The New Hairdo with Little Princess Trust and Shrek’s Adventure

The girls have had long beautiful hair which looked lovely but was high maintenance. The washing, conditioning routine meant a good part of the evening and weekend was spent on this.

I had been trying to convince them to get a haircut for some time or even a trim to lighten the weight but to no avail.

And then The Little Princess Trust stepped in.

When I explained the work of the Little Princess Trust, they were suddenly prepared to donate their hair for this wonderful cause.

Two weeks ago, we headed off early into London to Shrek’s Adventure for a haircut. Yes, you read it right.

Shrek’s Adventure had decided to support this amazing charity and was holding an event to find the #RealLifeRapunzel. You may have read about this on the blog earlier.

We were treated to breakfast that went down a treat especially has we had special ‘Shrek ears’ to sport while doing so.

We were then taken along on a VIP tour of Shrek’s Adventure which was so much fun. The idea is to find Shrek so he can save the day. I won’t tell you more and spoil the fun.

Towie’s Mario Falcone lends a hand for a special hair donation event at Shrek’s adventure London.
Aeryn Zechariah (5) hold a section of the hair she donanted to the Little Princess Trust at Shrek’s adventure London.

And then it was back to have the girl’s hair cut and styled.

As you can see, they had loads of fun being treated like stars and they were so pleased with how their hair looked.

They do look rather sweet with short hair.

Here’s a little more about the event –

This weekend nearly 50 people attended a charity event at the family attraction Shrek’s Adventure! London to donate their hair to the Little Princess Trust. 

The donors, aged between five and 73 years of age, bid a fond farewell to at least seven inches of hair each. The donated hair, given to the Little Princess Trust charity, will be made into real hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss as a result of cancer treatment and other illnesses. 

As a thank you to each generous donor, hair styling was provided by students from South Thames College as well as children’s activities, refreshments and plenty of glitter! 

Among the donors was 73 year old Susan Mannings who donated an incredible 78 centimetres of her hair, the longest donation of the day. 13 year old Roisin McGrath donated 70 centimetres as she braved her first ever haircut, having grown her Rapunzel-like tresses since birth. 

The donors were given a helping hand by The Only Way is Essex star Mario Falcone, who donated his hair to the Little Princess Trust just last month. Mario even tried his hand at being a hair dresser, cutting the hair of 13 year old Rochelle. 

With over 15 metres of hair donated in total, the event will provide a vast amount of hair for the charity and staff at Shrek’s Adventure! London plan to continue their support of the cause.

Those interested in donating their hair to the charity should visit

I love their new look and (just as well) they love it too –

#RealRapunzel with Little Princess Trust and Shrek’s Adventure London

Next Saturday, we’re headed to a rather unique event. My two girls are going to be donating their hair for the Little Princess Trust. So this –

is going to take a good cut.

The girls are thrilled at being able to do something like this and can’t stop talking about it.

I wish I had not cut my hair so recently so I could have also contributed. But alas!

If you want to know more about the event and register for it, here’s some more information –


Shrek’s Adventure! London are looking for kind, generous people willing to have at least 7”/17cm of their hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust at a fabulous, fun-filled day on the afternoon of 29th April. While the minimum length of hair for donation is 7”/17cm longer hair donations are especially welcome, so real-life Rapunzels looking for a style change are particularly sought-after!

The Little Princess Trust is a charity which provides free real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK & Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Donors should register for a time slot at, when they can donate their hair and then enjoy a complimentary haircut and styling courtesy of students and staff from South Thames College Hair Salon, a glitter makeover and plenty of fun activities too. Each donor can bring one non-donating guest – although the more donors the better!

The event will be attended by The Only Way is Essex star Mario Falcone, who recently donated his hair to the charity. Mario will be meeting guests and crowning the donor of the longest hair as a ‘Real Life Rapunzel’.

Charity Manager, Monica Glass, said “We are absolutely thrilled that Shrek’s Adventure! London has offered to host this wonderful event on behalf of the Little Princess Trust. We arereally looking forward to meeting so many of our amazing donors and we feel this is a great opportunity to offer everyone who supports our charity that day a fun-filled afternoon!’

Steve Blackburn, General Manager of Shrek’s Adventure! added, “Shrek’s Adventure! London is home to lots of princesses and we are really proud to be working with the Little Princess Trust, spreading awareness of the incredible work they do and encouraging those with long hair to donate it for the benefit of children suffering from hair loss.”

Race for Life 2015 – We Did It!


