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Important Update: Christmas Reunion 2021

 

Sadly, The Tiny Lives Christmas Reunion will not be going ahead this year.

After careful consideration, including consultation with parents, clinical staff at the RVI and discussions with the staff team, our Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision not to hold the annual Christmas Reunion this year.

We have taken into account various risk factors including not only COVID-19, but the high rate of respiratory viruses this year, and the particular vulnerability of some of the babies and children in our Tiny Lives family. The safety of our guests, staff, volunteers and everyone else who makes the Reunion possible is our priority, and we hope you all understand why we feel that this is the right decision.

We know this will come as a disappointment as like of many of you, the Christmas reunion is a highlight for us at Tiny Lives. We hope to be able to bring the event back next year, when we can kick off the festive season with lots of fun for the children, along with Santa Claus of course.

Tiny Lives Launches Ten for Prem

 
Ten for Prem!
Ten for Prem is our new initiative, encouraging YOU to walk, run or cycle 10k throughout November whilst raising funds for Tiny Lives! 
 

World Prematurity Day takes place on November 17th, and we challenge YOU to take part in Ten for Prem throughout the month. Why Ten? Around 1 in 10 babies in the UK are born prematurely often having to spend time on the Neonatal unit where they receive special care and support. Your Ten for Prem will help over 800 families every year who spend time on the RVI Neonatal unit. 

This is how it works:

  • Decide what you’re going to do! Are you a runner, walker or cyclist? You don’t need to do your 10k all in one go. You can spread this out over a weekend, a week or the month!
  • Set up your fundraising page. We recommend using Enthuse OR JustGiving
  • Share your fundraising page with your family and friends! 
  • Make sure you take some pictures and share them with us! You can email them to us or use the hashtag #TenForPrem and we’ll share your photos throughout the month!

If you are unable to take part in the challenge but would still like to donate, please click here.

Thank you so much for supporting Tiny Lives! As always, we couldn’t continue our vital work without you.

Tiny Lives welcomes Corporate Volunteers!

 
 
Over the last week, Tiny Lives welcomed a number of volunteers from  Willmott Dixon and  RSM UK Accounting and Tax into the office. The incredible volunteers dedicated their time and helped the Tiny Lives team put together hundreds of Parent Packs! 🥰
 
Parent Packs are full of useful bits and pieces to help make the initial transition to the Neonatal Unit a little easier. These include the ‘Tiny Lives, Big Memories’ book, which features stickers, milestone cards and customisable pages to encourage parents to document their journey and take joy in tiny milestones, from baby coming off oxygen to getting their first bath.
 
If your business is interested in volunteering, please get in touch at info@tinylives.org.uk! 🤝

Online Retail Volunteers Needed!

Tiny Lives are looking for volunteers to assist in an exciting new venture!

We’re looking for volunteers to help in all areas of our online sales. This ranges from supporting the administrative function with listing items, photography and/or you can support the logistics operation with packing and dispatching items that have been sold online. This is a home-based volunteer role working remotely with the Nearly New Sales Coordinator.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience working with a non-profit charity whilst also helping raise vital funds to help premature and sick newborn babies.

For more information to read the full job description and how to apply click here.

Personalised Letters from Santa- Back for 2021!

Tiny Lives have had some exciting news direct from the North Pole!  Santa has kindly offered to once again, write and post some very special letters.

These letters are a perfect way for ALL families to help support premature and sick babies and families on the RVI Neonatal Unit. You don’t have to have spent time on the Unit to order some, they’re available to everyone!

The Santa letters are personalised for each child and will contain magical North Pole ‘snow’! We suggest a £5 or £10 donation per letter (you can choose at the checkout), which includes postage costs – although anything you can give will be very much appreciated. The funds raised from the sale of these letters will go a long way to supporting families on the RVI Neonatal Unit through this festive period and beyond.  

Letters can be ordered here and the elves will be popping them into the post from Monday 6th December.

Luke and Paul’s Hike to Hospitals…

 

On Friday 17th September we met one of our kind supporters from Cumbria, Luke Evans along with his partner Natasha, their eldest son Harry.  

They have supported Tiny Lives with a family fun day held in June 2021 raising over £2k and the latest challenge Luke set himself was a 140 mile walk from Whitehaven, Cumbria, along the Hadrian’s Wall route all the way to the RVI all in loving memory of their youngest son Arthur, who passed away on the unit in January 2021.  

