Please find all our latest news articles below.

Milly’s Smiles arrive on Ward L31 at Leeds Children’s Hospital

It is the ambition of Milly’s Smiles to be able to help families all across the country when their child has been newly diagnosed with a cancer related illness.  Today, after many weeks of meetings, planning and making up of bags, we came a little closer to achieving this dream. We made the journey over […]

Four years on….

September has always been my favourite month, it may due to having been born in this month, but I have always loved it.  The weather changes and the air becomes more crisp, with the leaves changing colour before falling from the trees, and we get ready to brace the colder winter weather. September is no […]

Thank you Aunty Liz!

We were thrilled to hear from Milly’s teacher from Playgroup, Liz contacted us to tell us that she was turning 60 and instead of presents, Liz was asking for donations to Milly’s Smiles and also for contributions of toiletries to go in our Milly Bags. Earlier last week, Liz presented us with £150 which will […]

Jelly Babies from Morrisons Great Harwood

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Primark Burnley take Milly’s Smiles as their Charity of the Year.

  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 […]

Whalley Lions support Milly’s Smiles

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Deliveries to Alder Hey and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospitals

We have had a busy week putting together Milly Bags for both Ward 84 at Royal Manchester and Ward 3B at Alder Hey Children’s Hospitals.  We supply each ward with 15 Bags each visit, which will last the wards approximately 6 weeks.  Sadly that’s a lot of children being diagnosed with a  cancer related illness […]

Milly’s Beads of Courage

During Milly’s treatment she enrolled in the Beads of Courage Programme which is designed to provide support for children and teenagers undergoing treatments for serious illnesses.  At every stage of cancer treatment, children receive a new Bead of Courage. The beads join together to form (often long) physical representations of their recovery, resulting in a […]

Rainbow Ball 2019 A Huge Success

  Our Rainbow Ball 2019 was held on Saturday 16th March at Mitton Hall, Whalley and was attended by 130 beautiful people, all with the intention of having a great night whilst raising money for our fantastic charity. The room was beautifully decorated in pink, Milly’s favourite colour, and the whole evening sparkled from start […]

Freddy Mercury Night raises £1350 for Milly’s Smiles

An event held at The Grand Venue, Clitheroe on Saturday raised £2700 for Milly’s Smiles and another fantastic charity Derian House. The event was arranged by Lisa and Barbara Taylor, and featured a tribute act to Freddie Mercury and the talents of  2 local artists, who attend Bowland High School at Grindleton,  Meeka Bradley and […]

Milly’s Castle – Ronald McDonald House

In Spring 2016 money raised from Milly’s Celebration of Life, along with donations received at Milly’s Smiles First Annual Walk were donated to Ronald McDonald House, to fund a room for families for 3 years. Ronald McDonald House had been a lifesaver for us, it gave us somewhere to stay, instead of having to travel […]

Huge thank you to staff from TSB

We have been lucky enough to be the charity of the year for a few organisations in 2018.  We were approached by TSB Bank, Rawtenstall who chose us after staff were asked to nominate charities. we have been supported by 5 branches of the Bank, who have fundraised tirelessly for us over 2018, Haslingden, Todmorden, […]

Arval UK (Ltd) raise money for Milly’s Smiles

Last year we were chosen as the Charity of the Year 2018 for Arval UK (Ltd) in Salford.  Over the last 12 months staff have generously raised funds for Milly’s Smiles through a variety of ways including a Onesie Wednesday, unfortunately there was no photographic evidence of this available! We were invited back to Arval […]

Amanda changes her life and raises money for Milly’s Smiles

After struggling for many years with health problems resulting in being overweight, Amanda made the decision to change her lifestyle, to get fit and to start enjoying life again. She started on The Couch 2 5K, going from being unable to run upstairs to training for a half marathon.  Amanda also joined the gym and […]

Milly’s Smiles 4th Annual Walk

Sunday 4th November was our 4th annual walk for Milly, the weather had been pretty poor days before, and we were more than a little concerned that we could be rained off.  However just like all the other walks the weather was more than kind to us, it was cold but the sun shone for […]

