Archive: Oct 2018

Mad Hatter Charity Ball

An amazing £25,000 raised! 


How the weeks just fly by…this time last week we were ticking off our checklist in preparation for our Mad Hatter Charity Ball which took place on Saturday 20th October at the Hilton Hotel Newcastle/Gateshead.

Guests were welcomed into the drinks reception through a beautiful floral arch, where they had the honour of meeting our very own Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts on their thrones.

Our Mad Hatter guided guests through to the main room and once seated the very talented dancers from Tyne Theatre Stage School kicked off the evening with a wonderful performance from Wonderland the musical. Guests then took part in a quirky Eat Me/Drink Me ice breaker with the winner receiving a nice little Gin gift set.




The night was expertly hosted by Pete Graves of Sky Sports who also took on the role of auctioneer. Our auction raised over £19k with guests getting competitive with bidding and extra auction prizes being donated on the evening – incredible!

Before the auction, guests watched a short film about a family who have been through the neonatal journey, giving guests a very small insight into how families lives are turned completely upside down when they have a baby on the Neonatal Unit, but also showing how much Tiny Lives support means to the families on the unit.

The centrepieces on the night were fantastic and were all individually hand-made with their very own Eat Me/Drink me little trinkets. The hats were later modelled by guests on the dance floor as they donated on the evening to purchase one or more hats.

It was a night to remember, with quirky touches including thrones, grass walk ways, casino tables, balloon bonanza and the one and only Funk Conspiracy who got guests up and dancing within seconds.

Thank you so much to everyone who made the night possible.

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Feedback wanted on proposed Biobank research

A note from the Newcastle Neonatal Research Team:

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with a US based technology company that wants to try and develop a bedside test to alert doctors to early signs of disease, including infections and bowel problems (NEC) in preterm babies. This research and innovation may take many years to develop but in the future may lead to better outcomes for babies.

Our Tiny Lives funded biobank contains lots of samples of baby stool (poo) that has already led to internationally recognised research in this area. We now want to work with this US company to see if we can help develop the technology. The biobank already has parents permissions to store these samples for this kind of research and innovation.

Each time we develop a new project we discuss this with a Biobank Governance Committee. However, we want to let parents and the public what we are doing, and why we are doing this. There is no additional cost to Tiny Lives or the biobank for this work.

If you would like to comment on this research, you can do so on the recent post on our Facebook page.

You can find out more about the Biobank here.