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Milly’s Smiles Van hits the road

We made our first delivery in the new van earlier this month and it was to Ward 84 at Manchester.
The sun shone down on David and Vicky, as they headed over to the hopsital and the van got a verey warm reception on arrival.
The team even had the unexpected pleasure of meeting a lovely young man Ahmed and his mum, who very kindly gave us a generous and unexpected donation.
We never see the delivery of our Milly Bags as a celebration, they are the bags that no parent would ever want to receive. The are however, bags that make such a difference during such an uncertain frightening time.
We always feel privileged to be able to help families in some small way.
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Milly’s Smiles Official Delivery/Events Van

After almost a year of debating, we took the plunge a few months ago and bought a Milly’s Smiles delivery/events van.
Today we collected it from GR8 Sports, where it had been in for its new livery …. and what a transformation!
We absolutely love it! GR8 have excelled themselves and they have done it all for free!
Thank you to Paul and his team, who are all simply amazing, Your kindness is appreciated more than we can ever express.
We have a few deliveries scheduled over the coming weeks, if you spot us give us a beep!
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4 year old Arla takes on 100 Challenge for Milly’s Smiles

We recently heard from Arla’s mum who told us that Arla, aged 4, has been taking on the 100 challenge in celebration of Sir Captain Tom Moore’s birthday by running for 100 minutes over the course of the week starting on Friday 30th April.
With the same extraordinary spirit of Sir Captain Tom Moore, Arla has chosen Millys Smiles, because we helped to support her close friend Jacob.
In 2018 at 21 months old, Jacob was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He and Arla met at a playgroup when they were toddlers and have been friends ever since. They are now in the same class at school together and are looking forward to resuming play dates outside of school when the current covid restrictions allow.
Mum told us that on her first run Arla ran 1.1 miles in 15 minutes, during that she also fell and cut her knee, but got straight back up and carried on running!
Huge huge well done Arla, we think you are truly amazing and we are so proud of you.  Good luck with the rest of your run 😀🎗🌈
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129 Milly Bags delivered to Leeds over the last 19 months.

Another delivery was made by David and Vicky to Leeds Childrens Hospital at the end of last month.

We have been supporting Ward L31 for 19 months now, and have helped almost 129 families during one of the most frightening time of their lives.

We make a difference every single day, not only to the families receiving our Milly Bags, but also to the nurses who get to hand out the bags.  The bags make the admission process a little easier, and give the families something else to concentate on for a few minutes.

We feel so proud that we are able to help families during such an uncertain time.

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A delivery to Ward 84 and a beautiful poem received in return!

Our brilliant delivery team David and Vicky took a further  20 Milly Bags to Manchester Children’s Hospital last month, and this delivery included the 600th Bag.
A short while later we were sent this beautiful poem about our bags, knowing how much of a difference each bag makes is why we do what we do.  
In the darkest of days, a rainbow shines through,
In the form of a bag filled with goodies for you.
A blanket that doubles as a hug when required,
And a travel mug for coffee which is essential when tired.
When you need to remember, there’s a diary and pen,
And of course, an elephant teddy for when you need a friend.
A towel and wash kit for you to freshen up,
And a cool beanie hat if you feel you need to cover up.
A heat pack to chase all those aches and pains away,
And jelly babies that keep the dietitians happy during your stay.
All of these things you won’t realise you need, when you’re brought to hospital at unexpected speed.
So when you arrive here and discover this magical pack,
It’s comforting to know that Milly and her rainbow bags have already got your back.
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Baby Cole and family say ‘Thank you so much’

We received this lovely message last week from Chris who also included gorgeous photos of his little boy, our hearts just melted…
“Good morning, just wanted to pass on mine and my partner Becks thanks and say thank you so much for our Milly’s smiles hospital bag. My five month old baby boy Cole was rushed into Alder Hay on Sunday with suspected leukaemia, he has been diagnosed with A.L.L and is having his lumber puncture and first bit of chemo today.
We were given the bag on Monday and all the things in it are beautiful especially the blanket….it’s Cole’s and his mum fav thing so it’s a battle as to who gets it first at the minute.
We can’t thank you enough it’s a wonderful thing that you do.
Anyway hope this puts as big a smile on your face as Milly’s Bag did on ours”
It is always heartwarming to hear first hand how much we help at such a difficult frightening time. We are so proud and humbled to be able to do this in Milly’s name. Sending love and strength to Cole and his family.
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Charlotte raises money on her 12th Birthday

After her friend Frances received one of our Milly Bags when she was admitted onto Ward 3B at Alder Hey, Charlotte decided she wanted to raise money on her behalf for us.
 
So on her 12th Birthday Charlotte walked an amazing 12 miles for Milly’s Smiles, we thing this is absolutely incredible and we love that Frances was able to meet Charlotte at the end of her walk to tell her well done.
 
We were overwhelmed with Charlotte’s achievement, and we send a massive thank you Charlotte, her family and everyone who has supported her in raising a wonderful £680. Thank you and Happy Birthday Charlotte , we think you are wonderful.
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We are heading down South!

When we found out that Milly had relapsed and the leukaemia was back, we went to London for a short break before starting the gruelling chemotherapy treatement again.
Milly absolutely loved London and I remember her telling me that she was going to live there one day.
Sadly that can’t ever happen, however when we received a call from The Royal London Hospital asking if we could support their newly diagnosed families with our Milly Bags, I knew that Milly would want this!
So after several weeks of preparation 25 Milly Bags were collected today for delivery to Ward 7D at The Children’s Hospital which is part of The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, London.
We are very proud that we are in the position to support another hospital and it warms my heart that it is somewhere Milly knew.
We are hoping that our Milly Bags will make a difference to all the newly diagnosed families admitted onto Ward 7D in supporting them at the start of their difficult journey.
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The sun shines on our delivery team as they head to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

The sun has been shining on our delivery team today as they headed over to Liverpool to take our Milly Bags to Ward 3B.
This is our first delivery of 2021 to Alder Hey and takes our total number of Milly Bags provided to the ward to 193.
It is always an honour and privilege to support newly diagnosed families and we thank each and everyone involved in allowing us to make such a difference every day.
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First visit of the year to Ward L31 – Leeds Children’s Hospital

On 17 February it was all hands on deck at Milly’s Smiles HQ (maintaining social distance) to load up our volunteers car with 20 Milly Bags bound for Ward L31 at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
It is always so lovely to be able to take our Milly Bags in person to the hospitals, we love to meet the staff and whilst it is heartwarming to hear how much they appreciate our bags, we also know how lucky we are to have the hospital staff’s support, in allowing us to provide Milly Bags for their newly diagnosed families.
It is definately a team effort, and we couldn’t do it without the help and support of so many people in so many ways.
We are so proud to be able to make such a difference to newly diagnosed families every day.