52 Lives

#75 Millie

Request: Help with Christmas gifts / Donations for her treatment

This week, 52 Lives would like to help a little girl from Falkirk, Scotland, called Millie.

Millie is 3 years old and was diagnosed with a stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer a few months ago. She's in Glasgow Royal Hospital for Sick Children receiving treatment. It’s a long and gruelling process. At the stage her cancer is at, there are so many treatments needed - chemotherapy, surgery to remove the primary tumour, high dose chemotherapy with stem cell support, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and monoclonal antibody treatment. It will take around a year.

Millie’s father, Dean, works as a joiner with Falkirk Council and her mum, Lynsey, is a neo-natal nursery nurse at Forth Valley She has two brothers - Ryan, who has cerebral palsy, and Aidan. This family's life has been turned upside down, and watching Millie go through so much at such a young age is devastating for them.

They’re confident Millie will beat this but the sad truth about this type of cancer is that 80% of children who have recovered will then relapse in the following few years. Treatment is not yet available in the UK for relapses so the families affected either have to fundraise for treatment abroad or give up hope. So Millie’s family, and their local community, have begun fundraising so they can take Millie to the US for preventive treatment.

This lovely family, Dean, Lynsey, Ryan, Aidan and Millie, have so much to deal at the moment. We would love to do something kind for them to help make their life a little bit easier - or even just to bring a smile to the children's faces.

What We Need

1. Gift cards – To help Dean and Lynsey buy Christmas presents for their children. Every spare pound they have at the moment is going toward raising funds for Millie’s treatment, which will leave them very little for anything else. Gift cards will help them buy some special gifts for the children this Christmas.

2. Donations – Towards Millie’s treatment. The family has so far raised £20,000 of their £100,000 target. We’d like to help them get a little bit closer.

How to buy a Gift Card 

Buy a ToysrUs Gift Card online
Buy a Currys e-Gift Card online

Shipping address:
Millie McColl
52 Lives
24 Old Farm Road
Hampton, TW12 3RL

(Telephone: Please use your own telephone number during the checkout process)

NB. E-gift cards can be sent to jaime@52-lives.org

How to Make a Donation

Click here to visit the family's fundraising page and make a donation towards Millie's treatment

Or cheques made payable to Millie McColl can be sent to:

52 Lives
PO Box 329
Hampton, TW12 9DF


What We Did

Raised £4500 in donations - in just minutes people had donated hundreds of pounds, and by the end of the week, the total was £4,500. Millie's story has also made it into The Mirror (thanks to some talented dancing nurses!) and the total now stands at more than £7000. It is just amazing.

Donated £500 in gift cards and presents- we received almost £500 in gift cards for Millie's family to help with Christmas presents, which I will send up to them this week so they can start their Christmas shopping. And some wonderfully kind people have sent gifts for Millie as well.

Thanks so much to all of the people who donated online (there are too many of you to name!), to all of the anonymous givers, and to those who sent cheques, gift cards and presents - Lucas, Glynnis Fenner, Shelley Hallom, S A Walshaw, Mary Wallace, Stephanie Tucker, Emma Farncombe, Emma Loft, Joanna Tonkin, Leah Pargeter, Claire Matthew, Shannon, Vicky, Tina Broom, Helen Oultan, Lesley Andreson, Jo Snowball, The Pearce Family, R Wolfe, S MacIver, Katrina, Pulanta, The Duck family, Monique Somer, and Steffie from www.madebysteffieb.co.ukwho is making some special things for her.

Thanks everyone. You've helped to make this family's life a little bit easier at a time when they really needed it.

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