Archive: Mar 2018

Sponsors wanted for Charity Ball 2018

We’re delighted to announce the first details for our 2018 Charity Ball! This year’s event will be held on Saturday 20 October 2018 at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, and is ‘Mad Hatter’ themed.

General tickets are £850 for a table of 10, to book or for more information please call 0191 230 2112 or email info@tinylives.org.uk.

2018 Charity Ball poster (public)

We’re currently working hard to make this event even better than last year, and are looking for business who may wish to act as sponsors. We have space for a Headline Sponsor, as well as several Associate Sponsors. A sponsorship package is a great opportunity to entertain clients, reward staff or relax with good friends whilst enjoying an evening of great food and fantastic entertainment, and of course, it is a great way to support a local charity!

The Headline Sponsor will have their company logo included on all event branding and signage in the build-up to and on the day of the actual event, as well as:

  • Their Company logo and advert on Tiny Lives website
  • Complimentary room for two on the night of the event
  • A table for up to 10 guests on the night, including a superb 4 course meal
  • Complimentary wine & beers
  • Prime location in room for Headline Sponsors table
  • Full page advert in the Charity Ball Event Brochure
  • Company logo to appear on footer across each page on the Tiny Lives website
  • Headline Sponsors branding on all posters and table plan
  • Company advert and logo will be displayed on the screens throughout the night
  • Opportunity to network with corporate guests
  • Headline Sponsor recognition throughout the event from the Compère
  • Promotional area on the night for banners, displays and corporate literature

Package Cost: £5,000 (+VAT)

The Associate Sponsors will benefit from:

  • Their Company logo and advert on Tiny Lives website
  • Complimentary room for two on the night of the event
  • A table for up to 10 guests on the night, including a superb 4 course meal
  • Complimentary wine & beers
  • Prime location in room for Associate Sponsors table
  • Half page advert in the Charity Ball Event Brochure
  • Company logo to appear on footer across each page on the Tiny Lives website
  • Company advert and logo will be displayed on the screens throughout the night
  • Opportunity to network with corporate guests
  • Sponsor recognition throughout the event from the Compère
  • Promotional area on the night for banners, displays and corporate literature

Package Cost: £2,500 (+VAT)

If you or your company would like to sponsor this event, please call 0191 230 2112 or email louise@tinylives.org.uk. We’re also looking for prize donations for the auction, Balloon Bonanza and raffle – no matter how big or small, all donations are greatly received.

Harrison shows off his swimming skills to become top fundraiser

Harrison in the pool

Harrison Leake, aged 5, recently took to the pool as part of a sponsored Pyjama Week swim event organised by Puddle Ducks North East. He raised a whopping £720.24, making him the most successful individual fundraiser ever in the seven years that Puddle Ducks have been running Pyjama Weeks!

Tiny Lives is a cause that is very close to Harrison and his family, as Harrison himself spent time on the Special Care Baby Unit. Born extremely premature at just 22 weeks and 6 days, he was on three different Neonatal units for 4 and a half months following his birth. His twin brother Raif sadly passed away, and Harrison and his family work hard to fund-raise in loving memory of Raif.

Despite his difficult start in life, Harrison has thrived and is an especially keen and skilled swimmer. The Pyjama Week challenge involved life saving skills, and Harrison was required to swim whilst wearing PJs to learn what to do if someone gets into trouble in the water.

Thanks to the generosity of his family and friends Harrison has raised a fantastic amount, which will go a long way towards helping other children and families on the SCBU. He said he was proud to be able to help “the little babies”.

We want to say a big THANK YOU to Harrison, and to wish him the best of luck with his swimming in the future.

The Arctic Rider tackles one of the world’s most dangerous roads for Tiny Lives

Gordon next to banner

Gordon Stuart, a keen motorcyclist and dedicated supporter of Tiny Lives, will be taking on his biggest challenge yet as he heads to Northern Alaska  in June to travel one of the most dangerous roads in the world – the Dalton Highway.

Gordon began his fundraising journey in 2011, with a motorbike ride to the Arctic Circle that unfortunately ended with a bang (quite literally!) when a crash forced him to abandon the challenge earlier than planned. Since then, Gordon has made it his mission to compete a host of charity motorcycle challenges, including the ‘Iron Butt’ challenge in 2016, riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 18 hours raising over £1,800 for Tiny Lives Trust.

For this latest challenge he will ride to the top of Alaska via the notorious Dalton Highway, which is a lonely gravel and dirt road with only three very small towns along the way. The Dalton Highway also has the longest stretch of serviceless road in North America, it has 240 miles with no petrol stations, restaurants, hotels, or any other basic services. It’s expected that the ride will take him around 10 days to complete.

It’s a very dangerous route, and Gordon is preparing thoroughly to ensure he is fully equipped to tackle this feat. Along the way he’ll face isolation, tricky terrain, very cold weather and he could even run into some of the animals that prowl the Highway, including bears and moose!

Tiny Lives holds special meaning for Gordon, as his daughter Islay was born prematurely in 2014 and spent time at the Special Care Baby Unit. He will also be raising funds for Cerebra, in honour of the care received by his little brother Robbie during his childhood. Robbie also recently raised £130 for Tiny Lives with a raffle at his 21st birthday party, so a big thank you to him too!

Before his expedition, Gordon is holding an online raffle to raise even more money for Tiny Lives. Prizes up for grabs include motorcycle gear and a DFDS crossing voucher, you can enter the raffle via his JustGiving page here. He will also be at the ASDA Gosforth bag pack on Saturday 7 April to raise funds, along with his motorbike!

You can follow his progress on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and on his blog, and donate here.

We’re so grateful to Gordon for his fearless fundraising and wish him the best of luck on this latest adventure!

Paul and Phil take on the Atlantic Dream Challenge

1 firefighter, 1 businessman. 3000 miles. 2 charities. 1 boat…

Everyone who raises money for Tiny Lives is a hero in our eyes, but there are some who truly go above and beyond to raise vital funds.

Paul Hopkins, a firefighter from Wallsend and Phil Pugh, a businessman from Newcastle, have joined forces to take on a truly gruelling challenge in the name of two great local causes, Tiny Lives and The Firefighters Charity.

This December they’ll be rowing 3000 nautical miles across the Atlantic, racing against others and dealing with sea sickness, blisters, salt rash, sleep deprivation and horrendous weather conditions, all in the name of charity.

Tiny Lives holds a special place in Phil’s heart, as his son Tom was born prematurely and spent many weeks in the Special Care Baby Unit. Through his other fundraising works Phil has raised upwards of £10,000 for Tiny Lives and the Calvert Trust, but the Atlantic Dream Challenge looks to be his toughest yet.

The pair, who were introduced by friends just before beginning their challenge, are currently undertaking a strict training regime to ensure they’re fighting fit and have their eyes peeled for a corporate sponsor to help them with the considerable expense of entering the race.

By taking on the entrance fees, a sponsor would greatly reduce the expenses encountered by the two rowers, meaning that more of the money raised can go to directly to the charities, rather than being swallowed up by fees.

When they’re not strapped to the rowing machine, you might spot Paul and Phil out and about at various fundraising events across the region, often accompanied by fire engines! Make sure to stop and say hello.

You can follow their epic journey and keep updated on their progress via their Facebook and Twitter pages, and donate here.

Good luck lads!

PS – A big thank you to MTrec, who have kindly sponsored the stylish Tiny Lives active wear vests, modelled here by Paul and Phil!

Paul and Phil (Atlantic Dream Challenge) 3

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