Yesterday, Jadyn and I set off for our first ever Race for Life event. You must have read my previous posts about our training (if any) and how we were preparing as well as why we were running.

As I mentioned in one of my posts, there is a lot happening that took the excitement off this race but yesterday when I entered the grounds, I was awed.


A sea of pink – runners, joggers, walkers, pushchairs and even dogs on leads.

The atmophere was charged. The army ready to tackle the field.

And Jadyn and I were part of it.

The Pink Army – Race For Life


5km – 5000 metres.

Not a huge course but not so little either. A course for all abilities as it was held in the Old Deer Park.

For anyone who knows me – I’m not a runner or even a walker. I would rather take the car.

But for my Mum, I would do anything. Pity, I couldn’t save her.

Knowing that the money I am raising is going towards Cancer Research means everything. It means that it may help another child not losing a parent.

Race for Life
The Start…


Race for Life
The Finish…


I had calculated that we could probably complete the course in 50 minutes at a brisk walk but not overdoing it. And we did it. Though the clock says 56 minutes – we actually started later than the runners and we had stopped several times to take photos. To remember.

I know my little girl was worried she would not be able to complete the course but I know she felt the emotion as we joined the others and said – we have to run part of the way otherwise it will be like not putting in an effort for Grandma.

As I blinked away tears, I knew we would complete the course and as we passed each sign that posted the distance covered, I felt her achievement.


When I saw the amount raised, I know that mine is a drop in the ocean but then every drop makes the ocean so I am still fundraising. Please, click on the link at the end of the post and donate. It would mean a lot to us.


As we passed the finish line, it was a great feeling knowing that we had been part of such an amazing event.

We were handed a medal, a Brioche Pasquier roll and Aqua Pura Limited Edition bottle of water each.

There are many more events being held so if you think you would like to Race for Life visit their website here.

The 5K course was not difficult at all and for anyone having any misgivings, there are some wonderful supporters every step of the way – cheering you on.


It was so well organized – the course was set and it started on time and the entire field was abuzz.

Jadyn and I have decided to train for next year and try and beat our time by jogging.

Yesterday though…

The sun was shining, the pink army was in their battle gear – it was Race for Life 2015.

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Every little counts, so if you could donate even ONE POUND – it would help.

Visit our page to donate.

Making Every Moment Count with Shooting Star Chase

We’re normally home by 3.30 as the school is a short walk from the house. The children change out of their school clothes, have a quick snack and then settle down to play. I sometimes join them before I head off to cook dinner and they do some schoolwork.

4 pm – This is our ‘play’ hour. I encourage the children to play together and have fun. And do we have fun. It is also accompanied with some after school snacks and we share our day.


Like all mums, my life revolves around my children and I am really thankful that I have them in my life. They are healthy and happy we thank our stars for this everyday. I also know that there are many families out there who do not share this joy and there are many children who have very ill health.

Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.  Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, its aim is to make every moment count. The charity supports families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

It is indeed sad when one loses a loved one and can be devastating when you lose a child. Shooting Stars’ new campaign is all about a new way to remember – through The Sunrise Walk.

Heather Tilley is a Family Support and Bereavement Counsellor for Shooting Star Chase, a leading children’s hospice charity caring for children in London and Surrey. She has over a decade of experience helping families accept and cope with the diagnosis of a child with a life limiting condition. 

She says –

My job is to help the families of children with life limiting conditions navigate from having to manage the news of the diagnosis through to life after loss. The impact on families can be devastating.  All their plans and assumptions for the future are shattered.  One thing I often hear from parents is that things are in ‘the wrong order’ if their child dies before them. They carry a huge burden of guilt alongside their grief.

As time passes it can be helpful to find new ways to remember. Our Sunrise Walk is a poignant, but positive way to commemorate a child who has died, whilst making a difference.  By taking part, you can help raise much-needed funds for the charity to continue providing a lifeline for other parents who are learning to live alongside the loss of a child.

With three routes to choose from in a picturesque setting, anyone can take part – whether you’re an experienced walker or enjoy a stroll with your family and friends.

The walk takes place on Sunday 31st May 2015 at 4:30am at the beautiful Ham House near Richmond, Surrey and starts with lighting a paper lantern to remember a loved one.

Pick wither a 10k or 20k route – both will take you past some stunning sights including Richmond Park, Richmond Hill, The Thames, Ham Common, Bushy Park and Home Park near Hampton Court Palace.

To be a part of this amazing campaign visit –