Today Morrisons at Great Harwood kindly offered to donate Jelly Babies to us for our Milly Bags on a regular basis. This makes such a huge difference to us and to have such great support from our local store is fantastic. Thank you to Amy the Community Champion – it was a pleasure to meet with you.
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.
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.
Earlier this month we were invited to meet the team at Primark in Burnley. The staff had nominated Milly’s Smiles as their charity for the year. We were thrilled to meet everyone and to listen to their brilliant ideas for fundraising for us. We look forward to working with them over the coming 12 months.
We were lucky enough to be invited to a Whalley Lions meeting on Wednesday where they presented us with a cheque for £520.
They held a Easter egg hunt and coffee morning with help from Whalley 2nd Guides.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind support, it was a pleasure to meet everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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!