Renewing vows and raising money for Milly’s Smiles

We would like to say a huge thank you to Diane & Kevin and their family and friends for all the kind donations made to Milly’s Smiles, when they recently renewed their wedding vows. Diane heard about Milly’s Smiles when she met Milly’s dad recently, and after hearing all about Milly and how her charity […]

Milly’s Smiles go to Alder Hey Children’ s Hospital

After months of planning, today Milly’s Smiles proudly delivered 15 Milly Bags to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.  The bags are to be given to new patients and families being admitted onto their oncology ward, after their child has been diagnosed with a cancer related illness. We are both thrilled and humbled to be allowed to […]

BRFC Community Trust and NCS Group 4 support Milly’s Smiles

We were honoured to be asked by a group of young people if they could support Milly’s Smiles by raising some money for us this summer.  The students were on a 4 week NCS programme which brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and […]

Guests at Ward 84 Annual Party

We were lucky enough to attend the Annual Ward 84 party at Victoria Baths, Manchester recently.  The party is organised by parents of Ward 84 children.  Words cannot really do justice to how amazing this day is, not only for the children but for their parents and siblings.  It gives them the chance to be […]

Milly’s Smiles are going to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

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 […]

Friends of Shireburn Raise £1812.12

We were thrilled to be invited back to meet with the Friends of Shireburn, who have spent the last 12 months working hard and fundraising for us, after choosing us as their charity of the year for 2017/8. We were present with a cheque for £1812.12 which is an amazing amount and will allow us […]

Jayne & Stuart take on The Big One in Blackpool

On the 30th May 2017, Jayne, Stuart and their daughter Jessica were sent by ambulance to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital after an appointment with their local doctor.  They arrived at Manchester just with the clothes they were wearing, but straight away they were given a Milly Bag, which helped their daughter Jessica greatly.  She […]

Ribble Valley Strummers raise £872.64

A local Ukulele group have raised an amazing £872.64 for Milly’s Smiles, by holding raffles and other fundraising events.  We were invited to collect the cheque from the Ribble Valley Strummers this week, where we were treated to some excellent ukulele playing and singing, before being presented with a cheque.  Thank you to everyone who […]

New HQ for Milly’s Smiles

Last week Milly’s Smiles moved into new premises – we now have a dedicated office where all the items for our Milly Bags are stored safely and securely. Previously we have been keeping things over three different locations and the logistics of managing this became very difficult. We took the decision to take on some […]

Ward 84 Parents Jayne & Stuart take on The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach!

We were contacted by Jayne, who received a Milly Bag from us, when they were admitted onto Ward 84 last year.  This is what Jayne had to say: ‘On 30th May 2017 we were sent by ambulance to Manchester Hospital from our local hospital following on from an appointment at our local GP. We arrived […]

Milly’s Smiles Takes on the Worlds Fastest Zip Wire!

March 20th was the third anniversary of Milly’s Bone Marrow Transplant and we acknowledged this anniversary with the challenge of riding the Worlds Fastest Zipwire – Velocity!  We were joined by a group of people just as crazy as us, and together we took on this awesome challenge. The Wire is 1555 metres in length […]

Milly’s Smiles Bracelets

We have been lucky enough to have 40 bracelets made especially for Milly’s Smiles By Erin Gift Shop – Darwen.  During the Christmas Period the shop ran a competition to find a local Lancashire based charity or fundraising group.  The charity with the most votes would win 75 By Erin Wish Bracelets, with a design […]

Milly’s Smiles 3rd Annual Walk

Our 3rd Annual Walk was a huge success.  The weather was immensely kind to use, the sun shone for the whole day, although it was a little on the chilly side!  We were over-whelmed to see so many people, we had over 150 people supporting us, some faces were new to us and others had […]

Ward 84 – Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

We have received some great pictures from families who have received a Milly Bag from us, we love seeing the bag and contents being put to use …             

Dugdale Memorial Bowling Club hold a fundraising day for Milly’s Smiles

A charity bowling competition was held at Dugdale Memorial Bowling Club in Blackburn in memory of a young gentleman who passed away at the age of 46 in 2016.  Andrew was a keen runner and had completed 6 marathons, including 2 London Marathons, he was also a weekly player at the bowling club along with […]

