Our Aim

Having walked in parents shoes we understand the worry and uncertainty that comes hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis. We will provide a welcome pack to each newly diagnosed family admitted onto Ward 84, at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, with items that will help during the first few days and weeks of their hospital stay. Along with this we will endeavour to offer items that will bring a smile to the faces of the children and let families know that people are thinking about them. Simply put, if we can, we would like to make parents feel as though they have been given a hug and told that people do understand and care.

“God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us – in the dreariest and most
dreaded moments – can see a possibility of hope. If you turn a rainbow upside down it’s like a smile
in all the colors of the spectrum, so the Universe is smiling on you.”

Our Welcome Packs

Our Milly Bags are given to every new family admitted onto Ward 84, and are fantastic quality. The bag is a sports bag and has multiple functions. Inside is a lovely rainbow fleece blanket, giving the child a touch of home comfort and luxury. There is a neck pillow, which is handmade and can be used by any of the family. The bag also has a thermal cup which allows parents to make hot drinks to take back onto the ward, as the cup has a secure lid. There is a clear juice bottle which enables the nurses to monitor the fluid intake of the child, and also looks funky with the Milly’s Smiles logo. We have included a soft beanie hat- most children lose their hair with the chemotherapy and this gives them the chance to practice wearing the hat before their hair has fallen out. There is a notebook, pen and plastic wallet as during the initial admission time, families are given so much information that having somewhere to write notes and store leaflets is very much appreciated. We have included a wash bag containing toiletries including shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and baby wipes, we have recently added a good sized towel too.  It may seem a long way off, but when families are allowed to go home with their child an essential item is a thermometer, these are quite expensive to buy and so we have included them in the bags.  Finally we have added a cute rainbow knitted elephant, just because we can 🙂

News & Events

Milly’s Smiles 5th Annual Walk

Can’t quite believe that this will be our 5th Annual Walk this year.  As always the walk is to celebrate Milly’s Birthday and this year it will be her 16th Birthday. The walk will take place on Sunday 3rd November 2019 at 12 noon. We will be leaving from The Royal, Station Road, Great Harwood.  […]

Jelly Babies from Morrisons Great Harwood

Today Morrisons at Great Harwood kindly offered to donate Jelly Babies to us for our Milly Bags on a regular basis. This makes such a huge difference to us and to have such great support from our local store is fantastic. Thank you to Amy the Community Champion – it was a pleasure to meet […]

Grays Schoolwear support Milly’s Smiles

We were recently contacted by Paul from Grays Schoolwear in Blackburn, who wanted to do some fundraising for us whilst they had more footfall in the shop, combined with this they also wanted to raise some awareness for Milly’s Smiles too. Paul has designed a carrier bag which will be sold in store, with all […]