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Tiny Lives funds RVI Neonatal Unit refurbishment!

Tiny Lives is proud to announce that we have funded a remarkable transformation of the Neonatal Unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. What was once a space has now been transformed into a nurturing and comforting environment, designed to enhance the overall atmosphere, wellbeing and comfort of families with their premature or sick newborn baby.
Thanks to their generous and dedicated supporters we have been able to provide over £50,000 of funding for the refurbishment that aims to enhance the overall atmosphere and comfort for families. Providing a space that feels less clinical and more nurturing alleviates some of the stress and anxiety experienced by families whose baby is on the Neonatal unit, at what can be one of the most challenging times of their lives.

Kelly Blakeney, Chief Executive of Tiny Lives said,

“Tiny Lives is proud to support the refurbishment of the Neonatal Unit at the RVI. Families are at the heart of everything we do, and we are committed to ensuring that we help to create an environment that gives premature and sick newborn babies and their families the best possible chance to thrive. This is only possible because of the dedication and generosity of our fantastic supporters. “

The completion of the refurbishment, which was undertaken by Grosvenor Interiors, was celebrated this week with an official opening and a special cake being shared with parents whose babies are currently on the neonatal unit. A Mam from Newcastle whose baby girl is on the neonatal unit, said of the completed work,

“I love it! It has made the family room a place where I can relax and have some mind space away from the clinical side of things after doing my baby’s cares.  Its gives me a bit normality”

Dr Jen Dixon, a Neonatal Paediatrician from the RVI who led on the refurbishment said,

“It is essential that the Neonatal unit provides a physical and social environment that is family friendly, comfortable and which enables parents to spend as much time as they wish with their babies, minimising separation and enhancing experiences of care. I am delighted to the say the funding from Tiny Lives has made this possible.”  

Meet, Chat, Learn is growing!

Thanks to your incredible feedback and overwhelming demand, we’re thrilled to announce that Tiny Lives is adding more groups in new locations to accommodate more neonatal parents and babies!

Your feedback has been invaluable in shaping our classes, ensuring they meet the needs of parents and babies who have spent time on the neonatal unit. With the new classes, we’re coming to more locations, making it easier for families to connect with other parents on similar journeys.

We can continue to offer these classes, free of charge to neonatal families, thanks to the amazing support and fundraising we receive from our supporters.

Booking will be opening on 28th March – please look out for:

⭐️ Baby Yoga and Baby Massage classes

• In Newcastle – Tuesday PM with Soothing Baby Massage and Yoga, at West Denton Community Centre

• In Gateshead – Tuesday AM with KalmaLife Gateshead, at MetroCentre Community Hub

⭐️ Music, Movement and Sensory classes

• In Newcastle – Wednesday PM with The Baby Hub, at Owl Tree Children’s Cafe

• In Gateshead – Thursday PM with The Baby Hub, at Raven Valley Gym Club

⭐️ Art and Creative Play Classes

• In Newcastle – Friday midday with ARTventurers Newcastle at Great Park Community Centre

• In Gateshead – Friday PM with ARTventurers Tyne Valley, at Blaydon Youth and Community Centre

There will also be the weekly Bubbles Group, hosted by Newcastle Community Nursing Team and 0-19 service, at Fawdon Children’s Centre, Wednesday PM

Every month, you can also come along to our popular ‘Stay and…’ sessions, hosted by Tiny Lives and our Peer Supporters;

⭐️ Stay and Play, Saturday AM at Alan Shearer Centre

⭐️ Stay and Splash, at Sunday PM PaddlePod Whitley Bay

If you have any questions about our groups, please contact us here.

Pick Tiny Lives for your Partnership!

• Could your company or employer partner with a local charity that supports babies and families from across the North East and North Cumbria?

• Does your company or employer want to make a real difference to local lives?

We are calling all corporate superheroes to select Tiny Lives as your Charity of the Year. Imagine the incredible impact we could make together to support neonatal babies and their families!

We have worked with companies of all different shapes and sizes and corporate support looks different for everyone; fundraising, volunteering, gifts in kind, opening doors or providing a platform. We would love to chat about what a Charity of the Year partnership could look like for the company you work at. So, get in touch with rachel@tinylives.org.uk and let’s start the conversation!

Great North Run 2024

If you’re interested in running the Great North Run in aid of Tiny Lives in September 2024, please fill in our expression of interest form below.

Please note we may not be able to allocate you a GNR charity place. Successful runners will need to pay the GNR Registration Fee to confirm their place.

We ask all interested runners to also enter the Great North Run general ballot when this opens in January 2024. By doing this you are kindly giving as many interested runners as possible the opportunity to experience the Great North Run and raise valuable funds to help Tiny Lives support neonatal families!

    We will bring you an update on our 2023 Great North Runners very soon!