Archive: Jul 2014

Sainsbury’s Local Supporting Tiny Lives

Sainsbury’s Local – Gallowgate Newcastle, have come up with a great way to support Tiny Lives throughout 2014-2015 as we are chosen charity of the year for Sainsbury’s Local – Gallowgate Newcastle. 

One of the ways they are supporting Tiny Lives is by kindly donating wonderful treats for the buddy group meetings which are held nearly every month at the RVI, sometimes they can hold a morning of activities in one of Newcastle’s local business.

The buddy group meeting gives parents a chance to catch up if they have lost contact with each other after leaving the unit, it gives parents who currently have babies on the unit the chance to speak to families who have been through similar experiences on the Special Care Baby Unit, staff members also try to attend the buddy group so it’s nice for everyone to catch up and chat about anything you like.  Dads are also more than welcome to the buddy group meeting. 

Sainsbury’s Local – Gallowgate Newcastle, are also helping to support Tiny Lives with parents diaries and progress sticker charts for their babies progress, as well as much other support we provide to the Special Care Baby Unit and the families.

It’s wonderful to receive these kind donations and we can’t thank everyone at Sainsbury’s enough for making this happen.

Over £1000 raised again in loving memory of Ethan Jai.

Stacie and Martin Richardson with Alyssa - fundraising night in loving memory of thier son Ethan Proud Family of Ethan Jai Richardson.


For the second year running Martin and Stacie, parents to Ethan Jai hold the Ethan Jai Memorial Football Tournament.

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Once again Ethan made sure the sun was shining for the football tournament and for all the supporters that came along to support the day, which was packed with other entertainment for the family.

Martin and Stacie who are great supporters of Tiny Lives, organised another excellent day in loving memory of Ethan and everyone at Tiny Lives and The Special Care Baby Unit would like to say another massive thank you to Martin, Stacie and all their family along with friends and supporters on the day.

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Without the official sponsors of the Ethan Jai Memorial and the hard work from Ethan’s family this day would not be as wonderful as it is and it wouldn’t have been possible to raise the wonderful amount of £1137.05, thank you again to Impact Technical, Seaton Buildings, Love is Sweet Company, Seaham Leisure Centre, BJMP Entertainers, Cooper’s Funfair, Dawdon Dancers and Acrobats and everyone who came along with their stalls and not forgetting the footballers and the official referees as without them there would have not been a football tournament.


Ethan Jai’s proud little sister Alyssa with her their cousin Aleesha


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Update on Maximus Tiny Lives

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Last year, Max and Elisabeth donated and fundraised for Tiny Lives in a very unique way.

Please see below some information from their justgiving page in 2012:-

”Maximus Tiny Lives is a 2 year old Pedigree Belted Galloway Heifer. She will be auctioned at Wallets mart in October and all proceeds will be donated to Tiny Lives. She was the last heifer to be born in 2011 before the rather sudden arrival of Minnie and Tillie Welters.

Tiny Lives is an amazing charity which supports Ward 35 Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI. Ward 35 and it’s staff took Minnie and Tillie into their care within their first few hours and gave them everything they needed to get them through the first few weeks of their lives. Within 5 months and a brief spell at the Freeman we were all ready to come home and now we are trying to give something back.

We are looking forward to the sale and raising plenty of much needed funds for this deserving charity but should you wish to donate anything in the mean time please feel free to join in below. Realistically only one very lucky person will have the opportunity to purchase ‘Tiny’ on her big day out but we appreciate that many others of you would like to get involved and give to this very special charity.”


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W have some up to date photos of Maximus Tiny Lives so we though we would share them with you 🙂


We are trying to raise as much as we can for this amazing charity who helped the professionals save our girls tiny lives in 2011. Thanks for your support! Max, Tiz, Minnie & Tillie x



What a day to celebrate….

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Two little fighters turn one.

A great day was held by all who attended Felix and Oliver’s first birthday party, take a look at the link below to see how these little chaps became friends.

Photo 3 Felix and Oliver with Oliver’s mum


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Felix standing tall                    All smiles with Claire


Photo 9 The amazing brothers of Felix

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Amazing video of Flexi which has been put together by his wonderful parents





Brother and Sister return to the Special Care Baby Unit

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We had an amazing visit yesterday at the Special Care Baby Unit, from Paige and Richard Surtees who were both on the unit, they came along to see what their wonderful fundraising is helping to support.

Paige decided she wanted to help little sick babies just like she was when she was born, Paige has held a talk at school about Tiny Lives and the Special Care Baby Unit, along with holding cakes sales and a carnival day. 

Richard, Paige’s big brother is also helping to raise funds for the Special Care Baby Unit as he was also looked after on the unit when he was born.  They are organising a sponsored walk with friends and family and are hoping to raise lots of money to support Tiny Lives, so we can continue supporting the Special Care Baby Unit.

Paige even made this wonderful loom band for a member of staff at Tiny Lives – Thank you





Virigin Media have a fun day



Some amazing fundraising happened yesterday at Virgin Media, Gateshead. 

Different teams within Virgin Media all took part in Virgin Media’s charity day.

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The theme of the day was sport, we had one team named Clyde – who is the mascot for the commonwealth games and another team were characters

from the film Cool Runnings. 


They even had “ladies” going around selling strawberries and cream.



The staff were excellent and it was great to be involved in such a wonderful day.  Thank you.

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