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

Super Car Sunday at Mitton Hall

After holding our Rainbow Ball at the beautiful venue that is Mitton Hall earlier this year, we were thrilled to be chosen as their charity, for their Super Car Sunday. Over £1250 was raised for us at this exciting event, which came from donations from food sales and also the generosity of people donating via […]

Be Strong – Walk Miles for Milly’s Smiles

Sunday was a great day for Milly’s Smiles.  Be Strong’s Rick and Rachel organised the day, which was a challenge to walk as many miles as possible in 12 hours.   The event began at 6.30am when the first walkers set off.  Each loop of the park was a mile long, and walkers were able to […]

Deliveries to Alder Hey and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospitals

We have had a busy week putting together Milly Bags for both Ward 84 at Royal Manchester and Ward 3B at Alder Hey Children’s Hospitals.  We supply each ward with 15 Bags each visit, which will last the wards approximately 6 weeks.  Sadly that’s a lot of children being diagnosed with a  cancer related illness […]