Author Archives: Marina Dodgson

Catherine McKinnell MP visits Ward 35


Catherine McKinnell, Member of Parliament for Newcastle North, visited the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI on Friday (13th December) to see the work being done by the Tiny Lives charity to support the parents and staff at the unit.

Every year, 700+ premature or ill newborn babies are admitted to the hospital from across the North East and Cumbria, with up to 34 babies being looked after at any one time, many of whom spend many weeks and months on the unit.

Tiny Lives was set up to support the Newcastle Neonatal Service at the RVI by helping raise funds to buy extras not provided by the NHS.

Catherine said of the visit: ‘I am very impressed by the work of the staff at the unit and the care and attention given to the very vulnerable babies and their parents is incredible, at what can be a very difficult time.

‘Having a charity such as Tiny Lives supporting the unit is a really valuable resource and it was great to hear about their many plans for the future to help support parents and their babies at the RVI.’

Keith Nicholson, Head of Tiny Lives said of the visit: ‘We are really fortunate to have Catherine visit us and help highlight the work of the staff on the unit, and it is a real pleasure to be able to show her first hand the work funded by our many fundraisers’.

October Nearly New Sale

Title: October Nearly New Sale
Location: Trinity Church, Gosforth
Link out: Click here
Description: Come along to the October Nearly New Sale!
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-10-12
End Time: 13:00

Christmas Reunion Party 2013!

We’re delighted to be posting and emailing invites out to all of our lovely supporters, but we thought there may be people out there, especially new parents from the unit who haven’t met us yet, so here is the application form for the Christmas Reunion Party 2013!  Simply click on the link below through to open the form in Word format and then email to – we look forward to seeing you there!

Web Application

Help with Printing

A fantastic supporter of Tiny Lives, Paul Hillhouse has organised amazing support from a fabulous company, Discount Banner Printing – please visit them at to see the quality of their work.

As a special incentive, Charities can get FREE printing – please contact them for details and a quote!  A massive THANK YOU goes out from Tiny Lives and our supporters for their amazing service – THANK YOU!

2013 Diamonds and Ice Ball

Tiny Lives are thrilled to be able to announce that Jo and Deborah from Ponteland Private Nursery are supporting Tiny Lives!  The fabulous team from Ponteland Private Nursery are organising a sparkling Diamonds and Ice Ball to be held at the Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel on Saturday 14th December from 7pm.  Only a few weeks after releasing tickets, half of the 500 seats have been sold.  Keith Nicholson, Head of Tiny Lives said, ‘We are delighted and humbled that Jo and Deborah are able to support us again this year in organising what promises to be a spectacular evening.  I would encourage anyone interested to come along to what will be a very special evening’.

For further information on the event, please contact Jo or Deborah on 01661 871469.


Barclaycard Family Fun Day

Title: Barclaycard Family Fun Day
Location: Barclaycard, Carol Burlison, Massey Road, TS17 6EX
Description: Family Fun Day for the Barclaycard community and families!
Start Time: 12.01
Date: 2013-07-13
End Time: 17.00

Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale

Nearly New Sale - ShoppersTitle: Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale
Location: Trinity Church, High Street, Gosforth
Link out: Click here
Description: Fabulous sale of high quality nearly new toys, clothes, and equipment for babies and toddlers.  Be there by 10.00am and join the queue!

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-03-09
End Time: 13:00

Cedar House Sponsored Silence!

The girls at Cedar House sold Tiny Lives pens and pin badges, and even did a sponsored silence to raise valuable funds.  We can’t keep quiet for very long so well done!! Cedar House Jan13