Category Archive: Featured News

COVID-19 update from Team Tiny Lives

In line with Government advice, the Tiny Lives Team are now working from home, sharing our office spaces with kids, cats and dogs! Although there will be no-one available in the Tiny Lives office, we’re still reachable via this page, by email and by phone. Feel free to drop us a line if we can help with anything, we’ll still be here to offer advice and support to our Tiny lives families – we’d especially love to hear about any fundraising you’re planning for later in the year.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and kindness during this time. Families on the neonatal unit still need our support and we continue to help them during this challenging time.  We’ll keep everyone informed about ongoing activities in due course. We’re all in this together after all!

Team Tiny Lives

2020 Dates for Nearly New Sale

The 2020 dates for the Nearly New Sales are now here!

Nearly New Sale

As usual, these will be held at Trinity Church, Gosforth, 10.00am – 1.00pm

  • Saturday 14th March 2020
  • Saturday 13th June 2020
  • Saturday 12th September 2020
  • Saturday 14th November 2020 (Christmas Special with plenty of toys!)

NNS Dates 2020

There are some exciting changes happening to the Sales in 2020, please click here for more info.

2019 Charity Ball breaks fundraising record!

Guests enjoyed jungle-themed table decorations (2) (Tiny Lives Ball, Sept 2019)

It’s been a few weeks since our Born to be Wild Charity Ball and it is safe to say that the night was a roaring success! We are pleased to announce that the Ball raised an incredible £72,000!

This is the most we have ever raised at a Charity Ball and we could not have done it without our wonderful community of supporters who attended the Ball and gave so generously on the night, as well as those who gave their time, skills or prizes for the raffle and auction. A notable mention must go to Yealands Wine, who kindly donated 18 bottles of wine for the Flag Fiesta!

The event was a complete sell-out, attended by over 300 guests. Special thanks go to dedicated Tiny Lives supporter and local businessman Rob Armstrong, who worked hard to help sell tables and who managed to club together an incredible donation of £24,000 on the night from a group of his friends!

Local taxi firm LA Taxis kindly acted as Headline Sponsor for the evening, with Associate Sponsorship coming from Pinpoint Recruitment.  Special thanks also go to the Wilkinson Family, who donated an auction prize in the form of a signed shirt from England Rugby legend, Jonny Wilkinson – patron of the Tiny Lives Trust.

The incredible amount raised will go such a long way to helping vulnerable babies and their families on the Neonatal Unit. As always, we are so grateful to everyone involved for their wonderful support.

Photographer credit: Toni and Kris at Party Perfect, who kindly donated their time for free:


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!

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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Tiny Lives launches Meet, Chat, Learn Sessions for former Ward 35 families

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Based on feedback from our parent surveys, we are pleased to announce that from July 2019 we will be piloting a programme of free sessions at the Tiny Lives office, which have been hand-picked for parents and babies who have been discharged from the RVI Neonatal Unit.

The programme for the July and August sessions can be downloaded here. It includes a whole range of activities, inlcuding Paediatric Fist Aid, Makaton Taster Sessions and Baby Massage.

We have endeavoured to offer varied opportunities, so that everyone can attend something at a time that suits them. Sessions will be held on weekdays and weekends (mainly in the mornings between 10 -1) as this was the most popular time from the parent survey.

You can find out more about the sessions on offer here. We hope to see lots of parents and babies there!

For further information or to book onto a session/course please contact Jacqui Adams 0191 230 2112,

We’ve updated our Privacy Policy

The Tiny Lives Trust is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

The updated Privacy Policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read it carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

By submitting data to us and/or using our website you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in the policy.

You can read the full Privacy Policy here and our updated Website Terms & Conditions here.

Aspiring Neonatal Nurse raises over £500 for Tiny Lives

Atlanta and Conor Charity Bike Ride (web edit)

Atlanta Austin, from Sunderland, recently completed an 18-mile cycle challenge with her partner Conor, raising an amazing total of over £500 for the Tiny Lives Trust.

They cycled from Seaburn, Sunderland to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth and the majority of the way back to reach their 18-mile goal and have been overwhelmed with support from their friends and family, having more than doubled their original fundraising goal!

Atlanta is currently studying and hopes to become a Neonatal Nurse in the future, saying:

“My aim in life is to become a Neonatal Nurse, therefore I feel very passionate about donating to this specific charity. I hope that by raising money and awareness, my contribution goes towards supporting premature and ill newborns and their families.”

We want to take this chance to say a massive thank you to Atlanta and Conor and wish her the best of luck with her studies – we’re sure she’ll be an amazing nurse.

Fundraiser Gary to take on 18 Tough Mudders in 2018

Tiny Lives IceDip

Not content with taking on just one Tough Mudder challenge, Gary Cranston has pledged to complete an amazing 18 full courses throughout 2018 – all to raise money for Tiny Lives.

Gary, from Gateshead, started his muddy challenge at the end of April and will be finishing up at the end of September. Tough Mudder courses are notoriously exhausting, with clinging mud and dirt, tricky obstacles to navigate and the distance to compete with as well.

He’ll be covering 10-12 miles on each course, contending with freezing pits of ice, climbing steep and slippery walls and squelching through over 500,000 litres of fresh mud!

Gary has chosen to raise money for Tiny Lives as a thanks for the care received by his friend’s son Kyle, who spent time on the Neonatal Unit in 2016.

Tiny Lives relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, so we’d like to say a huge thank you to Gary for his commitment to this incredible challenge.

You can find out more about the challenge and donate on Gary’s fundraising page.

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A few words from Kyle’s parents –

From a parents point of view having a premature baby was the most traumatic and terrifying experience of our lives, but the amazing help and support from the dedicated teams at Newcastle’s RVI and Tiny Lives helped get us through it. Kyle was born 17 weeks early at only 23+6 weeks, weighing a tiny 650g (1lb 7oz). He spent the first 15 weeks of his life in the Special Care Baby Unit where we as parents witnessed the invaluable help and support that Tiny Lives provide to the unit. Not only do they provide support to the babies and families but also provide essential lifesaving equipment and staff.

Kyle (1)


Get involved in the SCBU Dads’ Team

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Matt Cray, part of the Northern Neonatal Transport Service at the RVI, has recently established a dads group within the hospital, in order to offer unique support to dads who have a child on the unit.

It is acknowledged that a dad may have a completely different emotional experience to a mum when their child has to spend time on the Neonatal Unit. The dads group helps to cater for this in a friendly, informal environment.

The team is made up of dads who have experienced life on the unit, who will be chatting to and offering support to dads that are currently on SCBU with their child. The date of the next meeting is:

Sunday 23rd February 2020

As usual, sessions will take place in the Fetal Medicine Seminar Room next to Ward 35, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. For more information please contact Matt at

If you are a dad that would like to share your story about your time on the unit, please contact Matt or send an email to


Supporting Dad’s in NICU unit poster