We hope everyone is managing to keep well and safe during this very worrying time. The team at Milly’s Smiles are all following government guidelines and staying home to save lives and protect the NHS. Personally I work as a District Nurse, very much on the front line visiting sick patients who are being nursed at home. Staying home is not an option that I have.
The charity are aware that we have been quiet since the country went on lock down. We are busy behind the scenes preparing for when the country gets back to normal. The support to our hospital’s has not changed during this pandemic, all wards were well stocked with Milly Bags prior to the lock-down and so far we haven’t had any requests for additional Milly Bag as of yet.
Despite the strain on the NHS, children are still being diagnosed with cancer related illnesses and our Milly Bags continue to being given out. No family would ever choose to be given one of our bags, but should they sadly find themselves in hospital with their child they are so very thankful to have the support our bags provide. We have received some lovely messages from families who have been in the awful position of receiving a Milly Bag.
“Hi, we have had the devastating news that no parent ever wants to hear and we have received a Milly’s Smiles Bag. Our 3 year old daughter Olivia loves her rainbow blanket, thank you so much xxx”
“We received our Milly’s smiles bag on Wednesday just gone, we wasn’t expecting to stay in the night so when one of the lovely nurses at children Manchester hospital brought one to us it honestly brought tears to my eyes an amazing thought and idea for partners who don’t expect to stay and was so useful and beautiful to have,my daughter Matilda is only 11 months old and she loved the blanket and little teddy’ who we’ve named Elsie“
To all our families who are self-isolating to keep their children safe, we send our thoughts and our love.
Please everyone, keep yourselves and your families safe.