancer.
The Queen’s Award, which was announced over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, caps what has been a milestone year for the Little Princess Trust. The trust has also recently celebrated donating their 1000th wig to a deserving youngster, and since its creation in 2006, the charity has generated thousands of pounds in donations from well wishers and corporate sponsors.
Speaking of the success, charity co-founder Wendy Tarplee-Morris said, “I feel so proud to be part of this charity and I am so proud of all our volunteers.”
Although originally set up to assist children receiving radiotherapy or chemotherapy, The Little Princess Trust now helps youngsters with hair loss, regardless of the underlying cause - meaning that children experiencing hair loss as a result of autoimmune disorders like Alopecia Areata are also able to apply for wigs.
The Little Princess Trust prides itself on not just sourcing and distributing wigs, but ensuring that wigs are tailored to the specific needs of the child to give the most realistic look and feel possible.
Summing up her reaction to the award, Wendy Tarplee-Morris said, “We could never have imagined how many children we would end up being able to help and how well it would be supported. I only wish Hannah was here to see this award to the trust set up in her memory.”
If you would like to know more about The Little Princess Trust, or would like to make a donation towards their efforts, visit their website.
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