15 year old Keira donates hair to the Little Princess Trust
20th April 2015 - The following article is reproduced by kind permission of Town and Around
Having heard about the work of the Little Princess Trust and with waist length hair, Keira O’Brien contacted Salon 63 in Hunstanton to donate her tresses to be made into a wig for a child.
She donated the seventeen inches of hair that had taken six years to grow, and since a minimum length of seven inches is needed to make one wig, Keira’s donation could be used to make one long wig or two shorter ones.
Gathering sponsorship to help with the £350 cost of making a wig, Keira was supported by Mum and Dad Lucy and Derek, brother Derry and Nan Jill Imlach on Wednesday when Kristy re-styled her hair into a long bob.
Owner of Salon 63 Emma Reynolds said: “We are great supporters of the Trust and this is the third time we’ve helped someone donate their hair to this amazing organisation.”
In March this year the Little Princess Trust reached the significant milestone of supplying 3,000 real hair wigs to children at no cost to their families. Since 2006 the charity has built strong relationships with paediatric oncology centres throughout the UK and Ireland, receiving requests for wigs for children every single day of the week.
Wendy Tarplee-Morris and Simon Tarplee who originally founded the charity in memory of their daughter, Hannah, have been both surprised and proud at how the supply of wigs has nearly quadrupled and the receipt of hair donations has increased within the last five years. Wendy Tarplee-Morris said, “We funded the very first wig with money which Hannah’s school (Hereford Cathedral Junior School) and other parents had raised in her memory. We never could have dreamed that we would one day have funded such a tremendous amount of wigs and helped so many children. I feel extremely proud and humbled by the huge amount of support that we have received in order to achieve this. The service that we provide really can make such a difference and I am so grateful that we have been able to support so many.”