But when Luke got to the RVI to meet his family, a member of staff from the unit and Louise from Tiny Lives, his walk was still not complete.  Luke took on the miles with his friend Paul (and Paul’s 2 dogs) Paul took on this challenge to support the Freeman Hospital in respect of his 3-year-old son receiving care from them when born.  After a week of walking, they managed to rest their legs a little at the RVI before finally finishing their 142 miles at the Freeman Hospital, where Paul’s family were waiting to greet them.

Louise said “It was lovely to meet the family face to face, to thank them for all their support to Tiny Lives and the moment little Harry ran towards his dad, it bought tears to my eyes.  We would also like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has support Luke and Natasha with their fundraising for Tiny Lives, helping us with our ongoing support to the families, babies and staff on the unit”. 

Luke has raised £1,700 from his walk – well done!!!

Newcastle Dragon Boat Race 2021!

 

Have you got a workplace that’s competitive? – Are you and your mates competitive? – Or could you take on this challenge with a boat of strangers?

Well, you could be the perfect team/individual, to take part in the Newcastle Dragon Boat Race 2021, which is to take place on Saturday 2nd October along the River Tyne.   Your family and friends can come along a cheer you on too as there’s lots going on for the spectators throughout the day.

Not only would you be taking on this unique boat race, along the Tyne.  You will also be supporting 2 local charities – Tiny Lives and Chuf.

To register or for more information about the day, contact Louise at Tiny Lives or Philip one of the organisers 

Newcastle Law Firm Stowe Family Law makes donation to Tiny Lives

Corporate Supporters are so important to Tiny Lives, and we are always thrilled when a local company chooses to make a difference and donate to us.

We were recently contacted by the wonderful team at Stowe Family Law, who have opened an office in Newcastle and were keen to support local families. They have now made a generous donation of £250 to Tiny Lives!

Rachel Hardwick, Funding and Partnerships Officer at Tiny Lives said: “This kind donation could fund 8 Claire’s Nests, or 25 Parent Packs for families newly admitted to the RVI Neonatal Uni and is sure to make a huge difference. We are so grateful for the wonderful support showed by Stowe Family Law.”

Tom Suttill, speaking on behalf of the Law Firm, said: “Stowe Family Law are proud to support Tiny Lives Trust with a donation towards their wonderful work with babies & families in the region. We would wholeheartedly encourage other local businesses to get involved and contribute in any way possible.”

If your workplace is feeling inspired and would like to aid Tiny Live in supporting 800+ babies and families annually on the RVI Neonatal Unit, you can find out more about Corporate Support here, or contact Rachel, here.

Stowe Family Law are a compassionate team of successful family solicitors who serve clients in the Tyne and Wear region from their Newcastle office: https://www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk/offices/newcastle/

vCreate-First-Ever Video Diaries Day!

Today is the FIRST-EVER Video Diaries Day!

vCreate allows for staff to share videos of babies with their parents, helping them to bond even when they can’t physically be together

At Tiny Lives we are so proud to fund the service at the RVI’s Neonatal Unit. Since Nov 1st 2018 to end of August 2021 the unit has helped 371 families, sent 1,123 videos and 2, 651 photos.

We also supply iPads and accessories to the Unit to facilitate this system.

#Team Tiny Lives-GNR 2021 Weekend-Thank You!

 

WHAT A WEEKEND!

On Saturday we had lots of Mini and Junior Great North Runners – thank you to each and everyone of you, it means so much to us to have such amazing little supporters. 

We are still grinning from ear to ear after being able to see so many of our supporters face to face at yesterday’s Great North Run. 

A huge thank you to each and every runner who took part over the weekend and raised vital funds for the babies and families we  support.

Louise Carroll, Community and Events Fundraiser said “The Great North Run is always such a special day for us at Tiny Lives and this year has been no different.  Our GNR 2021 runners have been incredible and we cannot thank them all enough. It has been one to remember!  Looking forward to seeing some of you again next year”  

Thank you to our sponsors MTrec and Mila Rosina’s Café  and to our team of volunteers for being a part of this fantastic event and helping to make it all possible. 

 

If you would like to join #TeamTinyLives for #GNR2022 click here