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Mad Hatter Charity Ball

An amazing £25,000 raised! 


How the weeks just fly by…this time last week we were ticking off our checklist in preparation for our Mad Hatter Charity Ball which took place on Saturday 20th October at the Hilton Hotel Newcastle/Gateshead.

Guests were welcomed into the drinks reception through a beautiful floral arch, where they had the honour of meeting our very own Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts on their thrones.

Our Mad Hatter guided guests through to the main room and once seated the very talented dancers from Tyne Theatre Stage School kicked off the evening with a wonderful performance from Wonderland the musical. Guests then took part in a quirky Eat Me/Drink Me ice breaker with the winner receiving a nice little Gin gift set.




The night was expertly hosted by Pete Graves of Sky Sports who also took on the role of auctioneer. Our auction raised over £19k with guests getting competitive with bidding and extra auction prizes being donated on the evening – incredible!

Before the auction, guests watched a short film about a family who have been through the neonatal journey, giving guests a very small insight into how families lives are turned completely upside down when they have a baby on the Neonatal Unit, but also showing how much Tiny Lives support means to the families on the unit.

The centrepieces on the night were fantastic and were all individually hand-made with their very own Eat Me/Drink me little trinkets. The hats were later modelled by guests on the dance floor as they donated on the evening to purchase one or more hats.

It was a night to remember, with quirky touches including thrones, grass walk ways, casino tables, balloon bonanza and the one and only Funk Conspiracy who got guests up and dancing within seconds.

Thank you so much to everyone who made the night possible.

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Paige is always thinking of the next fundraiser…


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Ten years ago, Paige was on the neonatal unit at the RVI after being born at 26 weeks weighing 2lb. Over the years Paige and her family have raised funds for Tiny Lives through various fundraising activities throughout the school holidays and in school by organising a sponsored walk.

On Friday Paige invited us along to Chickflicks Hair and Beauty in West Denton. Where she had 11 inches cut off her long locks which she is donating to The Little Princess Trust, but Paige didn’t stop there as she asked all her family and friends if they would sponsor her with all donations coming to Tiny Lives.

Ever since we met Paige she is always thinking how she can support Tiny Lives and other charities who help people.

Well Done Paige, you are a very brave girl with a big heart!!

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Blackhall Colliery Care Home Supports Tiny Lives

The caring people at Field View care home in Blackhall Colliery have been raising money to help support newborn babies and their families at Newcastle’s RVI hospital.

The home raised £100 for The Tiny Lives Trust, the charity which supports premature and sick newborn babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit at Newcastle’s RVI hospital, and donated gift bags for new parents on the ward containing baby care essentials such as nappies, wipes, dummies, and soft toys.

The team at Field View – a care home for the elderly and people living with dementia – decided to support the charity after the granddaughters of a long-serving Carer at the home were born prematurely and spent two weeks in the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.

Identical twins Mia and Maddison Elliot were born at 33 weeks and weighed just three pounds each at the time of their birth on 10th May 2018.

Sharon Quinn, who has worked at Field View for five years and is the grandmother of Mia and Maddison, said; “We were so pleased when Janice, our Activities Coordinator, asked me if the home could raise money to support the Tiny Lives charity. Mia and Maddison and my daughter Kayleigh received exceptional care at the RVI. From the moment they knew the twins would be born prematurely they were so kind and reassuring to Kayleigh and had her visiting a consultant three times a week. We valued their support so much, so it was lovely to get the opportunity to give back and help other families going through similar circumstances.”

Louise Carroll, Community and Events Fundraiser at The Tiny Lives Trust, visited the home to meet the team and collect their donations. She said: “It was lovely to be invited to Field View to personally say thank you to Janice, Sharon, Kayleigh and other members of the team for kindly supporting Tiny Lives in respect of Mia and Maddison spending time on the NICU. Because of the very kind donation, Tiny Lives can continue to support families and babies on the unit.”


Tiny Lives need your views!

Please help us by completing a survey if your baby has spent time in the RVI Neonatal Unit.

Please click here and help us to help future families.

It’s only by knowing your views and suggestions that we can develop the support we give to help families at one of the most critical times of their lives.

Thank you!

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Raffle raises over £800 for Tiny Lives

Thank you

We would like to say a massive thank you to the staff at Pandora in Newcastle who kindly organised a raffle which took place during their lunch hour and also extended out to friends and family who purchased raffle tickets, with everyone’s very kind support they have raised £820, thank you so much as this will help us to continue purchasing miniboos for babies and families on the neonatal/special care baby unit (you can see baby Rio below with his miniboo).  Staff kindly chose Tiny Lives to support as the charity is close to the heart of one of their colleagues as her friend’s baby spent time on the unit when born.


