Archive: Aug 2019

Meet, Chat, Learn Programme announced for Sept – Oct 2019

Following the successful launch of our FREE Meet, Chat, Learn sessions for former Ward 35 parents, we are delighted to annouce the programme for Sept- Oct 2019.

New classes include a 6 week Mindfulness course and a Self Care Workshop, as well as the popular Boogie Bairns and Baby Massage sessions.

For more information on our Meet, Chat, Learn programme, please click here.

Meet, Chat Learn Programme (Sept - October 2019)

Nautical Northumberland St. Bucket Collection raises hundreds for Tiny Lives

Atlantic Dream Challenge, Paul and Phil collection (Northumberland St, July 2019)

Aspiring Atlantic rowers Paul Hopkins, Phil Pugh and their beloved boat held a bucket collection on Northumberland Street on 12th July, raising £494.51 for local charity, the Tiny Lives Trust.

On Friday 12th July, shoppers may have spotted the unusual sight of a boat moored up in Newcastle’s bustling Northumberland Street! This was set up by Paul, a retired firefighter from Wallsend, and Phil, a businessman from Newcastle, as part of a bucket collection to raise funds for The Tiny Lives Trust

Paul and Phil, who have been fundraising for Tiny Lives for the last several years, are planning an epic journey to mark the end of their fundraising. In December this year they will be hopping in their boat and taking on the Atlantic Dream Challenge; a voyage of 3000 nautical miles, rowing by hand across the Atlantic Ocean.

This gruelling challenge will raise funds for Tiny Lives and The Firefighters Charity, both of which are local charities that are very close to the pair. Tiny Lives holds a special place in Phil’s heart in particular, as his son Tom was born prematurely and spent many weeks on the RVI Neonatal Unit.

Tiny Lives is an independent charity that supports the 750+ babies and their families that pass through the RVI Neonatal Unit each year. They provide developmental care items, a financial hardship fund for parents, fund staff member positions (including a Neonatal Psychologist and a Social Worker) and more.

Louise Carroll (Community and Events Fundraiser at Tiny Lives) spent the day collecting with Paul and Phil. She said: “Paul and Phil have both worked exceptionally hard for this challenge, both through their fundraising and their time on the rowing machine! We are so humbled that they have decided to take on such a gruelling challenge to raise money for Tiny Lives and really can’t thank them enough.”

Paul and Phil keep supporters updated on their progress via their Facebook and Twitter pages, and if anyone would like to support them, they can donate here

Paul and Phil (Atlantic Dream Challenge) more fundraising with boat (Lakeside Centre, 2019) Paul and Phil (Atlantic Dream Challenge) in Tiny Lives Vests (2019)

Ward 35 Family Room gets a Tiny Lives refurb

It’s a vital respite space for parents and their visitors on the RVI Neonatal Unit, but the Family Room was in dire need of freshening up!

Working with Senior Sister Karen, Tiny Lives supported a fresh, modern refurbishment for the room, funding new furniture and decorative items, including: new sofas and chairs, a new table, storage unit, bookshelves, lamp and crocodile play area for younger visitors. New flooring and a fresh coat of paint were supplied by the RVI’s Estates team.

Family Room Refurb (2)     Family Room Refurb

Karen, who chose, shopped for and arranged the room said: “Thank you to Tiny Lives for supporting me to complete this wonderful refurbishment and also to all of the Tiny Lives fundraisers who make developments like this possible!”

Family Room Refurb (5)   Family Room Refurb (3)

Both current and former residents of the RVI were equally positive about the room’s transformation, commenting:

  • “Ah that’s a lovely room for parents and families to have a little relaxing time. Tiny lives is amazing!” – Cheryl
  • “Wow what a difference!! Love the alligator play wall” – Dianne
  • “It’s such a beautiful calming space! My baby boy has just come home on Friday after spending some time in SCBU and this room allowed me to spend some alone time with my 2 year old boy, who I missed so much whilst in the hospital. We absolutely loved it.” – Jade

The team Tiny Lives were so proud to be able to fund this refurbishment, and hope that it will be enjoyed for many years to come! It’s thanks to the work of amazing Tiny Lives fundraisers that projects like this can happen.