Archive: Feb 2016

South Tyneside Homes

Staff at South Tyneside homes support local north east charity Tiny Lives by taking part in various fundraising over Christmas 2015, thank you to everyone who made this lovely donation possible

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A little visit to the SCBU

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It was lovely to show Hollie Anderson around the SCBU and for Hollie to see how her wonderful donation of over £100 will help Tiny Lives to keep supporting the SCBU.



Great North Run Update

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First of all we would like to thank each and every person who has contacted us about running this year’s Great North Run for Tiny Lives. We love to hear the stories behind all of your motivation!

We’re now oversubscribed for guaranteed places for 2016, and the general ballot is now closed. We will contact everyone who has been in touch towards the end of February / beginning of March to let you know if we are able to offer you a space.

If you DO have a space through the general ballot and would like to run for Tiny Lives, please let us know so we can send you a fundraising pack, a runners vest and include you in Team Tiny Lives!

If you DIDN’T manage to get through the ballot there is a chance we may be able to offer you a place in June. We can’t confirm anything yet but let us know if you would like us to try and secure you one. Please do bear in mind this only leaves three months for training, so is more suited to those who are already keen runners.

However, there are still places available for the Great North 10K which takes place across the iconic Gateshead Quayside on Sunday 3rd July, enter here, but remember to let us know you’re running!

If you know any Mini or Junior runners, don’t forget about the Mini (1.5km for 3-8 year olds) and Junior (4km for 9-16 year olds) Great North Runs which take place on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside on Saturday 10 September, find out more here.

UPDATE: Unfortunately The Mini Great North Run is now full and cannot accept any more runners. Sorry!


AkzoNobel Ashington


Colleagues at AkzoNobel Ashington work together to raise the wonderful amount of £3,176 in 2015, from various fundraising events

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Stagecoach Santa’s Collect a Whopping £9100 for three local charities

Staff at local bus operator Stagecoach North East in Newcastle are spreading some late festive cheer after raising over £9,000 for three north east charities in their annual Christmas fundraising campaign.

During December, bus drivers and staff at the Walkergate bus depot swapped their uniforms for festive costumes in a bid to raise funds for local charities Tiny Lives, Children North East and Caring for Kian. To help boost the collections, staff handed out gifts including sweets and festive novelties, and smashed last year’s total of £6,900.

Thanks to the incredible generosity from passengers, £7,840 was collected on board throughout December, with the people of Newcastle digging deep into their pockets and donating to causes which are well-known and loved across the region. The company contributed a further £1260 to bring the total to £9,100.

Cheques for over £3,000 each were collected by the charities and the monies raised will be used to further support the great work being done for poorly and disadvantaged youngsters in the north east.

The Tiny Lives Trust helps to care for premature and sick new-born babies and their parents in the Special Care Baby Unit of the Newcastle Neonatal Service based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. Founded in 1891, the charity is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Carol Meredith, Head of Tiny Lives: said: “The staff at Stagecoach make a lot of families very happy when they dress up in their Christmas outfits to fundraise for Tiny Lives.  They enter into the festive spirit every Christmas – and have done for many years now – and their fundraising helps so many local families at a very difficult time.  We can’t thank them enough for their wonderful energy, enthusiasm, and long-term support for Tiny Lives and our work with premature babies and their families.”

David Wakefield, Operations Manager for the Walkergate depot, said: “I’m really proud of our staff for going above and beyond and getting into the Christmas spirit by dressing up as Santa, all in the name of charity. They’ve raised a fantastic amount, which will make a big difference to Tiny Lives, Children North East and Caring for Kian. Special thanks go to our passengers who kindly donated to the charities onboard the buses. A large proportion of our staff get involved in charity, fundraising and community work throughout the year and we look forward to a successful 2016.”

The charity Caring for Kian was set up for two-year old Kian Musgrove to help raise funds in his fight against cancer. Kian was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in October 2013 and since then has been receiving treatment, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy, at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Devastatingly for the family, Kian suffered a recent relapse, for which further treatment cannot be offered in the UK, and the family is now building up a fund of £550,000 for pioneering treatment in the United States.

Kat Musgrove, mother of Kian, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Stagecoach for their amazing, kind, caring support; it really means the world and more to us. Kian is currently undergoing chemotherapy and after a period of recovery, there is a high chance that we will be going to the US for further treatment, providing we have enough money. But the longer Kian waits, the less chance he has of surviving, as the cancer is so aggressive, so we need all the help we can.”

If you would like to help raise funds for Caring for Kian, please visit For updates, please follow ‘Caring for Kian’ on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

Children North East works with children, young people and their parents who are living in poverty or whose lives are disadvantaged because of family misfortune.

Carol Taylor, Senior Fundraiser at Children North East, said: “This is such fantastic news and only strengthens our belief in the north east being such a warm and generous community. In the early days our founders fought against inequality and poverty, offering children hope and a better future. Despite all the years in between we are still working for the same outcomes and with the help and support received from Stagecoach at Walkergate and their passengers we really can and do make a difference. Thank you to everyone who has given so generously.”

Across the six Stagecoach depots, staff raised an impressive £16,000 for various charities over the festive period, which included a donation for each depot from Stagecoach North East.

For further information about Stagecoach North East please visit

Iron Butt Challenge (UK end to end)

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In the summer of 2016, Gordon Stuart will attempt his latest charity motorbike challenge for Tiny Lives when he will aim to ride the length of the UK in less than 24 hours!


The ride, known in motorbike circles as the Iron Butt Challenge (UK end to end), will see Gordon test his endurance and motorbike riding skills to complete the 837 mile trip in a single day. He’s doing this amazing test of his riding skills to fundraise after his daughter was born premature and spent time on the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI in Newcastle.

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Check out his previous heroic efforts and his planned trip fundraising for Tiny Lives:

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P&G Support Tiny Lives

A huge thank you to P&G for raising an incredible £25,000 for Tiny Lives!  P&G staff have been amazing, fundraising all year. 

Through their generosity, Fiona, the Social Worker on the RVI Special Care Baby Unit, can continue to help families by  providing practical, emotional, and financial support. 

Thank you P&G!!

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