During the Covid-19 pandemic we have continued to work hard to ensure we have been able to keep supplying our Milly Bags when they have been needed.
We feel very privileged that all 3 hospitals that we support consider our Milly Bags an essential service for all newly diagnosed families and as such have allowed us into the hospital to make our deliveries. Children are still being diagnosed with cancer related illnesses every day, and as long as this happens we will continue to support these families.
Our fabulous volunteers David and Vicky made the journey to Manchester Children’s Hospital to deliver 25 Milly Bags to Ward 84, the delivery included our 500th Bag…. whilst we are very proud that we are able to support newly diagnosed families we are extremely aware that 500 children and their families have had their lives turned upside down, with the most devastating news.
As well as delivering to Manchester David and Vicky also crossed the Pennines to Leeds to deliver 25 Milly Bags to Ward L31, we have been supporting Leeds for 10 months and during this time have delivered 69 bags to the hospital.
Alder Hey Hospital had some bad news for us, they had a flood that went into the store room where our bags our kept, resulting in 7 of our Bags becoming contaminated and having to be destroyed. This left the ward without any Milly Bags for their new admissions it also meant we had lost £700 worth of Milly Bags.
Fortunately we managed to quickly make up a further 25 bags and deliver them the following day which took the total amount of bags donated to 160. The hospital trust has also agreed to reimburse us for the cost of the Bags which is very welcome news to us during this difficult time.
We never forget that all of this is possible because of the tremendous support we continue to receive every day, sometimes from the most unexpected of sources. When I started the charity in November 2015, never did I realise how much of an impact we would have with hospitals and newly diagnosed families, and never did I think we would be so well supported over the years. This is pure testament to how loved Milly is and for this I am grateful to every single person who supports us.
To be able to make a difference to so many families in the name of my daughter is an honour.