Archive: May 2016

Lana Kaye Murphy Memorial Football Match 2016

On Saturday 30 April 2016, Lana Kaye Murphy second memorial football match took place at Mariner’s Park, South Shields and raised £2k.

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Little Rock Rovers vs FC ET Iris 24.10

At the end of the match it was 2-0 to Little Rock Rovers.

The meaning of the team names are (Lana means little rock in Gaelic) and Et Iris 24.10 (Et Iris is Latin for rainbow and rainbow is reference to the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which was played at Lana’s funeral.  The 24.10 is Lana birth date.)

Thank you to all team members, family and friends who supported the day, by selling raffle tickets, baking cakes, donating food for the team and guests after the match and not forgetting everyone who made donations towards the wonderful raffle that took place on the evening.

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BBC Newcastle visit the Special Care Baby Unit


Anna Foster visited Dr Nicholas Embleton and Ward Sister and Bereavement Lead Sarah Stephenson at the Special Care Baby Unit for an incredibly emotional and powerful interview on twin loss and the effects on parents and families, hearing how staff are focusing on family support.

Listen to Dr Nicholas Embleton @ 17 minutes and Ward Sister and Bereavement Lead Sarah Stephenson @ 37 minutes on the BBC iPlayer below.

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You can also read more about the Butterfly Project and feedback your own thoughts here.

Virtual 5k – Run for Rafa!

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There are all sorts of ways to fundraise for a cause close to your heart and Kayleigh and Tim are organising a first for Tiny Lives!

They are organising a 5k with a differences… a ‘virtual 5k’ which you can run on your terms, anytime during July, by yourself, with a group, on a track, along your favourite countryside route… even on a treadmill if you fancy but with all the perks of a 5k too!

Medal? Check
Leader board? Check
Spot prizes?! Check!!

And as the name will suggest, there’s a very special inspiration behind the 5k…

“In July 2015 our son, Rafa, made his sudden arrival 17 weeks early. At 580g (1lb 3oz) he was one of the smallest babies cared for at the RVI in Newcastle. During his 4 month stay, we saw how much of an impact the Tiny Lives Trust has on these miracle babies and their families. They support the Special Care Baby Unit by funding research, they pay for additional staff such as physiotherapists and breastfeeding support workers, they provide memory boxes, christening gowns, developmental aides – as well as a whole host of other things you would never know you need until your baby is taken into Neonatal Intensive Care.” – Kayleigh and Tim

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Rafa in the Special Care Baby Unit.

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Rafa 6 months later!

Keep up to date at or join in and Run for Rafa here.

Silent Auction for Zachary

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There is a silent charity auction being held at the Staiths Café , Gateshead in loving memory of Zachary  

 Why not pop along for a light lunch or refreshment and try your luck on the silent auction to win one of the great prizes below, all supporting a local charity in loving memory of one special little boy. 

In his dads words “He was so perfect, so gorgeous and brought us so much happiness in the six weeks we spent with him last year. He was strong, brave and courageous”


The auction closes on Sunday 29th May

 Auction items include:

 Spa day passes for Matfen Hall

Signed cycling jersey from top British cyclist Alex Dowsett

2 day tickets to Beamish

Champagne afternoon tea at the Hilton

The North Face rucksack

Restyle cut and blow dry at collective hairdressers

2 tickets to see The Savage by David Almond at Live Theatre

A round of golf for 4 at Whickham

A custom made wedding/birthday cake

The Stand Comedy club tickets for 4 people

A huge basket of kids toys

Sunderland football signed by the 2015-16 squad

Boston Celtics mini basketball set and basketball reigns supreme T-shirt

Tommee tippee perfect prep machine

Tommee tippee starter set

Champagne, cherry brandy and prosecco hamper

A bottle of Veuve Cliquot champagne

Bespoke, handmade Bombay Sapphire lamp

Bijoux VIP experience for up to 8 people and much more…

Highest bidders will be contacted week commencing 30th May to organise payment and collection of their items.

Zachary Sanderson



Charity Golf Day

Charity Golf Competition in aid of Tiny Lives.

Why not have a great round of golf (£100 pre 4 Balls) while supporting a local charity, Mike Cramman one of our supporters has kindly agreed to organise this great Golf Day on Friday 12th August 2016, at Gosforth Golf Club, followed on to The Millstone for a BBQ and Live Entertainment and Presentation.

If you cant attend but would still like to support our Golf Day, we are still looking for raffle prizes.

Lots of great prizes to be won…

Click here to find out more about the day

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10th Birthday Party

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 To celebrate their 10th Birthday party, The Co-operative Childcare Nursery are holding a family fun day on Saturday 11th June 2016, 11am-1pm.

Take a look below at all the wonderful things they have planned for the day…

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Anniversary Charity Night


Co-operative Childcare, Newbiggin are supporting Tiny Lives while celebrating their 10 years anniversary….

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