Archive: Dec 2013

Catherine McKinnell MP visits Ward 35


Catherine McKinnell, Member of Parliament for Newcastle North, visited the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI on Friday (13th December) to see the work being done by the Tiny Lives charity to support the parents and staff at the unit.

Every year, 700+ premature or ill newborn babies are admitted to the hospital from across the North East and Cumbria, with up to 34 babies being looked after at any one time, many of whom spend many weeks and months on the unit.

Tiny Lives was set up to support the Newcastle Neonatal Service at the RVI by helping raise funds to buy extras not provided by the NHS.

Catherine said of the visit: ‘I am very impressed by the work of the staff at the unit and the care and attention given to the very vulnerable babies and their parents is incredible, at what can be a very difficult time.

‘Having a charity such as Tiny Lives supporting the unit is a really valuable resource and it was great to hear about their many plans for the future to help support parents and their babies at the RVI.’

Keith Nicholson, Head of Tiny Lives said of the visit: ‘We are really fortunate to have Catherine visit us and help highlight the work of the staff on the unit, and it is a real pleasure to be able to show her first hand the work funded by our many fundraisers’.

‘The 12 Parkruns of Christmas.’

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We’re delighted to announce that Paul, Ross and Lee (and hopefully others!) will be running an event called ‘The 12 parkruns of Christmas.’

The exact list of which parkruns we will be running and in what order, is yet to be finalised. We’ve chosen the shortest day of the year to attempt this challenge, Saturday the 21st of December. We’re expecting to get an early start and hopefully make an official parkrun at 9am. The total distance we’ll run will be 60km, that’s 37.2822715 miles to be exact! they also have their personal fitness blog over at:

Last year after doing ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ challenge: