Archive: Sep 2015

Charity Night

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We would like to thank Brian and Rachel along with all their family and friends for raising the wonderful amount of £1375 for Tiny Lives.

Brian kindly organised another charity night this year in loving memory of his wife Ruth, raising funds for Tiny Lives and Macmillan.  With help from friends and family the night was a great success and there was even a special auction held (raising £675) with great auction prizes donated from Toon Legends .

Thank you to the Lindisfarne Club for holding the charity night in their function room, STAN for proving live entertainment, Print North East for printing all the invite tickets and last but not least to everyone who kindly donated a raffle prize, everyone who came on the evening to support this wonderful charity night.

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Great North Run 2015

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Everyone at Tiny Lives would like to say a massive thank you to all our runners who took part in the run on Sunday, it was great to see everyone who came back to the charity marquee for refreshments.  We would also like to say thank you to our wonderful volunteers Andrew, Jill, Ria, Angie and Gordon.  We also had a lovely visit from Alice (above) who was on the SCBU in 2014

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Pat and Jane

Tobin is proud of his Daddy and Uncle


It was lovely to meet Mattie, Cheryl and their little smiler Tobin at the Special Care Baby when they kindly donated over £1k which was raised from Mattie and Jason’s c2c bike ride.

Mattie and Jason decided to take on this challenge after Tobin spent time on the Special Care Baby Unit when he was born this year.

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported Mattie and Jason and not forgetting to thank Mattie and Jason too for cycling 130miles and to Cheryl and Tobin for being a great support team.


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Charity Golf Day 2015

Even with torrential rain, our charity golf day was a great success.

The players never stopped smiling and there was a great atmosphere around Gosforth Golf Club, from putting games in the club house to buying raffle tickets for the presentation evening.

We would like to say a massive thank you to Mike Cramman who kindly organised the charity golf day for the second year running, to everyone who donated a prize, to Sainsbury’s Local for kindly donating the food for the BBQ (which had to be held inside because of the rain 🙁 ), to the Mill Stone Pub for hosting the presentation evening , to the three local bands who kindly support the evening by providing guests with live music.  Not forgetting to say a massive thank you to our wonderful golfers and supporters for making it all happen.

Big thank you to Tesco Bank, Longbenton for kindly allowing members of staff to come along and help on the day.

We couldn’t have done it without any of you – so once again a massive thank you for helping Mike to raise over £2k for Tiny Lives.

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Family Fun Day

It was a great Family Fun Day!  Thanks to all the families at RAF Boulmer for choosing Tiny Lives as their charity of the year.

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The Sky’s the limit

Thank you to Lauren Thorpe who was a very brave lady and completed a sky dive for Tiny Lives and also raised over £600 – a massive thank you again and also to everyone who sponsored Lauren.

‘I wanted to show my appreciation for all of the amazing work neonatal did for my baby Tallulah who was born prematurely sept 14th 2015’.

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Who would have thought…

Looking at Callum Hendry now you would have never thought he was on the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI weighing only 3lb 10oz.

Callum is a big sports fan and enjoys his running, so maybe in a couple of years time Callum will be taking part in the GNR

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Below: Callum’s first Pro Youth game for Queens Park Glasgow

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We would also like to thank Callum’s dad Paul and his two friends Steven and Rob for taking part in this year GNR 2015 for Tiny Lives.

Below is Callum’s story, which is on our website under ‘Your Stories’

Callum was born at 29 weeks weighing just 3lb 10oz on 6th September 2005 at Newcastle RVI while we were on holiday from Scotland in Kielder Forest.  On arrival at Newcastle RVI an emergency caesarean section was carried out as we were advised if Callum was not delivered within about 10 minutes he might not survive. We were told by the consultants that a placental abruption had occurred but we do not know if it was the rapid onset of preterm labour which forced the placenta away or if the placenta came away first bringing labour on.

Callum was then rushed straight to Intensive care where he spent about 24 hours being ventilated before being moved onto CPAP.  His arm was badly bruised due to the difficult delivery and his arm was X-rayed, as there was a chance that it was broken. However this proved to be negative. Callum was stabilised over a period of 8 days in Newcastle RVI and we were lucky enough to have our first cuddles with him during this time.  Callum also received his first blood transfusion at Newcastle RVI, before being transferred to Glasgow Princess Royal Maternity.

During his time at Glasgow Princess Royal Maternity Callum received a second blood transfusion and received 2 doses of antibiotics due to suspected infections but luckily for him these infections proved to be negative.  He was also weaned off CPAP but spent a long time linked to an apnoea monitor and would also suffer from bradicardias right up until about 5 days before going home.

Callum spent a total of 60 days in hospita.l However once he was home we had to pay a visit to Yorkhill Sick Children’s hospital for an MRI scan as there was a suspected bleed close to one of Callums ventricles and his ventricles were also on the larger side of normal and may have been squashing part of his brain.  We were given the good news of this scan on Christmas Eve 2005 showing that there had been a minor bleed but there was nothing to worry about and that his ventricles were not causing a problem.  We could not have asked for a better Christmas present.

The staff at Newcastle RVI saved our son’s life and we owe them so much.  This has encouraged us to raise funds for Tiny Lives over the years and we have recently completed the BUPA Great North Run.  This felt an appropriate way to raise funds for Tiny Lives as the run starts just a short distance from the RVI and we will continue to raise funds in the future.

Paul and Yvonne Hendry