Archive: Aug 2015

Back to the SCBU

Please Credit Picture:Keith Taylor

Cheque donation

Thank you to Darlington Building Society for kindly donating £1000 after Chris’s little boy spent time on the SCBU.

It was lovely to meet Chris, Rheanne and Finnian at the SCBU.  They returned a few months after Finnian spent time on the SCBU after getting into difficulties when he was born.

Chq banner and miniboo

Please Credit Picture:Keith Taylor

Cheque Donation

Thank You to MTREC…

….for kindly sponsoring our running vests for the fourth year.

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We even have our very own Tiny Lives models…

Tobin Bone

Tobin Bone spent time on the Special Care Baby Unit when he was born and is supporting his dad and friend Jason while they take part in a 130 mile bike ride for Tiny Lives


Joey - Running Vest 2

Joey Laughton was born on the 25th August 2011 at 37+1 weeks, weighing 5lb 5oz. Due to low blood sugar and spent time on the Special Care Baby Unit.  Joey is taking part in the mini great north run 2015 – we wish him lots of running luck and a massive thank you.  Joey’s mum, Kay, is also supporting Tiny Lives by taking part in the GNR 2015

Calling all our golf enthusiasts…


Support the Tiny Lives Golf Day at Gosforth Golf Club on Friday 14 August 2015

Then enjoy live music, food, and a presentation evening at The Millstone

£25 per person entry fee….sponsor a hole for £20.

Raffle prizes include signed sports memorabilia and a title, Be a laird for ever!

Cycle Ride 2015

Take a look at the below log of a group of friends supporting their local charity.

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Thank you……

  • Brian Rowell
  • Johnny Ball
  • Shaun Rowell
  • Jamie Darling
  • Martin Hunter
  • Martin Cook
  • Matt Dunthorpe
  • Anthony Ellis
  • Gavin Maxwell


The first half of the day was a nice gentle stroll down to Ponteland to meet the support van, the only real moments of drama occurring due to a puncture and a stray dog which caused a couple of riders to come off.

No harm done though, and despite this all riders made it to Ponteland for a quick water refill and a 10 minute soak as the heavens opened.

We then left Ponteland and headed to Matfen where the number of people painting pictures (3) far outnumbered the places serving food (1) – as someone commented “We cycled so fast we’ve travelled back in time to 1930s England!”

We grabbed a quick sandwich though and set of for the next stage.

The second half of the day was a bit tougher with a few big hills thrown in (or so we thought), although there were a few enjoyable downhill stretches too.

We then all arrived in Bellingham to meet up with the support drivers and check into the bunkhouse for the night, before having a well-earned meal! The Ribs were a particular highlight!

All in though we had completed approximately 56 miles I believe.

After an average night’s sleep in beds that were clearly made for people under 5 foot 8, we were almost ready for Day 2.

‘Almost’ turned into ‘completely’ once Brian had knocked up a full English breakfast for everyone.

 Day 2 can only be described as a complete war of attrition!

It was a slog from start to finish and included several monster hills (It turned out that yesterday’s hills were mere bumps in the road!), some awful rocky and unfinished terrain, a ridiculous amount of midge bites and distance markers that were clearly designed by someone on the wind up!

However we all ploughed on and after a nice lunch stop which included some much needed homemade Lasagne, we made it to our Travelodge in Carlisle.

One of the riders had to leave at this point due to a prior arrangement for Saturday morning, but the rest had a quick shower and out for some food and refreshments.

Today we had completed just over 68 miles.

After a better night’s sleep in the Travelodge beds, we all headed for the local Wetherspoon for another full English breakfast to help us on our way for Day 3.

This was much, much better than day 2, and while there were still a few hills, there were quite a few enjoyable stretches where we could take in the scenery and enjoy the surroundings.

We made it to Cockermouth for Lunch and grabbed a quick sandwich before heading off for the last stretch, although one of the riders had to go his own route on road as he needed to catch a train home.

After a fairly leisurely last 20 miles or so, we finally made it into Whitehaven to complete the challenge, and dip our tyres in the sea.

In total today I think we had completed about 56 miles to make the total around 180 miles over the 3 days.

Everybody was shattered but relieved to have completed the challenge, and ready to head to the guest house for a shower before heading out for some food and more well-earned drinks.

I left for the train at this point, but from reports there was a fair bit of alcohol, a lot of karaoke singing and a few hangovers the next morning!

A special mention must be made to Brian and Johnny the 2 support drivers, as they did a phenomenal job of running the support van, ensuring food and water supplies were up, keeping everyone’s morale up etc.

We couldn’t have done it without them.

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2016 Challenge…

Wing Walking SAMSUNG CSC

Looking for a challenge in 2016, yep 2016 why not give yourself a few months to prepare for some of the following…..

  • The National 3 Peaks Challenge
  • The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
  • The Lakes Biggest and Longest Challenge
  • Wing Walking
  • Tandem Skydiving
  • Overseas Challenges (Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu)

All challenges are organised through Life Changing Challenges and all monies raised will come straight to Tiny Lives

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Thank You OGN Group…

….Four Local Charities Benefit from the Safety Incentive Scheme Funds

OGN and their clients are pleased to announce the latest round of safety incentive scheme charitable donations courtesy of the safety incentive scheme. The recipients, each receiving a cheque for £1,500 were Tiny Lives, Saras Hope Foundation, Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity and 8-year-old Joseph Warren.

To read more about OGN and the four charities that have benefited from this lovely donation, please read their news letter

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