Archive: Aug 2014

Buddy Group for Parents South of the River…..

Tiny Lives Buddy Group poster – south tyneside

Take a look below a mum has set up a buddy group for parents in South Tyneside.

My Name is Sharon McLeod and August 2013 we welcomed into the world our little miracle Edith.  After a pretty complicated pregnancy she was born at 27 weeks.  Edith had had growth restrictions throughout the pregnancy, I had been told that she was about 4 weeks behind in size, when she was born she weighed 530g (1lb 2oz). Edith had many ups and downs during her journey through Special Care but after 22 weeks on the unit we were eventualy allowed to bring her home in January 2014 (Yippee!!!!). We are just about approaching Edith’s 1st birthday and she is doing so well, she has overcame so much in her little life and we are very proud indeed.

 Since being discharged we have been to the Buddy Group once or twice and I think it is a fantastic group with mums supporting each other because when you are discharged from the unit its not like we can all just go back to normallity and for some of us our children have additional needs and our lives will never be the same again. However we all know  how it feels to watch our children fight for their lives, they fight so hard and they don’t even know what they are fighting for. I feel that we are lucky to have our Buddy Group where we can offload our stresses and our anxieties with other mums/friends who understand just what we have gone through or maybe still going through (and we don’t have to explain the medical terms either). At the moment we have our Buddy Group at the RVI and i believe the next one is as far away as Darlington so I thought that we would benefit from one south of the river too. As of Monday 1st of September we will now hold a Buddy Group at St Johns Church Hall  in Hebburn, this group will run EVERY Monday from 1pm-3pm. It would be good to see some of our mums/dads and little ones for a catch up and a cuppa (and maybe a biscuit).

 Please feel free to contact me on 07951142957 for more information.

 The address for church is

 St Johns

Canning Street


NE31 2UP

Whitehaven to Tynemouth in one day


Well done to Nigel and his friends for completing the challenge they set for themselves, cycling from Whitehaven to Tynemouth in one day.  Nigel decided to take this personal challenge on and support Tiny Lives after his grandson Ruairi spent time on the Special Care Baby Unit.  Thank you and Well done from everyone at Tiny Lives and the Special Care Baby Unit.


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From Tough Mudders to Fashion Shows and lots more

We have had some great fundraising so far this year from buskers night to Tough Mudders to Memorial football tournaments to fashion shows to It’s a Knockout 2014 and this is only naming a few,  here are some pictures of our great supporters in action.   


Buskers Night held by Harton Sports Centre

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Tough Mudder in Scotland

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Tesco Bank Fashion Show

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Tough Mudder in York

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Memorial Football Tournament in loving memory of Ethan

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It’s a Knockout 2014

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Celebrating 1st Birthdays while fundraising

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With all your support we can continue to support babies and families on the Special Care Baby Unit and also staff members. Thank you very much, we are what we are because of you.

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