Milly’s Smiles have provided 258 Milly Bags to families on Ward 84 since we started in March 2016. Initially when I knew that I wanted to start a charity in Milly’s name, I wasn’t sure what exactly I would do, the only things I was sure of was that I wanted Milly’s name to live on, and I wanted to help children and families going through one of the worst times of their lives. I was conscious that we had been helped by a lot of amazing charities and in setting up Milly’s Smiles, I didn’t want to upset other charities by doing a similar thing to them, so I had to think long and hard about what I would do in Milly’s name. Initially we provided Welcome Bags that eventually became known as Milly’s Bag (which we love), we have received amazing, emotional feedback from families we have helped and this has encouraged us to continue with this amazing legacy to Milly.
We have been very busy behind the scene holding talks with staff from Ward 3B at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and from 1st October 2018 we are extremely thrilled and honoured to be supplying our Milly Bags to all new families whose child has received a new diagnosis cancer. This means we will be able to reach out and help even more families and children from around the Liverpool area and beyond, which is amazing for us. We can’t wait to start making a difference to all these families.
It always goes without saying that without the support of so many people in so many ways, we would not be in this position. Thank you to everyone who believes in us and our charity and for continuing to support us, and ultimately letting us do what we do so well, making a difference to families from all over the North West of England and beyond.