“Hair and Hope” for Children with Cancer

Shrewsbury Golf Club has raised more than £1,000 to pay for wigs for The Little Princess Trust, which gives “hair and hope” to children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment or other illnesses.

Immediate Past Ladies Captain Carol Burgan, Little Princess Trust Executive Assistant Linda Barton, Sandra Haw, who knitted golf club covers and Celia Russell who sewed Covid masks

Carol Burgan, last year’s ladies captain at the Condover club, thanked everyone who helped raise £1,098.54, which helped fund two real hair wigs for children.

She also thanked the 11-year-old granddaughter of a club member who donated her long locks to charity.

“So many people have helped despite Covid restrictions by providing materials, making face masks and knitting golf club covers and purchasing the finished items. The senior men also made a donation from their section funds.

“All of their efforts have helped fund two essential wigs for kids,” Carol says.

The Little Princess Trust was established in 2006 in memory of five-year-old Hannah Tarplee who suffered traumatic hair loss with Wilms Tumour in 2004. The charity has since helped thousands of children and young people under 24 regain their confidence with a wig made from real hair, free of charge.

The Trust provides around 2,000 wigs each year and is one of the UK’s leading charity funders of childhood cancer research.

Wendy Tarplee-Morris, founder of The Little Princess Trust, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Shrewsbury Golf Club for supporting our charity.

“This brilliant fundraiser means we can continue to provide free human hair wigs to children and young people at a very difficult time in their lives.

“We know that our wigs help restore the trust and identity of the young recipients, but we can only offer this free service and fund research thanks to the amazing support we get from the public.”

The charity makes wigs from hair donated by supporters. The Little Princess Trust encourages supporters to grow their long locks until they can cut at least 12 inches (30 cm) of hair, as the greatest demand is currently for longer wigs.

Anyone thinking of donating their long hair or raising money should contact www.littleprincesses.org.uk for more information.

Caption from left to right: Immediate Past Ladies Captain Carol Burgan, Little Princess Trust Executive Assistant Linda Barton, Sandra Haw, who knit golf club covers, and Celia Russell who sewed Covid masks.

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