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Blaydon Staffs Club

On Friday evening we had the pleasure of being invited along to the Blaydon Staffs Clubs to receive a lovely donation of £1,200 which they have raised throughout 2017, in total they raised the amazing amount of £2,400 and kindly split the donations between Tiny Lives and Macmillan.

We thought it would be nice to take along the lovely photo of Rio in his Claire’s Nest with his miniboo to show everyone that with their support we can continue to keep supporting the neonatal/special care baby unit.

It’s always nice to be invited to the Blaydon Staffs Club who have supported Tiny Lives for many years now and it was sad to hear Albert who started all the fundraising off sadly passed away last year, he will always be in our thoughts.

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Teddy and Grandad John

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After Teddy was born at 32 weeks and 5 days and needing a major operation at the RVI, he become a member of the neonatal/special care baby unit family.

While Teddy was fighting hard every day in the neonatal unit, grandad John also wanted to show he was behind Teddy and he was going to fight every day with his own challenge – John Barker Weight Loss, through his challenge John, his family and friends have and continue to kindly support Tiny Lives. When John started his challenge (01.01.2018) he weighted 16st ¼ at the time of writing this (14.02.2018) he now weights 14st ¾  – well done John!!

Teddy is now home and doing well with his family.  Grandad John is still going strong with his weight loss and support to Tiny Lives and we are sure John will be even more determined now Teddy is home.

Thank you to everyone who has support John so far because of your support Tiny Lives is able to continue to support families on the neonatal/special care baby unit.


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We are Looking for Dads Help…

We are looking for Dads help.

Staff on the neonatal/special care baby unit are asking Dads if they would be happy to share their stories, of their experience as a Dad who has been through the neonatal/special care baby unit with their babies .

Your story of your individual neonatal journey, whether it is one short paragraph or a few pages. Will be compiled into a file, that can be accessed by Dads currently on the unit. Any names of babies or staff will be changed making it confidential, unless you state you are happy for names to be kept as the original.

Having stories specifically from Dads would be great, as new Dads on the unit will know they aren’t alone and it will also help staff understand as a unit what your unique needs are and how they can look to meet them.

If this is something, you would like to help with please contact either Matt Cray ( ) or Louise at Tiny Lives ( ) 0191 230 2112.

Thank you!

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MTrec continue their support

Since 2006 we have worked closely with MTrec Recruitment based in Newcastle, and with their support we have raised much needed funds to continue supporting babies and their families on the neonatal/special care baby unit at the RVI, Newcastle.

In 2013, MTrec very kindly agreed to sponsor our running vests and sports t-shirts, meaning we could provide not only our Great North runners with the vests and t-shirts but also any of our supporters who chose to take on a sporting or physical challenge to support Tiny Lives.

Our amazing supporters have taken part in Coast to Coast bike rides, Tough Mudders, many ½ marathons, full marathons, fun runs, colour runs, sky dives and many more crazy and wonderful adventures! Our dedicated supporters have even trained on their holidays meaning our vests have made it all the way to Thailand, Spain and many more sunny places!

Without this valuable sponsorship from MTrec we would have not been able provide all of these amazing supporters with these vests and T-shirts.

A massive thank you to MTRec Recruitment for kindly agreeing to sponsor these for the foreseeable future.

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Colin Sanderson C2C

Jake Robson - Warrior Beach Assulat

Mark Hutton Cardiff

Chris Stewart - Tough Mudder

Avan Mullen - Jak Wells

Avan Mullen - Tyne Boat Race

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Great North Run 2017 (14)

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In the meantime, if you are planning on undertaking any kind of physical challenge while fundraising for Tiny Lives this year, please get in touch and let us know all about it! We will be able to post one of our vests or t-shirt out to you.


Because of you…

…Tiny Lives won the Green Token Scheme at Asda, Gosforth.  Thank you so much to all staff and customers who supported Tiny Lives through the green token scheme.

We were over the moon when Michelle, Community Colleague at Asda contacted us to say we had won the Green Token Scheme, in which we received a wonderful cheque for £500.

We could only think of one special little girl to collect the lovely donation on behalf of Tiny Lives.  Islay who always put her green token into the Tiny Lives slot, came along with her mum and little brother to accept the donation.

Islay has been a great supporter of Tiny Lives from day one by featuring in the Tiny Lives Film and helping her dad with his latest challenge for Tiny Lives and Cerebra.

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