The Little Princess Trust
PUBLISHED: 16:37 08 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:40 20 February 2013
As the Little Princess Trust gears up for its major annual fundraiser, the Pink Car Rally, administration manager Monica Glass explains the help this Hereford-based charity provides for boys and girls throughout the UK and Ireland
As the Little Princess Trust gears up for its major annual fundraiser, the Pink Car Rally, administration manager Monica Glass explains the help this Hereford-based charity provides for boys and girls throughout the UK and Ireland.
When was the charity established and why?
Little Princess Trust (LPT) was started in 2006 by Wendy and Simon Tarplee in memory of their daughter, Hannah, who sadly died in 2005.
What are its aims?
LPT provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.
Who are the key people associated with the charity?
Wendy and Simon Tarplee are Trustees along with Tracey Prosser (Peter Prosser Hairdressing), Tim Wheeler (Head of Hereford Cathedral Junior School) and Tim Lowe, Chairman of Trustees.
How does your charity raise funds?
We rely solely on the efforts of very enthusiastic volunteer fundraisers like Sali Gray, who organises the Pink Car Rally.
How is the money spent?
LPT has two part-time employees who make it possible for the charity to run on a day-to-day basis and allow it to help an ever growing number of children. All money is spent on organising and supplying real-hair wigs, free of charge to children.
What is the charitys proudest achievement recently?
Being able to offer a number of our wigs to children made entirely from hair kindly donated by supporters who organised sponsored hair cut events.
When did the Pink Car Rally start?
The annual Pink Car Rally was created in 2007, the first rally took place in 2008 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. A supporter of the Pink Car Rally was in America recently and was amazed to discover that it had been mentioned, a few weeks before his visit, on American TV!
How much did it raise last year and how many cars took part?
The rally raised more than 5,000 last year and 39 pink cars and one National Express pink coach took part. National Express specially pinked the coach for the event and then decided to keep it so for this year. You may have seen it around Herefordshire... it certainly causes a stir!
How can members of the public get involved?
We want all owners of pink cars to hear about the Pink Car Rally, so members of the public can help by mentioning it to their friends and relatives, and via their social networks. The more people who hear about the rally and its aims, the more children we will be able to help.