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 monies raised given to Milly’s Smiles, the store are also kindly displaying our collection tins.  We love this, local support from local companies is fantastic.

It’s funny the turns that life takes, it was only a few years ago that we would be shopping in this store for all Milly’s school uniform…their support means such a lot to us.

Massive thank you to Paul and his team.



Great Harwood Fire Fighters Support Milly’s Smiles

On Saturday 13th July at Tesco Stores on Queen Street, fire fighters from Great Harwood hosted their annual charity car wash.  Shoppers were treated to the Crew washing their car for a donation to support The Firefighter’s Charity and Milly’s Smiles charity.  The event was extremely well supported, it was a very hot day and the crew did a brilliant job in the heat.

We are always eager to know how people have heard about Milly’s Smiles and their reasons for supporting us, Crew Manager Jonathon Ford gave us this answer;

“Great Harwood Fire Station are always looking at how we can support local charities and community groups in whatever way we can, with The Firefighter’s Charity kindly allowing Fire Stations, such as ours, to the use their ‘National Car Wash’ event as a platform to promote, raise awareness and raise funds for other charities in addition to raising funds for their own cause.

 The crew at Great Harwood became aware of Milly’s Smiles and the amazing work the charity does following the daughter of one of our Fire Service colleagues at Leyland Fire Station, receiving one of Milly’s Bags when their daughter was admitted to hospital following a diagnosis with leukaemia and learned about how it made a big difference to the family, as well as many other families, at such a difficult time and we wanted to help the charity raise funds towards providing Milly’s Bags to children diagnosed with cancer that have been admitted to hospital.

Once we found out the Charity was based in Great Harwood, the crew were keen to work with the charity and saw our Annual Car Wash event as a perfect opportunity to do just that.”

A huge thank you to the Crew for all their hard work on such a hot day, and everyone who had their car washed, and for their generous donations.

Can you help Milly’s Smiles?

As Milly’s Smiles continues to grow, we are lucky enough to be asked to speak about our charity to companies, groups and schools about the support we give to families, whose child has been newly diagnosed with a cancer related illness.

As we expand, we need more volunteers to join us, to help promote our charity.

These events will be at various times, both during the day, evenings and weekends.

We are looking for people from all areas, as Manchester Children’s Hospital, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, cover a huge area across the North West of England.

We will provide full training and support.

If this is something that interests you please get in touch for further information.

St Josephes RC Primary School raise £1750!

Today has been a heartwarming day, I was invited back to St Joseph’s R.C. Primary School in Shaw, by their year 6 teacher Steve Hill. Along with his class, Steve has been supporting and fundraising for Milly’s Smiles over the last school year. Today I was presented with a cheque for £1750 and as an extra surprise each year 6 pupil gave me a gorgeous rainbow elephant.

Words aren’t always enough to express how grateful and thankful I am for people’s kindness and generosity, without it we wouldn’t be making the difference that we do on a daily basis.

Life has a way teaching us lots of things in many ways and one thing I have learnt is that from something so tragic and devastating, we have managed to create and build something amazing.

I feel lucky and blessed to meet so many selfless people with amazing kindness in their hearts on a daily basis.

“Never Settle for anything less than your very best, as you pursue your dreams”

In October 2018 we were lucky enough to meet with Steve Hill, who is Deputy Head Teacher at St Joseph’s RC School in Shaw, Oldham.  Steve had heard about Milly’s Smiles through one of his pupils Eva, who had been diagnosed with cancer and received one of our Milly Bags.  Steve has acquired somewhat of a reputation for his fundraising skills, and for taking on personal challenges, and after hearing about the work we do at Milly’s Smiles, he decided that we would be one of the charities he would be supporting over the coming school year.
Steve tries to lead by example and practise what he preaches to the children within St. Joseph’s, he strives to inspire them to be the very best that they can be and is continually telling the children that anything is possible and that they should never settle for anything less than their very best as they pursue their dreams.
Backed by his Year 6 class Steve is aiming to keep up the momentum of fundraising which so far has raised more than £90,000 for numerous charities. 
Steve’s personal Challenges have included:-
• Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
• Climbing Mont Blanc.
• Trekking 200 miles through the Sahara Desert.
• Climbing Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest mountain in Europe.
• Completing an expedition through the Arctic wilderness with huskies.
• Trekking through the Jungles of Borneo.
• Climbing Mount Kinabalu.
• Trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp.
• Completing the Tenzing Hillary Mount Everest Marathon.
• Completing the UVU North Pole Marathon.
• Completing the Petra Desert Marathon.
• Completing the Uganda Marathon.
• Completing the Amazon Jungle Ultra Marathon – 230km self-supported race through the Amazon Jungle.
• Completing the Arctic Ice Ultra – 230km self-supported race through the Arctic Wilderness.
Over the last 7 months we have watched Steve take on challenge after challenge in preparation for the Uganda Marathan  – on 1st June.
Steve said: “As always I will be funding the trip myself and with the full support of the children at school we’ll be raising money for the Jomain Midland Academy which provides education to the remote community of Bwendero on the Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria – along with the other charities we’re supporting Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Milly’s Smiles, Chernobyl Children’s Life Line and our fantastic school PTA.”
Steve and the children are also collecting trainers, sports kits, pens, pencils and other stationery to take for the children of Masaka.
“Friends, family and parents from the school have been fantastic, all offering to sponsor me while my brilliant and enthusiastic Year 6 class are always a massive source of support and encouragement.”
We are so thrilled to have been able to meet this incredible man, to spend time with his year 6 pupils and to be one of the charities to have been chosen for support.
Wishing him all the luck in the world although we are sure that he won’t need it at all!  Steve Hill MBE we applaud you, thank you so much for supporting us and helping us to make a difference.

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 our charity bucket.

A huge thank you goes to James Place for their amazing hospitality and to everyone who donated to us.  Your kindness and generosity allows us to continue to fund more Milly Bags to Ward 84 and Ward 3B.  We are lucky enough to be making a difference every day.



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 log each mile with a sticker to allow them to keep track.  The sun shone, spirits were high and the park was filled from early morning till 6.30pm with people supporting Milly’s Smiles and taking on the challenge.

We were lucky enough to be able to meet the walkers there and we were in awe at their dedication and commitment, many people accomplished personal achievements and this was so lovely to see.  We had over 276 walkers take part (some people joined in when they saw the stand in the park, which we love) and a grand total of 1802 miles were walked that day.

We thank every single person who came down and supported Milly’s Smiles, you all helped raise awareness forour charity and on top of that you raised a massive £1087!