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If you feel that you can help Milly – even in a small way - we would be so grateful.  Please visit our donate page to donate via our PayPal account. If you wish to make a donation by cheque, please email or call us.

Alex and Sam:

"We have never had to write a ‘begging’ letter before but it is time to swallow our pride and do whatever is needed to be able to make good decisions and give Milly the happiest life possible. Now that we have made the decision to go ahead with Milly's surgery, we know that there will be lots of costs involved with caring for Milly and her developing needs.

There is a huge fear of the unknown and we are taking great strength in being able to be together as a family at this time.

We know there are many charities and pleas for help out there but if you could offer your help in this case, we want only to give our daughter the best chance of living, in the best possible way."

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Welcome to Milly's News Page

Here we will keep you updated with the latest from Milly and her family.

Update March 2013

It has been a while since we have once again thanked all of you who have supported the Adkins Family and updated you on how Milly is getting on.  

Time has been very kind to Milly and her family, and they have enjoyed many more months of Milly’s life than had otherwise been predicted by the neuro surgeons at Oxford. Milly has been well of late and the family has had many many wonderful fun filled moments with her (thanks to the appeal money!).  And they continue to have family days out and enjoy occasional treats, which they all thoroughly enjoy.

On a recent MRI scan in Oxford it did appear that Milly’s tumour size is increasing but Milly has not, until recently, experienced many problems associated with its growth.

The family were advised that in order to preserve Milly’s sight for as long as possible it might be advantageous for Milly to have weekly chemotherapy at Northampton General Hospital.  She is now on her 4th week of treatment and she is coping with such courage and grace – she never ever complains and takes all the hospital visits in her stride.

Recently Milly has had to be admitted to hospital on several occasions with medical problems associated with the tumour growth - and the family has asked me to sincerely thank you all again for supporting the appeal to help Milly.  The money raised continues to allow the family to spend as much time with her as possible, without feeling the pinch of loss of earnings. 

The appeal money is also being used to buy lots of craft activities for Milly, as when Milly is having chemotherapy she is not able to go to school or go into public places, as she is at great risk of infection.

I have to say in closing that ..... If ever I have been inspired by any one person in my life, it is Milly.  She is so brave and, although she is frustrated at not being able to do a lot of things that her friends now are able to do, she remains happy and positive.

Again, if I may kindly ask you to be careful with what you say in Milly’s presence, the family would be really grateful. 

Love Linda (family friend)

Update on Milly July 2012

Tuesday 24 July

It has now been 4 months since we ran the ‘Helping Milly Appeal’ and we wanted to say again how grateful we all are to every one who has supported us. Sam and Alex have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of all those amazing people who have supported the appeal and also those who have written the most lovely letters and emails of support.

The appeal money is being used very wisely and carefully, and is making a massive difference to the family. Here are some examples of what the money has been used for so far:

The family have taken Milly on wonderful days out including: Lego land; twycross zoo; The London Natural history Museum; Cinema visits; lots of swimming trips, and Milly’s most favorite outing of all - horse riding a little shetland pony. Milly and Max have thoroughly enjoyed their adventures and outings as a family.

The appeal money has also been used to purchase some equipment for Milly to make her life easier as her physical condition requires it.  She gets very tired and some days she is not able to walk very far and now uses a wheel chair so she is able to carry on doing all the things she enjoys.

The Adkins family have managed to move to a lovely house in Woodford to be near their very supportive extended family.  Milly now has her own bedroom (In their previous house Milly shared a bedroom with her little brother Max) so in time to come when it is needed her medical care can be delivered to her at home.  The donations to the appeal have also been used to make Milly’s bedroom really pretty and have purchased for her a double bed so Alex and Sam can snuggle down with her when she needs company and cuddles.

Milly has now been registered severely visually impaired and her poor eyesight does mean that she trips over things that she cannot see.  Again the appeal has funded the garden machinery to make the garden safe so she can enjoy playing outside with Max and her dog Cookie without tripping or hurting herself.

Most importantly, the kindness of everybody who have supported the ‘helping Milly Appeal’ has given the family the priceless gift of being able to spend quality time together and for Sam to go to all the hospital appointments with the family.

