Archive: Apr 2019

Can you help? Volunteers wanted for Theatre Royal collection



The Newcastle Musical Theatre Company has kindly chosen Tiny Live to benefit from bucket collections at their upcoming performance of Spamalot and we need YOUR help to make the most of this opportunity!

We are looking for volunteers to host collection buckets after the performances end, helping to collect vital cash donations for Tiny Lives. Please see below for more details.

You must be available to come to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle City Centre on at least one of the following dates/times:

  • Tuesday 28th May – 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 29th May – 8.30pm
  • Thursday 30th May – 3.30pm
  • Thursday 30th May – 8.30pm
  • Friday 31st May – 3.30pm
  • Friday 31st May – 8.30pm
  • Saturday 1st June – 3.30pm
  • Saturday 1st June – 8.30pm

Please note that you must be over 18 in order to take part in this collection.

If you would be interested in helping us with this, please email, stating which date/time you would prefer – thank you in advance for your help!


Families who have experienced NEC wanted to help promote important research

Tiny Lives - Full Colour Square

Do you have some experience with NEC? The research team at the RVI have received funding from Action Medical Research to develop their work to better understand the causes of necrotising enterocolitis, in collaboration with Northumbria University.

They are looking for a family who feel able to talk about their experiences of NEC to take part in some media activity (including filming and photography) to promote this important research. We understand that not everyone feels able to talk about these experiences, but if you did feel able to help please email by 4.00pm tomorrow.

As some of you will know, NEC is a bowel condition which sadly affects some babies born preterm, but at  present we do not understand why some babies get NEC whilst others stay healthy. The funding will allow the team to investigate what role phages (tiny viruses that infect bacteria) may play.

AMR and the RVI team are very grateful for any offers of help that will promote this research work.

Photography and Filming Volunteers wanted

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Tiny Lives are looking for parent volunteers who are currently on the Neonatal Unit with their baby to take part in some upcoming photography and filming activities, to help promote the charity and the work of Ward 35. Please see below for details of shoots:

Wednesday 1st May, approx 12pm -2pm – Kangaroo Care filming

Volunteers will be helping to create a short film about the importance of skin-to-skin bonding with your baby, or ‘Kangaroo Care’. You will be asked to be filmed holding your baby on your skin, and to say a few words about how it helps you with bonding etc. It should take no more than 15 minutes of your time. 

Friday 10th May, approx 10am – 2pm – General Photography

Volunteers will be helping Tiny Lives to refresh their stock of images from the Neonatal Unit, which will be used on our website and in marketing materials to help promote the work of the charity and to help with fundraising. Images may include pictures of your baby in the incubator with Miniboo etc, images of you holding your baby/linking fingers/doing cares, amongst others. These shoots may take from 10 – 30 minutes, depending on how many shots we need to take.

We would be very grateful to any parent who is willing to help us with this! Please email  to register your interest, or for more info.

Dedicated supporter Mike to hold 6th Golf Day in aid of Tiny Lives

Golf Day 2018

Mike Cramman has long been a fantastic supporter of the Tiny Lives Trust, and this year will be hosting his 6th Annual Golf day in aid of the charity at Gosforth Golf Club.

The event, which will be tee-ing off at 8.00am on Friday 14th June, is a firm favourite amongst local golf enthusiasts, and is eagerly anticipated year-after-year. Mike goes above-and-beyond to make the day great fun for all involved, whilst ensuring a lot of money is raised for the charity. Last year, he raised around £4000 – an incredible total!

The day costs £30pp, and includes breakfast (bacon roll & hot drink on arrival), a goodie bag, 18 holes of golf (with a halfway beer tent!) and fun competitions throughout the day. After the golf, everyone is encourage to head to the local Millstone pub for a delicious BBQ, awards presentation and tombola.

We can’t thank Mike enough for all of his wonderful support over the years. If you would like more information about the event, or you would like to take part, click here or get in touch with Mike directly at

Tiny Lives announces launch of new Sibling Packs for Neonatal Unit

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On 10th April, fittingly known as ‘National Siblings Day’, the Tiny Lives Trust announced that they would be launching new ‘Sibling Packs’ on the RVI Neonatal Unit.

The packs, which will officially launch on 1 May 2019, are designed to help siblings deal with the nerves and potential anxiety that can be caused when their new brother or sister has to spend time on a Neonatal Unit.

It is also hoped that the packs will encourage parents to chat with their older children about the Neonatal experience, and that they will familiarise them with certain elements of the hospital (for example, incuabtors, breathing machines and monitors).

The Sibling Packs will include: A storybook, helping to explain the Neonatal Unit, a colouring book (themed around the Unit), crayons and a custom activity pack, designed in partnership with Weekend Boxes.