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Film casts light on vital charity work.

Byline: Kerry Wood Reporter

SHARING their most emotional moments, parents have spoken of seeing their precious newborns needing vital care to help them stay alive.

Featuring families from across the region, a new short film gives a glimpse into the critical work of the Tiny Lives Trust which supports the Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle's RVI. With more than 700 premature and ill newborns, some weighing less than 2lbs, admitted each year, the trust has been offering emotional and practical support to new parents since the 1970s.

But with a rise in demand on its services, Tiny Lives registered as a charity earlier this year and set out on a fundraising mission to raise at least PS200,000 a year to continue providing the additional support to thousands of families who find themselves unable to leave hospital after welcoming their new baby into the world.

Keith Nicholson, head of Tiny Lives, said: "The film represents a point in time where we see the demand for our services increasing and the statutory funding decreasing. "The chance to give our fundraisers some of the limelight is really important to us.

"The obvious thing the trust helps with is the purchase of specialist equipment, but it does so much more to support families."

Through the fundraising efforts of the community and those touched by the unit's work the trust provides help with provisions such as food and longterm car parking at the hospital, help with bereavement, breastfeeding support, somewhere on site to stay so they can be close to their babies, specialist training and research.

Neonatal consultant on the ward Richard Hearn said: "The trust does a huge amount of additional good alongside the care we provide on the unit. Tiny Lives helps soften the impact for families who find themselves needing the special care baby unit.

"The standard of care we provide on the NHS is amazing but the sort of level of specialist training we can offer and the support families have wouldn't be possible without the trust.

To view the short film visit For more details about how to raise funds for Tiny Lives and its work visit


Film maker Katja Roberts of Meerkat Films at the Tiny Lives film launch at the RVI
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 20, 2013
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