Ward L31 Grandad raises awareness of Milly’s Smiles

Kaiden was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma at Leeds Children’s Hospital earlier this year and received one of our Milly Bags.  The bag was such a huge support and comfort to the family that Grandad Aiden decided that he wanted to do something to support our charity as well as raise funds for his grandson.

Turning his hand to what he does best, and working alongside some very talented people, he recorded the beautiful song Angel and produced a video to highlight the work of Milly’s Smiles.

Aiden is the vocalist on the track, which was written by Lee Brammall and the video was put together by Rob Russell Davies.

There are four tracks on the CD which Aiden is selling for £6 inc post and packaging. Contact Aiden on aidenjay@yahoo.com

We love the support these lovely people have given us, it always means so much to know that our Milly Bag as helped families during one of the worst times of their lives, and we are so very grateful to the team for this generous gesture.

 

 

Stewart takes on Mount Snowdon for Milly’s Smiles

In March this year Percy aged 2 years was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia)and dad Stewart says it shook their entire world.

The diagnosis was very quick and Percy was admitted to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to start chemotherapy immediately.

Although Percy responded well to the chemotherapy, leukaemia cells were still present and it was deemed that a Bone Marrow Transplant was required.  A donor was found and the transplant completed in late June.

Percy is now in week three of his recovery from the transplant and progressing well.

Stewart tells us that the family “would like to raise money for the wonderful charity, Milly’s Smiles, so that they can continue to spread happy vibes through the children’s hospital and be able to deliver the special bags to newly admitted children and parents who need it most”.

“The Milly Bag was very much appreciated and something, that in the midst of tragedy managed to put a smile on our faces”.

When Percy comes out of hospital, he will still be extremely vulnerable and unable to join his dad on the trek up Snowdon,  so dad is doing it on Percy’s behalf.

We wish Stewart the very best of luck and look forward to hearing all about it when he completes the climb on 5 September.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/littlepercy

Red Rose Runners collect toiletries for Milly Bags

A Running Club in Preston and South Ribble have been busy during lockdown collecting toiletries for our Milly Bags.

Organiser and ultra marathon runner Wendy Bee knows 2 families whom Milly’s Smiles have supported with a Milly Bag and wanted to do something to help.

We collected the toiletries from Wendy’s garage last week and were amazed by the amount that had been collected!  The generosity of the running club is phenomenal and this will keep us going for many months to come.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported us, we are beyond grateful.

Much needed donation of toiletries from local school

Form 8 Lister at Bowland High School in Clitheroe, have kindly been collecting toiletries for us over the last few months. This has come at such a perfect time as fundraising and donations have been very few during the pandemic and every item, every penny we receive helps us tremendously. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed…this means such a lot to our families during a very emotional, frightening time.

West Pennine Group Ltd provide industrial racking for new Unit

When we moved into our new unit in February we were helped by so many amazing people, in so many ways. One thing that we knew we would definitely need was industrial racking, somewhere to store all our stock for our Milly Bags.

We put out a plea for help which was answered by Nick from West Pennine Storage Equipment Ltd. Nick worked with us over the following few weeks to determine exactly what we needed, and then the company generously provided us with a wall of industrial racking completely free of charge.

To say we are thrilled is an understatement,, the racking is perfect and has completed the refurbishment of our unit.

West Pennine Group have been amazing from start to finish, nothing has been too much trouble.

Thank you seems so small when our gratitude to this company is huge, but a million times over thank you to everyone involved and especially to Nick for his professionalism and kindness.

“WP Group provide a comprehensive range of storage equipment, from shelving to lockers and trolleys, which made them an ideal partner for the team at Milly’s Smiles, and the company are very excited to have been able to help them settle into their new location”. Director Colin Evans

WP Contact Details
Telephone – 01706 875500
Email – westpennine@gmail.com

Covid-19

We hope everyone is managing to keep well and safe during this very worrying time.  The team at Milly’s Smiles are all following government guidelines and staying home to save lives and protect the NHS.  Personally  I work as a District Nurse, very much on the front line visiting sick patients who are being nursed at home.  Staying home is not an option that I have.

The charity are aware that we have been quiet since the country went on lock down.  We are busy behind the scenes preparing for when the country gets back to normal.  The support to our hospital’s has not changed during this pandemic, all wards were well stocked with Milly Bags prior to the lock-down and so far we haven’t had any requests for additional Milly Bag as of yet.

Despite the strain on the NHS, children are still being diagnosed with cancer related illnesses and our Milly Bags continue to being given out.  No family would ever choose to be given one of our bags, but should they sadly find themselves in hospital with their child they are so very thankful to have the support our bags provide.  We have received some lovely messages from families who have been in the awful position of receiving a Milly Bag.

“Hi, we have had the devastating news that no parent ever wants to hear and we have received a Milly’s Smiles Bag.  Our 3 year old daughter Olivia loves her rainbow blanket, thank you so much xxx”

“We received our Milly’s smiles bag on Wednesday just gone, we wasn’t expecting to stay in the night so when one of the lovely nurses at children Manchester hospital brought one to us it honestly brought tears to my eyes an amazing thought and idea for partners who don’t expect to stay and was so useful and beautiful to have,my daughter Matilda is only 11 months old and she loved the blanket and little teddy’ who we’ve named Elsie

To all our families who are self-isolating to keep their children safe, we send our thoughts and our love.

Please everyone, keep yourselves and your families safe.

 

 

Children put pen to paper to raise money for Milly’s Smiles

Children from across the country have been putting pen to paper and produced some amazing writing in the form of Shenanigans’20 Children’s Anthology; Aspiring Dreams.

Between the pages of this book are the brilliant imaginations of children, who are aged between ten and fifteen years-old.  Topics range from a time traveller to dealing with bullying at school.  Some of these children have never written anything like this before, but have produced some amazing work, with the proceeds going straight to Milly’s Smiles.

We look forward to reading the stories when the book is on Sale, and wish them all the best with the book signing that will be taking place on April 4th.

Huge thank you for supporting Milly’s Smiles.

First delivery leaves our new unit and heads for Leeds Children’s Hospital

At the end of last week, we loaded up the van with our first delivery of Milly Bags to leave the new unit.

It was a joy to be able to reverse the van into the unit and just place the bags into the back.  Previously we have had to have a military operation in full force in order to safely carry 20 heavy Milly Bags down 4 flights of stairs to waiting transport!  Today we were very sleek and very quick to load up the bags and quickly be on our way to Ward L31 at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

We were greeted by 2 lovely ladies on arrival and it was so heartwarming to hear how they much our Milly Bags are appreciated by all the families who receive them.   They told us about a family from Hull who were admitted without any belongings at all, and how they were so overwhelmed to receive a bag containing items to help them during the admission period and beyond.

This is the very reason we do what we do, to be able to make a difference during what is one of the worst times in a parents life, for us is an honour and a privilege.

Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to do what we do, we could not do it without the help and support of everyone around us.

 

Why we do what we do….

 

Over the last few months we have been putting together a series of short films explaining what we do and why we do it.  We have been lucky enough to have some of the recipients of the bags speak with us and tell us how much our Milly Bag meant to them.

Over the coming months we will be sharing our films with you, we would love to know what you think..