Archive: Aug 2018

Fundraising local theatre show promises lots of laughs!

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Looking for some laughs? On 14th and 15th September 2018, the Little Theatre in Gateshead will be home to Miss Bunty & Igor’s Laughter Show, a hilarious show for all the family – and best of all, every ticket sold will help to raise funds for Tiny Lives.

George Callander, the show’s producer, has a record of supporting charitable causes with his previous shows and this year has kindly chosen to support Tiny Lives. He’ll be donating a portion of the profits from the show, as well as hosting collection buckets during performance nights.

He said: ‘Tiny Lives does great work supporting great people- whom as I know from personal experience – consider themselves very ordinary people. Perhaps so, but through their quiet dedication and skill they transform not only the Tiny Lives but the Big Lives of those who love them and cling to the hope in every bleep and flash of monitor, driver or ventilator. How can anyone not want to support such a charity?”

In an even greater display of generosity, George is offering a special Tiny Lives discount price of two Adult tickets for £14.00 (plus small booking fee). This price is only available by booking online here and entering the booking reference ‘BUNTY’.

You can find out more about the show below:

Miss Bunty Del Mar & Igor’s Laughter Show 2018 On The Crest of A Wave

Comedy duo ‘Miss Bunty & Igor’ return to Gateshead’s Little Theatre with their 2018 family Laughter Show, “On the Crest of a Wave”.

Miss Bunty Del Mar is the glamorous Queen of Stage, Screen, Bingo and the Griegg’s breakfast queue. With a story, a song (and of course a stunning frock) for every occasion Bunty is the sparkling, cheeky star of the night!

Igor dazzles in breathtaking gymnastic routines and appears as a host of other characters. All in addition to serving as Miss Bunty’s hapless sidekick.

Bunty and Igor are joined once more by Gateshead’s own singing star of tomorrow, twelve-year-old Immogen Porteous. Immogen is a young lady with a great voice who is clearly destined for big things. Remember you saw her here first!

Miss Bunty and Igor promise an evening of comedy, sketches, plenty of audience participation, music and laughter suitable for all the family. There will be more sequins than you can shake a stick at – plus a few surprises … Also, and by public demand, Miss Bunty’s ‘All that Jazz’ sketch returns from last year’s show. So, get your tickets today and come and join the fun!

Miss Bunty show poster



Parents of twins, triplets and quads wanted for new research study

Are you a parent to a twin, triplet or quad? If so, you can help out with a new research study! Please see below for details and a short message from Dr Nicholas Embleton, Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician:

We are conducting a study to find out about parents’ experiences when twins (or triplets, quads etc,) are transferred between hospitals, so we can better understand what it feels like. We are interested in the situation where the twins have to be cared for in a different hospital at the same time. This may be for a short period (e.g. a few hours) or might be for much longer (e.g. if one twin needed intensive care at another hospital, but there was no space for the other twin to be kept with them). Please follow the link below for more information or to contact the research team. Thank you. – Dr Nicholas Embleton

For more information and to get in contact with the research team, please click here.

Charity Cycle in loving memory of Caleb raises over £300

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Caleb’s parents – Colleen Wilson and Gary Wood – recently made the amazing decision to fundraise for Tiny Lives in memory of their son, turning their loss into hope for future premature babies and their families on the RVI Neonatal Unit.

Caleb Nevelle Wilson Wood sadly passed away on the Unit. The care that he and his parents received motivated Colleen to plan a fundraising cycle from Colleen’s home in Easington Lane to Hartlepool at the end of June 2018, a distance of around 14 miles!

Despite getting drenched on the day and suffering a punctured tyre (which was luckily repaired with the help of a puncture kit donated by a kind passing cyclist!), Colleen and Gary successfully completed the ride.

They raised an incredible £347.04 for Tiny Lives, which they delivered personally to the Tiny Lives offices.

We can’t thank Colleen and Gary enough for their kind support of Tiny Lives, it really is a lovely way to keep Caleb’s memory alive.


Paige is always thinking of the next fundraiser…


Mam Tracy holding Paige

Ten years ago, Paige was on the neonatal unit at the RVI after being born at 26 weeks weighing 2lb. Over the years Paige and her family have raised funds for Tiny Lives through various fundraising activities throughout the school holidays and in school by organising a sponsored walk.

On Friday Paige invited us along to Chickflicks Hair and Beauty in West Denton. Where she had 11 inches cut off her long locks which she is donating to The Little Princess Trust, but Paige didn’t stop there as she asked all her family and friends if they would sponsor her with all donations coming to Tiny Lives.

Ever since we met Paige she is always thinking how she can support Tiny Lives and other charities who help people.

Well Done Paige, you are a very brave girl with a big heart!!

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Blackhall Colliery Care Home Supports Tiny Lives

The caring people at Field View care home in Blackhall Colliery have been raising money to help support newborn babies and their families at Newcastle’s RVI hospital.

The home raised £100 for The Tiny Lives Trust, the charity which supports premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at Newcastle’s RVI hospital, and donated gift bags for new parents on the ward containing baby care essentials such as nappies, wipes, dummies, and soft toys.

The team at Field View – a care home for the elderly and people living with dementia – decided to support the charity after the granddaughters of a long-serving Carer at the home were born prematurely and spent two weeks in the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.

Identical twins Mia and Maddison Elliot were born at 33 weeks and weighed just three pounds each at the time of their birth on 10th May 2018.

Sharon Quinn, who has worked at Field View for five years and is the grandmother of Mia and Maddison, said; “We were so pleased when Janice, our Activities Coordinator, asked me if the home could raise money to support the Tiny Lives charity. Mia and Maddison and my daughter Kayleigh received exceptional care at the RVI. From the moment they knew the twins would be born prematurely they were so kind and reassuring to Kayleigh and had her visiting a consultant three times a week. We valued their support so much, so it was lovely to get the opportunity to give back and help other families going through similar circumstances.”

Louise Carroll, Community and Events Fundraiser at The Tiny Lives Trust, visited the home to meet the team and collect their donations. She said: “It was lovely to be invited to Field View to personally say thank you to Janice, Sharon, Kayleigh and other members of the team for kindly supporting Tiny Lives in respect of Mia and Maddison spending time on the NICU. Because of the very kind donation, Tiny Lives can continue to support families and babies on the unit.”