Archive: Mar 2013

Live Your Dream and Fundraise for Tiny Lives!

Danielle Hughes SkydiveDanielle achieved her dream of skydiving when she was bought a skydiving voucher for Christmas.  It was under a perfect February blue sky that she launched herself into the air with the Peterlee Parachute Centre for her first skydive.  Not content with jumping out of a plane from a great height she decided to use the opportunity to fundraise and has just donated £165 to Tiny Lives.    How can you achieve your ambitions whilst raising funds for Tiny Lives………?

Go Back in Time with Tiny Lives!

Classic Vehicle Rally - Easter 2013 - Edwin Jones - annual bus collectionLook out for Edwin Jones driving his wonderful London Routemaster red double decker bus and fundraising for Tiny Lives!

He’ll be at Kirkby Stephen and Brough Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally held over Easter Saturday & Sunday, 30th & 31st March 2013.

Edwin (Ted) Jones is a popular exhibitor at the rally and will be once again raising funds for Tiny Lives in recognition of the special care his young grandson received at the RVI four years ago when born tiny and premature.

So give Ted a wave and look out for the Tiny Lives collection bucket!



Another Successful Sale

Another hugely successful Nearly New Sale last Saturday organised by Marina and her simply amazingly efficient team of volunteers.  They should give lessons in event fundraising as they have it down to a fine art!  Thank you from all the Tiny Lives committee members and staff. If you have not been to one of these sales with incredibly high quality clothes, toys, and equipment then put the next one in your diary – Saturday 6 July at the Trinity Centre in Gosforth 10.00-1.00pm.

Station to Station Cycle

Station to Station Cycle in loving memory of Charlie David Stephens – 12.04.2012-17.10.2012

On Sunday 19th May, Crew Manager David Stephens from White Watch Charlie is doing a station to station cycle in memory of his Grandson Charlie.

David will be starting at Station Juliet at 9am and ending at Station Charlie.  Collection tins will be placed in each station and the family would be grateful if donations could be made for the charities that helped Charlie.   Charlie was born 3 months early and spent the next 96 days in NICU/SCBU at the RVI.  Tiny Lives provided a lot of equipment for Charlie’s care as well as supporting his parents through a difficult time.  Charlie went home with his parents for 11 weeks before he took ill and spent 12 days in PICU at the RVI before he passed away from meningitis.  The Meningitis Trust supported Charlie’s family after his death.

Read Charlie’s full story and help David and his team raise as much as they can in loving memory of Charlie.  Visit Charlie’s Justgiving page.

Sniper Viper Sarah!

Sniper Viper #2

As a member of the Newcastle Roller Girls Sarah is seriously excited at the prospect of a 26 mile marathon on roller skates!  Training for 12 hours a week she will compete to raise funds for Tiny Lives in memory of her niece Leah who spent time on the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI.  So check out her JustGiving page  and support her skating efforts in the 26 miles Roller Marathon in May.

Farming & Fundraising

Baby Maximus Tiny LivesMeet Maximus Tiny Lives – a story of premature twin girls and a prize heifer!  When Minnie and Tillie arrived dramatically 3 months early in Cumberland Infirmary they were rushed to SCBU at the RVI in Newcastle and stayed there for 5 months.  As farmers, mum and dad came up with an imaginative fundraising idea and decided to dedicate their first halter trained pedigree heifer to Tiny Lives.  More on Maximus and the girls as the weeks and months roll by.

Slim and Support Tiny Lives!

Bedlington Slimming WorldMembers of Bedlington Slimming World have raised £100 for Tiny Lives. Donating the small change from their weekly subscriptions, and holding a raffle, has raised enough money to buy 100 journals for parents whose premature babies are on the Special Care Baby Unit.  These journals and progress stickers help parents chart their babies progress during weeks and months at the RVI.  It’s a great example of how fundraising little and often always makes a huge difference to people’s lives.

A 5 Minute Favour for Tiny Lives

mapDo you live in Stockton?  Can you spare a few minutes to help Tiny Lives?  We need volunteers on Teesside to do a tiny favour and make a big difference for many tiny prem babies and their families.

Prem Baby Mums Get Togethers

Gusto logoTiny Lives wants to know hear from mums who’d like to get together, with their children, and enjoy time out. We are working in partnership with Gusto restaurant on Newcastle quayside who have a family friendly focus – their children’s menu has a ‘Make Your Own Pizza’ with a chef’s hat!  And they provide other entertainment for your children whilst you relax and chat.  So let us know what days and times suit you best and we’ll organise a regular mums and children’s lunch time get together……email Carol at

Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale

Nearly New Sale - ShoppersTitle: Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale
Location: Trinity Church, High Street, Gosforth
Link out: Click here
Description: Fabulous sale of high quality nearly new toys, clothes, and equipment for babies and toddlers.  Be there by 10.00am and join the queue!

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-03-09
End Time: 13:00