Archive: Nov 2019

NCL – NYC: Mairi swaps Newcastle for New York City to run the NYC Marathon for Tiny Lives 

Mairi after finishing the NYC Marathon

Mairi Clancy, 29, recently headed stateside to take on the New York City Marathon, raising an amazing £683.24 for Tiny Lives!

On 4th November 2019, Mairi laced up her trainers and set off on her fifth ever marathon, which also happened to be the world’s largest – the New York City Marathon. She finished in an incredible 3hrs and 33 minutes before spending a few days in the city – and spreading the word about Tiny Lives via a charity T-shirt – before heading back to Newcastle.

Heaton-based Mairi, who is a Paralegal by trade, was inspired to take on this transatlantic challenge after her employers Hay & Kilner LLP chose to support Tiny Lives as their Charity of the Year for 2018-19.  A visit to the RVI Neonatal Unit with her colleagues gave her even more motivation, with Mairi saying: “I decided to run for the charity after I was lucky enough to go on a ward visit and speak with the staff. I was so impressed with the little details that Tiny Lives provided, such as the Miniboo comforters, as well as the support provided to the families of the babies such as financial aid and counselling.”

This visit proved vital during the tougher parts of Mairi’s marathon challenge, giving her something to focus on as she battled through the 26-mile course. She added: “As we were chatting to one of the nurses, there were two parents stood over an incubator looking at their tiny baby; that image really stuck with me and spurred me on.”

Lucy Gray, Partner at Hay & Kilner said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are all incredibly proud of Mairi. Mairi and the rest of the firm work really hard all year round to raise money for our Charity of the Year, but Mairi’s run in New York really stands out. Especially as she finished in such an amazing time!  We have loved raising money for Tiny Lives and it means a huge amount to know that our efforts will go some small way towards helping this wonderful cause.”

Mairi meets the NYPD Mairi outside NYC Public Library

HK - Logo + LF - Positive

We have exciting Nearly New Sale news! 

Nearly New Sales update (Nov 2019)

Since 2010, the nearly new sales have been run by a small voluntary organisation donating all of their proceeds to Tiny Lives. The team have been talking to us about the future of the Nearly New Sales, as they no longer have the capacity to manage this growing enterprise due to other commitments and the amazing increase in donations and success of the sales (thanks to wonderful supporters like you!). We are therefore excited to announce that, as as of 2020, the Nearly New Sales will be ran by the in-house Tiny Lives Team, rather than the current volunteer team. We’ll be working closely with the current team to enable a smooth handover and there will still be plenty of familiar faces at the sales for the foreseeable future!

We’re excited to be part of the next phase of the nearly new sales, and this change will allow us to develop them even further. We want to take this chance to say a huge THANK YOU to the fantastic volunteer team for their hard work and dedication over the years, which has shaped the sales into the amazing events they are and raised the staggering amount of £87,800 to help babies and their families at the Neonatal Unit at the RVI.

We’ll announce further details as the changes are rolled out but in the meantime, it’s business as usual, and donations can still be dropped off with the current team by contacting them on their Facebook page or website.

Remember, this weekend’s Sale is a Christmas special with plenty of toys, taking place on Saturday 16th November, 10am – 1pm at Trinity Church, Gosforth.

Research Opportunity – Parent Volunteers wanted

Research Opportunity Graphic (Nov 19)

Would you like to assist with a research study?

We’re working with an Obstetric Consultant at the RVI who is studying the impact of steroid injections given to a mother before induction of labour at 34 – 37 weeks to reduce the risk of the baby being admitted to the Neonatal Unit. The project will look at short-term and long-term (up to 7 years of age) outcomes for the babies.

He is looking for a parent to assist with the study. To take part, you must fulfil the below criteria:

  • Your baby was born between 34 and 37 weeks
  • Your baby was admitted to the Neonatal Unit
  • Ideally, your labour will have been induced.

For this part of the study, it does not matter whether or not you received a steroid injection before the birth.

Parents would need to be in a position to support the project for 1-2 years, after which they can continue if their circumstances permit. The initial stage is to support work leading to a research grant application. If the application is successful, the work would be remunerated according to NHS rules.

Your role will be to ensure that the research takes account of the views of parents and children and that documents can be easily understood by parents. Please note, the NHS requests that parents assisting in this way should not have a healthcare qualification.

If you would be interested in taking part, please contact, who will then pass on any suitable candidates to the research team.

We are very grateful to anyone who is able to offer their time for this.

Tiny Lights for Tiny Lives – World Prematurity Day 2019

Tiny Lights for Tiny Lives (IG)

Join Tiny Lives and RVI Ward 35 staff to celebrate World Prematurity Day 2019!

Leaving at 3.30pm on Sunday 17th November, RVI staff will be leading a purple-lit walk from Grey’s Monument to Newcastle Quayside, where the Tyne and Millennium Bridges will be lit up in purple to honour of all the babies and families who have experienced a premature birth. Candles and glo-sticks will also be provided to help you light your way and show your support.

This is a wonderful opportunity to honour your little one who came too soon.

It’s a family-friendly event, we would appreciate if you could RSVP to give us an idea of numbers – we can’t wait to see you there!

RSVP on the Facebook event here.

wpd poster (unit designed)