Riverside Nursery Walk 10 Miles for Milly’s Smiles and raise £1608.23

Courageous young man, Jack, aged 3 years was recently diagnosed with kidney cancer and is currently undergoing a course of intensive treatment.  Jack has had surgery to remove a tumour, several courses of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and in total, Jack will have 34 weeks of chemotherapy to get him back to full health, his final […]

St Bart’s Time Out Club get busy for Milly’s Smiles

We were very impressed recently to hear about he children from Time Out Club at St Bartholomew’s Church, Great Harwood. They held a sponsored car wash and a clean up of Memorial Park. After some discussion they decided they would like to donate the £100 raised to Milly’s Smiles. We went along to their club […]

Lily receives a Milly Bag

When our Milly Bags are given out, we don’t expect thanks because we have been in that same position the family now finds themselves, and we understand that their world has suddenly become a very different, uncertain place.  All your strength and energy is going into dealing with what is happening to your child, and […]

20th September 2017 9.26am – 2 year anniversary

Today marks the two year anniversary of Milly going to heaven, even now 2 years on, as I write the words it doesn’t seem real. Losing a child completely changes you forever, it can destroy you and break you into a thousand pieces, but despite this your heart continues to beat and the world continues […]

Heyside Juniors Under 14’s Proudly Support Milly’s Smiles

A family who received one of our first Milly Bags in March 2016, when their daughter was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour have paid tribute to Milly’s Smiles in a wonderful way. Heyside Juniors Under 14’s Football Team have renewed their football kit and have added our logo onto their strip to help raise awareness […]

Budding Entrepreneur Patrick raises money for Milly’s Smiles

During the summer holidays 7 year old Patrick recently used his pocket money to buy goodies for a tombola stall that he had on his fairground.  Patrick charged friends and family 50p to have a go and raised a fantastic £20 for Milly’s Smiles.  We are all blown away by this, and think you are […]

Dorothy & Friends hold a Milly’s Smiles Afternoon Tea

A huge thank you to Dorothy who recently held a garden party for Milly’s Smiles, fortunately the sun shone and helped make the day a great success. The party was really well attended and raised a great amount of £420 for us.  Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

Joe & Matthew’s Tough Mudder Challenge Raises £880!

Joe’s cousin Jude was recently diagnosed with an osteosarcoma, his diagnosis came as a huge shock for his family, and they found themselves in a whirlwind of activity as Jude’s treatment started very quickly.  Joe told us that Milly’s Smiles were a huge help for the family when they were admitted onto Ward 84 at […]

Matthew’s Mamouth 18 Mile Bike Ride Challenge!

During our visit to Poulton St Chad’s C E Primary School, a young boy came and introduced himself and told us he had done an 18mile bike ride with his dad to raise money for Milly;s Smiles.  Upon delving further we were extremely impressed, to say the least, at how much training, and hard work […]

Poulton St Chad’s C E Primary School – After School Club – Fantastic Fundraising Efforts

After one for their pupils received a Welcome Bag from Milly’s Smiles, Poulton St Chad’s have been extremely pro-active in fundraising for us.  Today we were asked to return to the school, this time to meet the After School Club team who had been busy, not only raising money for us, but also collecting shower […]

Cath rocking her 64th Birthday and raising money for Milly’s Smiles

We were overwhelmed to receive £820 from the lovely Cathy Bell who asked for donations to Milly’s Smiles at her 64th Birthday.  The party looked amazing, there was a Hollywood theme and the birthday lady entertained her guests when she played a guitar set with friends and had her rock choir singing.  We are loving […]

Milly’s Smiles Backpacks arrive on The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

We have been asked by the Bone Marrow Team if we would be able to offer something similar to our Welcome Bag, for patients being admitted onto BMTU who have not received a Milly’s Bag.  Always happy to help, Milly’s Smiles put together a Welcome Backpack for any families that have come for transplant and […]

Milly’s Smiles Rainbow Charity Ball

On Saturday 17 June 2017, we held our first official charity ball at The Foxfields Hotel, Billington.  The evening was supported by over 100 people who were all dressed in their best finery and intent on having a great evening.  The event was compered by Lewis Birtwwell, who kept the whole evening running smoothly.  Lewis […]

Crazy Hair Fundraiser Day

After one of their pupils received a Milly’s Welcome Bag, Poulton St Chad’s C of E Primary School set about fundraising for us.  They held a crazy hair day which was so well supported and both teachers and pupils alike had great fun.  One teacher was even brave enough to allow his head to be […]

Milly’s Smiles 100th Welcome Bag

A few weeks ago the 100th Welcome Bag was given out to this gorgeous little boy Matthew and his family.  The bag and its contents have been so useful to the whole family, they are especially thrilled with the thermometer, which is a recent addition to the bags.  When children are allowed home for a […]

Dexter reaches the half way stage in his leukaemia treatment – and gets a haircut

Dexter is almost 21 months into his 42 month treatment plan for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.  To celebrate hitting the halfway point, his family have decided to get Dexter’s haircut for the first time in 2 years!  Dexter’s amazing personality has helped him through the last 21 months, the drugs are working for him and his […]

Gemma’s 40th Birthday – fundraising for Milly’s Smiles

A lovely kind-hearted lady, Gemma recently turned 40, and instead of having gifts, Gemma asked all friends to attend her birthday evening empty handed, but to make a donation to Milly’s Smiles.  As you can see from the photos, a fantastic evening was had by all, and a fantastic amount of £610 was raised by […]

Friends of Shireburne support Milly’s Smiles

On Friday 8 April, Milly’s Smiles were invited to an evening presentation at Shireburne, where we were presented with a cheque for £1000 which had been raised by Friends of Shireburne over the last year.  It was a great evening, we were entertained by Ribble Valley Strummers, a very talented group of Ukele players of […]

Milly’s Smiles Sky Dive

On 2 April 2017, the sky dive went ahead.  There was an option to upgrade from 11,000 feet to 15,000 feet which meant free falling at a speed of 187 mph for a minute.  Lorraine went for this!  You can see how she does in the video..a great way to honour Milly’s determination, courage and […]

Milly’s Smiles Evening of Magic & Entertainment

Last night was our family charity evening, held at Great Harwood Golf Club, and what a resounding success the evening proved to be.  Tickets sold out a few weeks prior to the event and there was standing room only. The room looked great, with pink and blue balloons on the tables and fairy lights adding […]

Doodlebugs come to Great Harwood

The Garden Gate Florist in Great Harwood is selling these amazing Doodlebugs, made by Fiona Ashraf.   Fiona has been hand painting these unique ‘garden pals’ for a while for family and friends.  She has always had an interest in art and craft activities, and now her three little boys are a little older Fiona […]

George Herbert Redman Award

Retired Police Sergeant Jeanette Hickey was the winner of this prestigious award in 2016.  The award is presented annually by the GHR trust to an officer who has gone above and beyond in service to the community.  Jeanette got to choose a charity to receive a donation of £400, and she chose Milly’s Smiles, due […]

Milly’s Smiles visit SARCHS Year 8

Today we visited St Augustine’s RC High School, to speak to year 8, which is Milly’s year group.  We had been invited to talk about Milly’s charity and we also took the opportunity to show them the Welcome Bag that all new families receive when admitted onto the ward.  It was quite daunting talking to […]

Milly’s Smiles play Santa Clause

Milly’s last Christmas was spent on Ward 84.  By the early hours of Christmas Eve she had completed her 2nd cycle of chemotherapy, which had made her feel really unwell.  Slowly the vomiting stopped and she started to feel slightly better, and was able to look forward to Christmas. We had been visited by many […]

Milly’s Smiles 2nd Annual Walk

Today, over 180 people turned up to celebrate Milly’s 13th Birthday and our second annual ‘Walk 5 Miles for Milly’s Smiles’ walk.  People travelled from near and far and we were also lucky to have several families join us from Ward 84.  The weather was kind to us, we had sunshine, a little bit of […]

Bone Marrow Journals arrive at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Today our Bone Marrow Journals were delivered onto the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit,at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where they were well received by the nurses.  The journals are to help children and their parents chart the long journey from the start of transplant to discharge and to day case visits.  There is the opportunity for […]

Fundraising Coffee Morning

On Thursday a fundraising event was held by Kathryn Lloyd.  Kathryn held a coffee morning, with stalls selling cakes and toys, there was also a raffle and an entertainer who kept the children thoroughly entertained.  Kathryn was raising money for Milly’s Smiles and for Bliss – a charity for premature and sick babies.  Kathryn’s hard […]

