A British charity that provides real hair wigs for boys and young men whose hair loss
has been caused by alopecia areata or cancer treatment is set to receive at least a £500 boost in a nationwide charity appeal.
Hero by LPT
was established earlier this year by the well-regarded Little Princess Trust charity which has already been offering real hair wigs to girls and boys for over a decade. Hero is targeted at young men and boys under 24 who are struggling to come to terms with hair loss caused by cancer treatment
or other medical conditions.
Hair loss is hard to bear
Chemotherapy drugs regularly lead to pronounced shedding and, while hair can completely grow back within 12 months from the last chemo session, many people find the interim period extremely hard to bear. Radiotherapy
treatment can also cause localised baldness which may be permanent. Likewise, those with the autoimmune disorder alopecia areata
or its more severe related conditions often find it difficult to face the world
with less hair than they have been used to. In some cases, they would relish the freedom that a wig would bring.
Hero by LPT is one of more than 200 charities that have been nominated by Starbucks and its customers around Great Britain as part of a ‘Cheer For Good’ campaign being hosted on the neighbourly.com website. The charity automatically qualifies for a £500 grant, and if its supporters are amongst the loudest “cheerers” on Neighbourly and Twitter then they have a chance of seeing that amount quadrupled to £2,000.
In extreme cases of alopecia areata, wigs are the only alternative to embracing the hair-free look, because treatment for the conditions Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis
rarely leads to successful, sustained regrowth. Both of these diseases cause total hair loss on the head, with the latter adding complete baldness over the whole body as well. Whilst incredible progress
is being made in in developing potential treatments for severe autoimmune alopecia, nothing has yet been made available for general use.
By contrast, alopecia areata treatment
for the scalp-only, mild patchy version is possible, and Belgravia
clients presenting with hair loss of this type often enjoy significant regrowth when they follow a tailored treatment course. This usually includes high-strength minoxidil
from the available formulations at the in-house pharmacy which is applied topically to the scalp where it is needed. It cannot, however, be used by anyone under 16 years of age.
Thousands of lives changed
The Little Princess Trust
and Hero by LPT are two tremendous charities that have changed the lives of many thousands of children, and awareness about their work seems to grow every year. Last year The Little Princess Trust raised in excess of £4.5 million, which it spent on creating over 1,000 wigs for children and also funding more than a dozen important research programs for paediatric cancer.
In October 2017, Wendy Tarplee-Morris, co-founder of the charity, was a finalist in this year’s Daily Mail Inspirational Women of the Year awards, and there is little doubt that her work continues to be a remarkable and moving tribute to her five-year-old daughter Hannah, who tragically died after a battle with cancer in 2005.