Archive: Sep 2019

Date announced for Tiny Lives Christmas Reunion 2019

Christmas Reunion (2019, Twitter)

We are delighted to announce the date for our 2019 Christmas Reunion! It will take place on Saturday 23rd November 2019 at St James’ Park, and all of our former SCBU families are invited for some festive fun!

This annual event is specially designed for graduates of the RVI Neonatal Unit (and their families) to come together and enjoy an event full of Christmas cheer. There’ll be games, food and entertainment, plus we’ve heard that a rumour that Santa Claus himself might make an appearance…

This event is recommended for children aged 7 and below and tickets cost £5 (suggested donation) for a family (max. 2 adults per family group).

Ticket sales are now closed – thank you to everyone who has booked! 

We hope to see you all there!

SCBU Dads’ Team joins with Ubisoft to host video games night

Dads' Team Video Game Night (Sept 2019) Twitter

We’ve partnered with the SCBU Dads’ Team and Ubisoft Newcastle to put on a video games night on Wednesday 18th September!

This event is open to all members of the SCBU Dads’ Team, plus any dads that are currently on the Neonatal Unit. Come along and meet other dads that have been through the neonatal journey, chat, relax and enjoy free pizza and beer too. It will be taking place at Ubisoft, The Hub, Haymarket, NE1 7PF – just a short walk from the RVI, 6pm – 9pm.

Please RSVP to or call 07487869612 if you’d like to attend.


A huge thank you to everyone who made our 2019 Charity Ball possible!

On the eve of our 2019 ‘Born to be Wild’ Charity Ball (exciting!) we wanted to take the chance to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed prizes, their time and their skills to make this event possible.

The Ball is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and it could not take place without the help of the amazing community of businesses and individuals who support Tiny Lives so generously.

Special thank yous to:

Headline Sponsors: LA Taxis


Associate Sponsors: Pinpoint Recruitment




RVI Ward 35 Staff Table Sponsorship: Armstrong Nationwide




RVI Ward 35 Staff Table Sponsorship: Twenty One Leadership




Massive thanks also go to Sue and Steve, for handmaking all of our wonderful table centrepieces and many of the other little touches that make the room so special.

We also can’t thank Tracy and her team from Hilton Newcastle Gateshead for their superb service in helping us to organise the event – it really made the process so much smoother.

We would also like to thank all of the wonderful companies below for their kind support of our Ball:

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Smiles all round at another wonderful Great North Run!


We were in awe of all of our incredible 2019 Great North Runners!

This year, over 140 wonderful supporters took on the gruelling 13.1 mile Half-Marathon from Newcastle City Centre to the beautiful coastal surroundings of South Shields. They were then welcomed into the Tiny Lives charity tent, where their hard work was rewarded with plentiful refreshments and a sports massage to ease their tired legs!

A huge thank you also to MTrec for kindly sponsoring our running vests once again, we are so grateful for this wonderful support!


The Tiny Lives team were delighted to meet all of the runners and hear the inspiring reasons that they chose to run for the charity. Every stride and every blister represents funds raised for Tiny Lives, which will make a huge difference to babies and their families on the RVI Neonatal Unit!

You can see a gallery of pictures from the Tiny Lives tent below. Thank you again to everyone who ran – you’re all amazing!

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Great North Runner raising funds for Tiny Lives, inspired by her own premature birth at only 27 weeks

Jessica Cartner now, training hard for the Great North Run (GNR19, Tiny Lives Trust)

Jess Cartner was born 3-months prematurely and has battled with lung issues, but is now taking on the Great North Run to raise funds for other premature and sick babies at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Fawdon-based Jess caused quite a shock to her parents when she arrived into the world 3-months-earlier than expected at Sunderland Royal Hospital, weighing just under 2lbs. From there, Jess was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) and began her lengthy stay on the Neonatal Unit. She eventually went home after 3 months, leaving on what would have been her original due date.

Now 23-years-old, Jess has chosen to tackle the iconic Great North Run half-marathon – which is taking place on Sunday 8th September 2019 –  to raise money for Newcastle-based charity The Tiny Lives Trust. Tiny Lives supports over 750 premature and sick babies and their families on the RVI’s Neonatal Unit each year, supplying developmental aids, financial assistance, funding of specialist staff member positions and more.

Jessica Cartner on the Neonatal Unit (GNR19, Tiny Lives Trust) (2)

The Great North Run will be a truly demanding challenge for Jess. As with many premature babies, Jess struggled with lung issues; having to use a breathing machine at home before moving onto an inhaler aged 7. Speaking about the run, Jess said: “My breathing is better than it was as I exercise regularly, but it’s still a work in progress for me; especially when it comes to running. So, I want to really challenge myself with the Great North Run.”

Jess’s parents, Robert George and Sandra Cartner, can find it difficult to talk about their daughter’s tough start to life, but are very proud of her for taking on this amazing feat, saying: We’re over the moon that she’s doing this for babies that have had a difficult start, like Jess did. She’s come a long way from weighing 2lb at birth to now taking part in a race for a worthy cause, to which we will always be grateful.”

Louise Carroll, Community and Events Fundraiser at The Tiny Lives Trust said: “We were so touched when we heard about Jess’s amazing story and are so grateful to her for taking on the Great North Run on behalf of Tiny Lives. Every mile she manages will make a huge difference to babies and their families on the RVI Neonatal Unit and we know she’ll do amazingly well!

Jess added: “I want to run for Tiny Lives as they’re an amazing charity and I want to help support other premature and poorly babies and their families. I want to show them, and myself, what’s possible.”

Jess has set up a Just Giving page as part of her Great North Run fundraising: