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

Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Police Cadets Bag Packing raises £176.28

On Sunday a team of Police Cadets from the Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Team gave up their Sunday to pack bags for shoppers at Morrisons, Great Harwood. The Cadets worked from 10am till the store closed offering their help in support of Milly’s Smiles.  The team were very proactive in talking about our charity and […]

LouLou’s Pop-up shop raises money for Milly’s Smiles

The lovely people at LouLou’s held their November Pop Up Shop last weekend.  People were able to order all their favourite treats as well as being able to sample their Christmas product range. Raffle tickets were sold in aid of Milly’s Smiles and the lucky winner won all the Christmas Samples! LouLou’s have supported Milly’s […]

Thank you St Aidan’s Church of England High School

We received £100 donation from St Aidan’s Church of England High School this week.  The school held a non-uniform day and raised money for several charities, one of them being Milly’s Smiles. This picture shows their Student Leadership Team with the names of all the charities they have supported. Thank you so much to everyone […]