Archive: Jun 2018

Nando’s Sunderland raises hundreds of pounds with charity concert

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Nando’s Sunderland recently raised a fantastic £270.73 for the Tiny Lives Trust by holding a charity gig at local music venue, Independent.

The event, called ‘Band Together’, saw local bands and musicians take to the stage for a night of live music, all in aid of Tiny Lives. There was also a raffle and Tiny Lives merchandise was sold at the tills in Nando’s in order to raise even more money.

The event was organised by the Buddy Team at Nando’s as part of a new initiative that encourages employees to get involved in their local community and to aid charities. Bethany Carr (pictured), the leader of the Buddy Team at Nando’s Sunderland, was the driving force behind the event, saying: “It’s been great doing our bit to help such a worthwhile cause”.

We want to say a huge thank you to all of the Nando’s staff, Independent Sunderland, all of musicians who took part and the attendees who gave so generously on the night!

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Whitley Bay Rotary Club raises £1000 for Tiny Lives

Whitley Bay Rotary Club

The Whitley Bay Rotary Club, who are long-term supporters of Tiny Lives, have shown their generosity once again by donating an amazing £1,000 to the Tiny Lives Trust.

The money was raised through community fundraising at a local Sainsbury’s supermarket, as well as a kind donation from the Trustees of the Rotary Club. John Clarkson, the President of Whitley Bay Rotary Club, said:

“The Rotary Club was delighted to be involved in helping so many children at the RVI Neonatal Unit, where they provide the best possible care to so many premature babies and their families and Whitley Bay Rotary is pleased to be able to support them once again.’’

Louise Carroll, Community and Events Fundraiser at Tiny Lives, went to meet members of the Rotary Club last week to collect their donation. She said:

“Over the years, Whitley Bay Rotary Club has kindly supported Tiny Lives through various fundraising events and activities in the community and we really can’t say thank you enough for their ongoing support; it helps Tiny Lives to continue to support to over 700 families and babies who spend time on the Neonatal Unit at the RVI each year.”

If you would like to learn more about Whitley Bay Rotary’s activities, you can email Club President John Clarkson here or visit their website.

Pictured above, (L-R): John Clarkson (President), Louise Carroll (Tiny Lives), Roger Windass (W/Bay Rotary Trust Fund).

Annual Tiny Lives Golf Day raises over £4,000

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The Tiny Lives Golf Day is always one of the most popular events of the year, but 2018 event stands out for it’s success – raising over £4,000 throughout the course of the day!

The Golf Day, which took place on Friday 8th June at Gosforth Golf Club, was organised by committed Tiny Lives supporter Mike Cramman, the man behind all of Tiny Lives’ previous golf days. Mike kindly dedicated great deal of personal time and effort to the event, which certainly showed on the day.

Holes were sponsored by generous local businesses and over 180 competitors entered the tournament, with the money paid by sponsors and golfers going directly to the Tiny Lives Trust.

A raffle was also held during the presentation evening, helping to raise even more during the day, plus an evening BBQ at the Millstone pub which also helped to raise funds. The sun even shone, making it a great day out for all involved!

Two employees from Tesco Bank were also kind enough to give up their time to volunteer at the event, which we were very grateful for!

Taking to Twitter, Mike said: “To every golfer, company and sponsor that either played or donated prizes to my charity golf day in aid of the Tiny Lives Trust, I would like to thank you for helping to raise an outstanding £4065.10.”

We can’t thank Mike enough for all of his hard work, as well as all of the sponsors, golfers, volunteers and business that made the event such a success. Keep an eye on the Tiny Lives website and social media channels for details of next year’s Golf Day!


Best Team – N. Miller, K. Miller, P. Oliver.

Best Men’s Individual – N. Miller

Best Women’s Individual – G. Peters

Nearest Pin on #5 – P. Oliver

Nearest Pin on #11 – P. Whitlock

Nearest Drive on #13 – C. Grier

Nearest Drive on #14 – L. Sloane

Nearest Pin on #17 – P. Davidson

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Robson Laidler raises a sweet sum for Tiny Lives with Chocolate Ball

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Robson Laidler Accountants recently presented Tiny Lives with a cheque for an amazing £7113.75, which was raised at their Chocolate Ball on 27th April 2018.

The firm, which is based in Jesmond, has kindly chosen Tiny Lives as their nominated charity for the 2018 and will be fundraising throughout the year.

The Chocolate Ball was their first major event and it is safe to say that it was a huge success! Guests wined and dined at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, with the theme of chocolate running strongly throughout the evening as they enjoyed a sumptuous three-course menu (with plenty of sweet stuff, of course!), chocolaty treats on the tables, live music, raffles and tombolas to help raise as much money as possible.

Louise Carroll, Community and Events Fundraiser from Tiny Lives, popped down to the Robson Laidler offices last week to collect the money raised and to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the fundraising.

We can’t thank them enough for their generous support and dedication in organising such an incredible event!

Corporate support really does make a huge difference to Tiny Lives as a small local charity. Every year over 700 premature and sick newborn babies require care on the RVI Neonatal Unit, and support from our community makes a huge difference in giving these vulnerable babies – and their families – the best possible experience during an exceptionally difficult time.

If your company would like to support Tiny Lives, please call 0191 230 2122 or email, and we’ll be happy to get you started on your fundraising journey.

The Ball was kindly supported by Choc Nibbles.

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