Castle Park School 100K Relay raises £2074.00!

Last year we received some tremendous support from Castle Park School in Kendal. They held a fundraiser for Milly’s Smiles after one of the teachers son’s was diagnosed with cancer and received a Milly Bag.
Mum Alice told us that Albert absolutely loves his bag and insisits on taking it with him every time he visits the hospital.
To raise money ten members of staff ran a 10K course in paired relays, over 1 day, which totalled 100K.
The pupils did a great job in cheering them on at various times during the day.
In addition, the children were also able to take part in fun activities themselves to raise money, these included throwing wet sponges at the teachers!
In total a wonderful £2074 was raised!
A huge thank you to all the staff and children involved, and a massive thank you to Albert and his parents for choosing Milly’s Smiles.
We send lots of love to Albert for his ongoing treatment.


Christmas Wreath Making Afternoon for Angel Families

On Sunday we have had the pleasure of several Ward 84 (now 86) Angel families joining us at Milly’s Smiles.
We had an afternoon of Christmas Wreath Making, and by the end of the session we had produced some brilliant creations!
A huge thank you to Debbie and Roly from Ewood Florist who were brilliant teachers and made the afternoon very enjoyable.
Thank you also to everyone who joined us, it was a lovely afternoon and it was so nice to see everyone enjoying themselves.

Last Delivery of the Year to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

On Friday our last delivery for this year went out to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
We had a new delivery driver who was a little camera shy but did a great job of delivering 22 Milly Bags along with selection boxes for Ward 3B.
Massive thank you to everyone for your continued support, and to everyone who has fundraised for us this year.
Together we are making a huge difference to newly diagnosed families every day.

UK Points of Light Award Winner

Points of Light are outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community.
Every week day the Prime Minister awards an outstanding volunteer or charity leader for their inspirational service as a ‘Point of Light’.
Today I am the 1810th Winner!
This has come as such a huge surprise, and I feel extremely humbled to be able to accept this on behalf of Milly, in recognition of the work I do with her charity.

Thank you Class 1K at Booker Avenue Infants School

We would like to say a huge thank you to Class 1K at Booker Avenue Infants School in Liverpool.
One of the pupils Albert was recently diagnosed with leukaemia and received a Milly Bag from Ward 3B.
Albert’s mum spoke very highly of Milly’s Smiles and so a few of the mums got together to try and raise some money for us.
A raffle was organised which was very successful and raised a total amount of £1215.00.
This is truly wonderful, thank you to all the mums and children from Class 1K, you have helped us to continue making a difference every day to familes like Albert.

Lucy’s Mammoth Litter Pick

We would like to give a huge shout out to 11 year old Lucy.
Lucy has been wanting to fundraise for Milly’s Smiles for some time, ever since her dad told her all about our work and how we support newly diagnosed families.
Coming up with an idea of what to do proved difficult for Lucy until she was out on a walk in Bolton and was flabbergasted to see how much litter was on the ground.
This gave her an idea, between half term and Christmas Lucy will complete 10 hours of litter picking around her local community all to raise money for Milly’s Smiles…..
‘Lucy’s Mammoth Litter Pick’.
Last weekend Lucy started her challenge and has completed 3 hours so far over the 2 weekends.
Mum Jill told me “it was very a chilly morning – we had numb fingers and faces but chatting about Milly and the charity kept Lucy going”.
We think this is simply awesome and wish Lucy lots of luck with the rest of her challenge ❤️🌈😊🎗

Leeds Children’s Hospital receives their 3rd delivery of the year.

Our delivery team headed over to Leeds this week.  They were taking our third delivery of the year to Ward L31 at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

We have been supporting Ward L31 for 2 years and have delivered a total of 149 Milly Bags to the ward.  This works out at a cost of £20,860 in total.

We never celebrate sending out our Milly Bags, in fact we would much rather there be no need for them, however the reality is that they are very much needed.

Being able to provide some comfort and support to families during such a difficult time is very much a privilege to us and we feel blessed to be able to do this every single day.

We know this is not possible without the tremendous support we receive from so many companies and individuals, and for that we thank you so very much.


Wardrobe by Simone raise £309 for Milly’s Smiles

A huge thank you to Wardrobe By Simone for the incredible funds raised by customers for Milly’s Smiles.
Wardrobe by Simone told us “My niece, Emma, was diagnosed with leukaemia at 3 months old & I can’t put into words how earth shattering that feels for a family. Milly”s Smiles Bags bring comfort to all those newly diagnosed with Cancer, they are truly incredible.
Emma is now 2 years old & Our little Warrior Princess is doing so well!
She has now been in remission for 11 Months.
We feel so grateful that she is a happy, mischievous & cheeky toddler!
She is the strongest most incredible little girl, I am so proud I get to be her auntie”.
We would love to continue to support Milly’s Smiles & their incredible work. They show families they care in a time of darkness & we will be forever grateful for our Milly Bag ”
Thank you so much to everyone, this means so much to us, it is especially lovely to see Emma doing so well.

Runners take on the Lands End to John O’Groats challenge

Over the last 10 months Tess and friends have been taking on a charity challenge of running the distance of Lands End to John O Groats, which is a total distance of 874 miles.
There have been 50 runners taking on this challenge with some as far away as Australia.
Milly’s Smiles are thrilled to be one of the charity’s that they have been supporting.
Tess’s son Drew was aged 13 when he was diagnosed with stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with leukaemia in the lymph nodes and an 8cm tumour behind his nose.
Drew was treated at Ward 84 at Royal Mancehster Children’s Hospital and it was here that he received his Milly Bag.
Thankfully Drew is doing really well and is home and in remission.
We received £2077.52 this week which is just amazing. We are so in awe of this challenge and very grateful to Tess and everyone involved. Thank you so much for choosing Milly’s Smiles, we feel very blessed.

20 September 2021 – 6 year anniversary

“I love her with the utmost love of which my soul is capable, and she was taken from me. Yet in the agony of my spirit in surrendering such a treasure, I feel a thousand times richer than if I had never possessed it”.
William Wordsworth