Archive: Jul 2017

Compercon 2017


In 2016, the compercon team in Tyne and Wear contacted Tiny Lives to say they would like to support the charity at their Compercon 2017 event.  After a lot of hard work from everyone sourcing lots of raffle prizes, organising a fun pack day full of lots of different competitions for people to take part in, they raised an astonishing amount of £8,331.

Tiny Lives went down on the day to talk about how their donations will help us to continue to support babies and families on the neonatal unit at the RVI and it was lovely to meet some many compercon members who travelled far and wide for the day.  We spoke to members who had travelled from Belfast, London, York, Manchester and it was lovely to hear their stories of family members and friends who have experienced the journey of having a baby on the neonatal unit whether at the RVI, Newcastle or their local neonatal unit.

We also received a lovely donation of patchwork quilts which were kindly made by members at the Project Linus.

We really cant say thank you enough to the team in Tyne and Wear for all their hard work in organising the day and also to all the members who attended the day making the above donation possible.


Comper team on the day

Chq collection july 2017

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Stephen’s sponsored beard shave!

Damien in SCBU

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Stephen Robson for growing, and then shaving his beard for Tiny Lives, all in honour of his son Damien Allen Graham-Robson and the time he spent on the Special Care Baby Unit 4 years ago!


…it’s only right that if you’ve grown a beard only to shave it off and raise money for charity, you should have a little fun during the big shave!

Shave #2

Deciding not to stick with the half-beard, it all eventually came off. We hope Damien isn’t too confused by dad’s new look!

Shave #1

With the help of wife, Claire, Stephen raised the fantastic amount of £138.75 for Tiny Lives.

Thank you!

Team Tiny Lives 2017

Team Tiny LivesSimplyhealth Great North Run

We’re so honoured that so many people sign up to take part in the Great North Run for Tiny Lives, and more often than not with a special someone spurring them on through the months of training and the 13.1 miles on the day.

Thank you so much to each and every runner in the team, their generous sponsors and their friends and family who support them through it all! We can’t wait to see you in the marquee after the big day for a well deserved cuppa.

We would also like to say a massive thank you to MTrec who once again have kindly sponsored our running vests and t-shirts.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tiny Lives have moved space in the Charity Village! Please see here for more details!


Click here to see if you can see yourself in the photo album!

You can see the full team and read some of their inspiring stories here:

Lisa Bainbridge
Nicola Basterfield
Asma Begum
Emma Bell
Paul Bertram
Mark Bly
Samantha Boakes
Jennifer Bolton
Mark Boxall
Hannah Brook
Becky Brown
Clare Brown
Jane Brydon
Laura Brydon
Louise Cannell-Mirza
Lauren Casson
Gemma Carr
Susan Christian
Alex Clarkson
Joanne Close
Andrea Cook
Siân Copley
Paul Costigan
Lee Couch
John Coulter
Lisa Crowe
Marc Dixon
Jennifer Dixon
Emma Dixon
James Dodds
Sarah Fell
Nicola Fell
Charlotte Ford
Colin French
Adam Goldwater
Bobbi Goldwater
David Graham
Anna Graham
Lucy Graves
Rebecca Groves
Rachael Hannon
Victoria Hastings
Helen Hedley
Ian Hedley
Marty Henry
Alexandra Henry
Melanie Hills
Nicola Hurst
Kirsty Hutton
Usman Iqbal
Lee Irvine
Will Jennison
Sean Jobson
Kris Johnson
Lesley Johnson
Sarah Johnson
Rebecca Joice
Duncan Jordan
Christopher Kay
Laura Keating
Richard Kelly
Sam Kirk
Darryl Laws
Andrea Lowthian
Khevin Lungtoo
John Mann
Ian Marley
Colin May
Giles McCourt
Rob McLellan
Rosie Mechen
John Mills
Tara Miller
Sonia Morton
Philip Mullen
Brian Murray
Chris Nelson
Tony Norris
Ross Petty
Mark Plant
Rachael Plant
David Povey
Daniel Price
Alexander Pugh
Philip Pugh
Rod Pugh
Thomas Pugh
Tom Purcell
Graham Purvis
Emma Raine
Eloise Ramsey
Jeanette Richardson
Mark Richardson
Stephen Richardson
Terri Ridley
Kirsty Robson
Vicky Robson
Paul Robson
Philip Ross
Louise Rossall
Christine Russell
Roly Sanderson
Melissa Schueler
Jacqueline Scott
Alison Scudder
Kate Scudder
Julie Sherburn
Freya Sinclair
Gemma Soulsby
Tom Sproat
Clare Stagg
Ally Stephenson
Gemma Stevenson
Gordon Stuart
Rachel Stuart
Jay Thind
Siobhan Turner
Paul Waite
Peter Waite
Carole Wallbank
Alex Wannop
Anna Watling
Sarah Watling
Georgia Watson
Kathryn Watson
Lucy Webster
Jak Wells
John-Paul Whalen
Laura Whitaker
Caroline Williams
Lesley Wilson
Norman Wilson
Emily Wiseman
Joanne Wood
Victoria Wright

The Great North Run registration is now closed, however you can still join Team Tiny Lives if you have your own place through the general ballot.

To be added to the team and get your Tiny Lives running vest and sponsorship forms, please complete and return this form to or by post to Tiny Lives, Churchill House, 12 Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1DE.

Thank you so much!

Amanda’s skydive in loving memory of Bradley Higgins


We’d like to say a huge thank you to Amanda Higgins who took on a sky dive in June 2017 and raised the staggering amount of £2,385.23 for Tiny Lives, in loving memory of her son, Bradley Higgins, who passed away aged one week in January 2008.

Bradley was born on the 18th January weighing a healthy 8lb 6oz but after four days he suddenly became poorly and had to be rushed to the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle,  After emergency surgery I was told Bradley had a twisted bowel leaving his bowel too badly damaged to be repaired leaving his chances of survival very slim.  Bradley died on 25th January aged one week of Neonatal Volvulus.

I’ve chose to donate any money raised to Tiny Lives because this was the charity that assisted me and my family as much as we required in the short time we were at the RVI, Newcastle. – Amanda Higgins


Thank you so much to everyone who supported Amanda and donated so generously in Bradley’s memory.


Amanda’s original fundraising target was £500, but with the incredible support of family, friends and colleagues at Network Rail, Amanda raised over 4 times this amount.


Well done, and from all of us at Tiny Lives, thank you so much for your amazing support!