Dexter’s Army X Runner Wild Run

Rachel Robinson and a team of friends took on the X Runner Wild Run on Saturday.  This was a 10K run with over 60 obstacles to challenge them!  Rachel’s nephew Dexter, is currently being treated on Ward 84 for Acute Lymphatic Leukaemia.  Dexter is just 4 years old, and as Rachel’s says ‘When we were […]

Friendly Cyclists Centurians

A local social cycling group held their first 100 mile cycle ride last year, raising money for charity.  This year we are honoured that they chose Milly’s Smiles as their main charity.  The cyclists complete a 100 mile bike ride, whilst juggling time in the saddle and managing nutrition and hydration on the day.  They […]

Triathalon Event

Johnny Moorcroft and his dad John took part in a triathlon, that consisted of a 400 metre swim, 24.5km bike ride and finished off with a 6.2 km run!  They both managed to successfully complete the event, whilst raising money for Milly’s Smiles.  Massive congratulations to you both, that’s a great achievement.

Tough Mudder 2016

Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile, mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, […]

The Great North Run – 2016

We had some lovely people challenging themselves with this tough half marathon, in order to raise money of Milly’s Smiles.  Danielle Etherington and Abi Gallucci proudly wore their Milly’s Smiles T-shirts as they ran 13 miles, raising a great amount for a great cause.  Thank you so much guys, you are helping us make a […]

Milly’s Smiles Rainbow Elephants

Earlier this year, we asked if anybody could help us with our mission to include a knitted rainbow elephant in our Welcome Bags.  We were overwhelmed with the response from people who were willing to donate their time and knit this lovely cute elephants for us.  We have had knitters from Eysium Community Centre knitting […]

Baxenden Fun Run

Wishing all the runners today at the Baxenden Fun Run lots of luck and a massive thank you for supporting Milly’s Smiles. Hope you all have a great run and we look forward to seeing all your pictures.

Welcome Bags Arrival

Our second batch of Welcome Bags arrive at RMCH. Massive thank you to everyone who continues to support us and help us to make a difference to families.

Delivery to RMCH

Our second consignment of bags are ready for delivery to ward 84 Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital this week. This is thanks to you all for your very kind donations and fundraising efforts. Once again 25 families of children from all over the North West of England and sometimes beyond are about to experience the earth […]

Fred Whittam Challenge

Massive well done to Graeme Thomson, he completed the Fred Whittam challenge on Sunday in very hot weather conditions. He was well supported and completed the 112 mile challenge in 9 hours and 39 minutes – Wow! The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District. The very top riders […]

April News

Our Facebook Page has now well over a 1000 likes!  We are so happy with this, the more people who know about us the more people will be willing to help us with support and fundraising. We have been officially recognised as an official charity and our Charity Number is 1166399. The Welcome Bags are […]

20th March 2016 – 1st anniversary of Milly’s Transplant

20th March 2016 marked the first anniversary of Milly’s Bone Marrow Transplant.  In order to honour Milly’s journey through transplant, Milly’s mum has decided that on this anniversary, every year she will do something special to mark this occasion to recognise Milly’s fighting spirit and love for life.  This year she managed to persuade 3 […]

Born Survivor

Some kind hearted crazy nurses in critical care at Royal Preston Hospital are taking part in Born Survivor for Milly’s Smiles. They did this event last year and not only survived but are keen to take part again. We will be willing you on all the way guys-thank you for support us and great team […]

March News

Hoorah!  We have successfully delivered our first batch of Welcome Bags to Ward 84.  The nurses were very impressed and said the bags far exceeded their expectations.  We could not have done this without you and your support, we are very proud to know that over the next days/weeks/months and years families whose lives have […]

February News

Our fashion show was a huge success – we have raised over £1660.00.  Our compere for the evening Mrs Smith was a total hit with the audiences and had them in the palm of her hand.  Dancers and models were very beautiful and professional and put on an amazing display of dances for everyone.  A […]

January News

We are awaiting our official charity number, the Charity’s Commission has acknowledged our application which was sent early December and has informed us that we should be given a Registration Number by 15 March 2016. The Welcome Bags are almost ready to go to the hospital.  We are very excited about them, a lot of […]