The forced cancellation of a family fun day and sponsored walk has proved no impediment to Trustack’s fund-raising activities, with staff at the MSP raising £7,200 for the Tiny Lives Trust through a variety of virtual fund-raising activities.
The sums raised enabled the MSP to honour its 2019 commitment to help fund the charity’s vCreate service, which allows parents to receive real-time, video updates and photos of babies in the Neonatal Unit at Newcastle’s RVI Hospital.
Rachel Hardwick (above), Funding and Partnerships Officer at Tiny Lives, points out that this service has been particularly useful during the pandemic, when opportunities for face-to-face contact have been severely reduced.
She said: “Being able to see videos from the ward of their little ones has been absolutely vital for parents who have been isolating, and when there have been restrictions on visiting. It has always been an important service, but it has really come into its own during the pandemic.”
Over the last three years, Tiny Lives has used the service to send 1,123 videos and 2,651 photos to 371 families, and also supplied iPads and accessories to the Neonatal Unit.