Milly is amazing! Anyone who meets her is totally blown away by her bravery and courage.  She still has the ability to hug you so tight that you think your head will pop off ,and she copes so well with her progressing symptoms.  Milly now experiences headaches, nausea and vomiting. Alex and Sam have been advised that these are all symptoms are associated with the growth of the brain tumour but at present most of the symptoms are controlled by medication.

Milly has taught me so much and when I get caught up in my own little world and worry about trivia, I am reminded that there is a very special 9-year-old girl in Woodford who copes with more difficulties on a day-to-day basis than most adults experience in a life time and she never ever complains.

The family will keep you all informed via this email tree if anything changes.

But in the mean time – once again, thank you all so much for your kindness and support. Again we ask that if you see Milly please be really careful what you say to her or around her as she does not know the situation and we do not want her to be frightened.  Thank you

Love Linda (family Friend)

Update on Milly’s Situation 11th April 2012

Milly, who is 8, has a brain tumour which was diagnosed at the age of 4 but has recurred. In January this year the family was told that her condition was life threatening, but there was the option of surgery which may give them some more time together.

Milly underwent brain Surgery in Oxford on 7th March but sadly the operation was unsuccessful, the tumour had grown too big and the surgeons were not able to reduce its size.

There was an option of more surgery, which could have extended Milly’s life for a short while, but there were too many significant complications to go ahead with such a massive operation.

We are still raising funds for Milly and your generosity is greatly appreciated. The next few months will be hard in many ways for Milly and her family. ALL the funds raised will help the family cope with Milly’s developing needs and enable them to have some really wonderful days out together.

We are asking for your help to raise money, as soon as possible, to help the Adkins family during this difficult time.

Milly is home from hospital

Tuesday 13 March

Milly was allowed to come home this morning and Alex and Same are thrilled to be all together as a family once more.

Milly has to rest and be settled as much as possible, and Alex and Sam have asked if visitors could wait until after the weekend. (Could you ring first)

They again want to thank all their amazing friends who have supported them and also to extend their thanks to Robins Ward at the John Radcliff Hospital in Oxford for looking after Milly so well.

An amazing response to fundraising for Milly an update.

Sunday 11 March

We are thrilled to announce that Luke Dawson's total amount collected from his open mic night on Thursday 8th March raised a fantastic £834.00. Thank you so much to everyone who came along to support him and his friends at the Racehorse.

Today at the Saints during a bucket shake for Milly the kindness of the Saints players, fans and supporters throwing in donations to our buckets raised a staggering £2292.68.

We are overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the Northampton people in helping this gorgeous little girl at this time. I can assure you that every penny that has been donated will reach the Adkins family, and will make a massive difference to them during this difficult time.

Thank you so much

Milly's Operation Outcome

Friday March 9 2012

Alex and Sam are hugely proud of how Milly has coped with her surgery. Immediately after the operation her Surgeon Jay seemed optimistic that he had managed to remove some of Milly's tumour and the family felt that this was a positive step forward.

Very sadly it transpired on an MRI scan yesterday that in fact the surgeon had not been able to remove the substance of the tumour.What he had removed was purely scar tissue resulting from a previous operation when Milly was 4 and her tumour size (despite the major operation) has remained unchanged.

Alex and Sam are now facing more bewildering decisions as to how to proceed to help Milly. There is an option of more surgery next week, but that is much more dangerous than her initial operation that she had on Wednesday.

Alex and Sam wanted to again say to everyone that the encouragement and love they have received from their friends and family are sustaining them and it is this love that is helping them at this really difficult time.

Milly has her operation

Thursday March 8 2012

Milly has had her operation.  It took approximately 8 hours, she is now in the High Dependency Unit in the neuro-surgical ward in Oxford.

Sam and Alex:

"A massive thank you to every one who has supported us, it is a really big comfort to us to know that there are so many people that are behind us and care for us.  Today has been really hard and we have been frightened all day –this day has been the longest!

It is very early days for Milly, but we have been told that the next 48 hours could be full of big ‘ups and downs’. We will not know for some time how the surgery will impact on Milly’s life until she is truly awake; but we hope with all our hearts that her surgeon, Jay, has managed to make the tumour small enough so that further treatment options could be available to us.

Milly has been so brave today and we are really proud of her."

Love Alex and Sam xx

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