Archive: Sep 2018

Neonatal Mum Tara skates into fundraising success

When mum Tara suffered an injury that meant she couldn’t take part in the 2018 Great North Run, she didn’t let it dampen her spirits – or her fundraising efforts.

After a small period of recuperation, she and a group of friends decided to take part in a sponsored skating marathon (with rollerskates, not on ice!) to raise money for their respective charities. Tara chose Tiny Lives, as she had been intending to run the GNR on behalf of the charity. Her son, Nathan, was born prematurely and spent some time on the Neonatal Unit at the RVI.

Tara strapped on her skates on 1st September and managed to complete her challenge successfully despite unexpectedly high temperatures – although she did end up a bit sunburned! She raised a wonderful £355.30 for Tiny Lives.

We can’t thank Tara enough for her kind support, and for her dedication in altering her plans so that she could still fundraise for us.

You can see some pictures of Tara during her skate below, as well as a picture of Nathan when he was being cared for on the Neonatal Unit.

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Dates announced for Tiny Lives Christmas Reunion 2018!

We are delighted to announce the date for our 2018 Christmas Reunion! It will take place on Saturday 24th November at St James’ Park, and all of our former SCBU families are invited for some festive fun!

You can download your Ticket Booking Form here. Please email it back to or post it back to our office by 5.00pm on Friday 9th November. 

We hope to see you all there!

Christmas Reunion Flyer (Web)

Great North Run 2018 – Thank you!

Another year, another incredible Great North Run!

All of our runners did amazingly well to conquer the 13.1 mile route during what turned out to be a very hot day, and we just can’t thank them all enough for their efforts on behalf of Tiny Lives.

As always, we were privileged to welcome back lots of tired runners to the Tiny Lives tent, where they could catch their breath with a cuppa and bite to eat before being treated to a recovery massage by our talented physio for the day, Richie. Thanks must also go to MTrec, for once again kindly sponsoring our Tiny Lives running vests.

It’s so lovely to meet our runners and their families (especially their former SCBU babies!), to hear all about their powerful stories that motivate them through the toughest part of the run.

We consider ourselves so lucky to have a community of such kind and dedicated supporters. As we like to say, Tiny Lives really does feel like a family – especially on days like these!

We’ve put together a gallery of pics below, see if you can spot yourself!

Here’s to GNR19 – we can’t wait. #TeamTinyLives

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