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Volunteer Day

We recently welcomed 4 lovely people from Avidly UK & Canada who came to the unit to do some bag packing for us.

We are preparing for a busy few months and therefore it was all hands to the pump!

An amazing job was done by everyone and in what felt like a few minutes we had enough Milly Bags made to keep us going for a good while.

It was a pleasure to have them all here for the afternoon and a huge thank you to everyone for all their hard work.

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Thank you NWAS 111

Over the Christmas period staff at NWAS 111 raffled off some fabulous Christmas Hampers and Milly’s Smiles was nominated as the charity they wanted to support.

A massive £1010.00 was raised in total, which is amazing, and will make a huge difference to us.

Huge thank you to Jaki for nominating us and to all the team for their hard work in making the hampers, selling the raffle tickets and raising such a wonderful amount for us.

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Milly’s Smiles Receives Community Chest Grant

We feel very lucky to have been awarded £2,100 from Hyndburn Borough Council to support our SOULS groups with running our monthly support sessions which focus on creative activities, for a period of six months.

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Tesco Awareness Day

We spent 2 days at our local Tesco last week to raise awareness of Milly’s Smiles and to also find forever homes for some of our beautiful rainbow elephants.

Our elephants are lovingly knitted by volunteers all across the country and as well as taking pride of place in our Milly Bags, we also allow people to adopt them for a small donation, which then goes towards funding our Milly Bags.

Over the 2 days we were in the supermarket we found forever homes for many elephants and we are beyond thrilled to say we raised £1,294, which is almost 10 of our Milly Bags.

We received some gorgeous photos of the elephants with their new owners and we know they are going to be loved and cherished forever.

Our volunteers did an amazing job manning our stall and we send a huge thank you to Karen, Carrie and our superstar Lucy who all worked so hard over the course of 2 days.

Thank you to also goes to all the staff at Tesco Great Harwood who not only adopted elephants but also looked after us really well – Great Harwood you have been amazing – thank you!

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Creative Crochet fun

Our unit was full of love and laughter at our February SOULS group. It was lovely to welcome new members to the group and they very quickly settled in and became part of our ‘family’.

We challenged ourselves to learn how to crochet and out of all the different sessions we have held this is the one where we laughed the most – and that’s so important at our group.

Laughing and feeling joy for however brief a moment is something many grieving parents feel guilty about, how can we laugh and smile when we have lost a precious child?

Our groups offer a safe, caring environment for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings to come and share thoughts and feelings without any judgement at all.

Please get in touch if you would like to join us or know someone that would benefit from coming along – 07555 541987.

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Shine for Sally

Yesterday (Sunday) I met up with some very special people, the cast of Shine for Sally, a team of talented people who put on a spectacular show last December, to raise money for Milly’s Smiles, Rory’s Box and Derian House.

The dance extravaganza was in memory of beautiful Sally, and raised a total of £5,300.00.

Sally’s family have become good friends and mum Jo and daughter Milly come along to our SOULS group every month.

It was during one of our groups that Jo persuaded me to dig out my tap shoes and take part in the show! So for the first time in 23+ years I found myself tapping in front of a rather large audience!

I feel so honoured to have been part of Sally’s show and am thrilled that such a wonderful amount of money for all of the charities.

A huge thank you to everyone involved and everyone who supported the show.

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Awareness Raising at Morrisons

Volunteers are the backbone of any charity and ours are no different.

We are blessed to have some amazing people who help and support us when needed, they do this selflessly and because they want to help us make a difference for children and their families suffering with cancer.

Today, Carrie, Steph and Lucy kindly gave up their day to spend it at Morrisons to raise awareness of our work and to find some elephants their forever home.

They did a truly outstanding job, and I love them for it, thank you so much you amazing people we are so lucky to have your support

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Thrilled to have been chosen as Charity of the Year – Harrison Drury Solicitors

Had a fabulous morning with 2 ladies from Harrison Drury Solicitors today to talk about how they can support us over the coming 12 months as their charity of the year.

There are already some fantastic ideas in place to not only raise funds but to also raise awareness of the work we do.

We are really looking forward to a fantastic year with a lovely team!

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First delivery of 2024 to Ward 3B

We have been to Ward 3B at Alder Hey this week to make a delivery of our Milly Bags.

Our bags are provided for every single new admission onto this ward to help families dealing with an unplanned hospital stay during a very frightening and worrying time.

We want families to know we understand their fears and concerns and whilst we cannot take any of this away we can make that initial time on the ward that little bit easier.

Thank you to Graeme and John for great delivery service and to the fabulous Housekeeper Louise for all her help.

We are so grateful to be making a difference every single day.

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Avidly UK & Canada charity partner 2024

We are honoured to be the chosen charity for 2024 for @Avidly UK & Canada. Milly’s Smiles were chosen after we supported one of the teams family members following their daughter being diagnosed with cancer, several years ago.

We were thrilled to meet with not only the team but also with mum Sam whose daughter we supported.

It was lovely to be able to speak to the staff about our work and explain what we do, whilst also having Sam there to talk about the impact our Milly Bag makes, not only from a practical perspective but an emotional one too.

We are really excited to be working with everyone at Avidly over the next 12 months. They already have some brilliant ideas not only for fundraising but also more practical ways to support us, like bag packing, volunteering at upcoming events, collecting toiletry items and lots more.