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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!

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Photography Volunteers wanted

 

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Tiny Lives are looking for parent volunteers who are currently on the Neonatal Unit with their baby to take part in an upcoming photo shoot, to help promote the charity and the work of Ward 35. Please see below for details:

Wednesday 29th May, approx 10am – 2pm – General Photography

Volunteers will be helping Tiny Lives to refresh their stock of images from the Neonatal Unit, which will be used on our website and in marketing materials to help promote the work of the charity and to help with fundraising.

Images may include pictures of your baby in the incubator with Miniboo etc, images of you holding your baby/linking fingers/doing cares, amongst others. If partners/siblings were able to be involved with the shoot, this would be a bonus.

These shoots may take from 10 – 30 minutes, depending on how many shots we need to take.

We would be very grateful to any parent who is willing to help us with this! Please email amy@tinylives.org.uk  to register your interest, or for more info.

Please note – this shoot was originally planned for Friday 10th May. This is the new date.

Photography and Filming Volunteers wanted

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Tiny Lives are looking for parent volunteers who are currently on the Neonatal Unit with their baby to take part in some upcoming photography and filming activities, to help promote the charity and the work of Ward 35. Please see below for details of shoots:

Wednesday 1st May, approx 12pm -2pm – Kangaroo Care filming

Volunteers will be helping to create a short film about the importance of skin-to-skin bonding with your baby, or ‘Kangaroo Care’. You will be asked to be filmed holding your baby on your skin, and to say a few words about how it helps you with bonding etc. It should take no more than 15 minutes of your time. 

Friday 10th May, approx 10am – 2pm – General Photography

Volunteers will be helping Tiny Lives to refresh their stock of images from the Neonatal Unit, which will be used on our website and in marketing materials to help promote the work of the charity and to help with fundraising. Images may include pictures of your baby in the incubator with Miniboo etc, images of you holding your baby/linking fingers/doing cares, amongst others. These shoots may take from 10 – 30 minutes, depending on how many shots we need to take.

We would be very grateful to any parent who is willing to help us with this! Please email amy@tinylives.org.uk  to register your interest, or for more info.

We want your unloved Christmas Presents!

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As much as everyone loves the generous festive season, sometimes you can end up with a few bits and bobs that you might not use (Another bubble bath gift set? More chocolate?!). This year – instead of binning it, or leaving it to gather dust in a corner – why not donate it to Tiny Lives?

We can use your generously donated Christmas gifts as great raffle and tombola prizes throughout 2019, helping to raise money for premature babies and their families on the RVI Neonatal Unit.

If you’d like to donate, please call 0191 230 2112 or email info@tinylives.org.uk to arrange a drop-off at our office. We may also be able to pick up larger amounts – just let us know.

Please note: In order to be accepted, items must be brand new and ideally in the original packaging (where possible).

Mad Hatter Charity Ball

An amazing £25,000 raised! 

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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.

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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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Dates announced for Tiny Lives Christmas Reunion 2018!

We are delighted to announce the date for our 2018 Christmas Reunion! It will take place on Saturday 24th November at St James’ Park, and all of our former SCBU families are invited for some festive fun!

You can download your Ticket Booking Form here. Please email it back to  louise@tinylives.org.uk or post it back to our office by 5.00pm on Friday 9th November. 

We hope to see you all there!

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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.”

 

Sainsbury’s Northumberland Street announces Tiny Lives as local Charity of the Year

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We are thrilled to have been voted as ‘Local Charity of the Year’ for Sainsbury’s Northumberland Street!

Tiny Lives was chosen by public vote from a shortlist of charities after an amazing show of support – especially on the Tiny Lives Facebook page – where the first call for votes was shared an incredible 143 times.

Tiny Lives will now benefit from a year of fundraising from Sainsbury’s Northumberland Street branch, including collection tins throughout store, as well as dedicated fundraising events.

Leanne Rolf, Store Manager at the branch, said: “I’m looking forward to working alongside the trust and hopefully making a difference one way or another.” It’s a cause close to Leanne’s heart, as her nephew Teddy was born prematurely and spent time on the Neonatal Unit.

The team at Tiny Lives are so excited to work alongside Sainsbury’s over the next year, and we can’t wait to see what ideas the team come up with to raise some money – we know they’ll be great advocates for the charity.

Thank you also to everyone who voted for us, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Dedicated supporter James takes on an Ironman Challenge for Tiny Lives

James Doyle has long been an amazing supporter of Tiny Lives, along with his employer MTrec, where he is Technical Manager. However, he will soon be taking his support further than ever before and completing ‘one of the biggest sporting challenges of his life’ in aid of the Tiny Lives Trust.

In just a few days time, on Sunday 15th July, James will be raising funds by taking part in an Ironman Triatholon in Bolton; a 2.4-mile open water swim, 112-mile cycle and then a 26-mile run – all in one go and all straight after the other!

James said: “For the past 6 months I have been training every day and sometimes twice a day, to reach a physical and mental state which should enable me to complete the Ironman… This has been a huge challenge, as I am genuinely very tired all of the time, the training over the past 8 weeks especially has been very demanding and the closer the event gets the greater the feeling of trepidation.”.

MTrec – a recruitment agency based in Newcastle – and James have been great supporters of Tiny Lives over the years. MTrec currently sponsor all of our Great North Run running vests, meaning that each runner can have a top-quality, branded vest for their Great North Run journey. We’re so grateful to MTrec for their ongoing support with these, as it is something that Tiny Lives may not have been able to fund alone and really helps  to spread awareness of the charity and boosts our runners’ motivation.

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Tiny Lives running vests, sponsored by MTrec

We want to wish James the best of luck for this incredible challenge, we can’t thank him enough for his determination and dedication!

You can sponsor James on his JustGiving page.