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 arrive on Ward L31 at Leeds Children’s Hospital

It is the ambition of Milly’s Smiles to be able to help families all across the country when their child has been newly diagnosed with a cancer related illness.  Today, after many weeks of meetings, planning and making up of bags, we came a little closer to achieving this dream. We made the journey over […]

Four years on….

September has always been my favourite month, it may due to having been born in this month, but I have always loved it.  The weather changes and the air becomes more crisp, with the leaves changing colour before falling from the trees, and we get ready to brace the colder winter weather. September is no […]

Thank you Aunty Liz!

We were thrilled to hear from Milly’s teacher from Playgroup, Liz contacted us to tell us that she was turning 60 and instead of presents, Liz was asking for donations to Milly’s Smiles and also for contributions of toiletries to go in our Milly Bags. Earlier last week, Liz presented us with £150 which will […]