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New Hospital Lockers thanks to Newcastle Building Society Grant

  • November 18, 2020
  • admin

New parents on the neonatal unit at James Cook Hospital now have somewhere safe to store their belongings thanks to the generosity of Newcastle Building Society.

Neoangels was asked if we could raise money to buy some secure lockers for parents to use while their babies were being treated on the unit.

With the areas around the unit’s 35 incubators having to be kept almost completely clear for health reasons and the existing parent lockers having broken doors and lost keys, parents had been forced to leave to leave their belongings either behind the reception desk or in other locations that weren’t secure.

But now, after Neoangels approached Newcastle Building Society for support for the project, a £2,630 grant awarded through the Society’s Yarm branch has enabled us to buy 21 new numbered lockers which have been installed just outside the unit.

Susan Bridel, CEO at Neoangels, says: “All the incubators on the unit can have chairs next to them, but nothing else, so any parents sitting with their babies have to find somewhere else to keep their bags and belongings.

“Keeping them at the reception desk was far from ideal for anyone, as there’s already enough pressure on the space there, and anywhere else is insecure and out of sight, which is no use when parents already have enough to worry about.

“Having the lockers available right outside the unit is already making a big difference, and the feedback on them that we’ve had from both staff and families has been fantastic.

“It would have taken us a considerable time to raise the money needed for the lockers, especially in the present circumstances when so many of our fundraising activities are on hold, so the support we’ve had from Newcastle Building Society has been invaluable.”

Carrieanne Wilford, assistant manager at Newcastle Building Society’s Yarm branch, adds: “The Neoangels team does a huge amount of work towards relieving some of the financial and emotional stress facing the families of babies that are being looked after in hospital and the impact it has can’t be overestimated.

“This is a simple idea that’s already making a big difference and we’re very pleased to have supported it as part of our commitment to improving the well-being of our communities.”

The funding has been provided by the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation, which was set up to offer grants to charities and community groups located in or around the communities served by the Society’s branch network.

Since its launch in 2016, Newcastle Building Society’s Community Fund has contributed over £1.8m in grants and partnerships with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Princes Trust. The grants are so far estimated to have had a positive impact on more than 151,000 people.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Society also made a £100,000 contribution to the £1m appeal set up by the Tyne and Wear Community Foundation for its Coronavirus Recovery and Response Fund.

The Newcastle Building Society Community Fund is run in association with the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Thank you to The Tees Valley Community Foundation

  • November 3, 2020
  • admin

Neoangels were absolutely delighted to receive a grant of £1000 from the Tees Valley Community Foundation earlier this year!

The grant was made towards the costs of parent/carer meals, travel and parking expenses and water bottles, which was part of our breast feeding project.

Parents and carers looking after babies on the neonatal units of both North Tees and James Cook Hospitals were able to access the funding through Neoangels.

There can be a number of challenges for new parents/carers whose babies are receiving support from neonatal care. The emotional worry of having a child who requires additional support is just one. For most families, spending a significant amount of time in hospital with their child incurs significant costs. For some, this cost can have a huge impact on their life and their well being.

We are incredibly grateful to Tees Valley Community Foundation for their support. The grant of £1000 was received in May and every penny has gone directly to families in need of support.

If you would like to support the work of Neoangles, please visit our Just Giving page. Do let us know about your fundraising activities so that we can support you with them.

Super Stroll raises over £1000!!

  • August 25, 2020
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A huge thanks to all of the families who took part in the 2020 Super Stroll!

Our plans to host the event in Hardwick Park were scuppered as a result of Covid-19, so we had to do things a bit differently this year. To ensure social distancing, families were invited to dress up and take part in the Super Stroll at a destination of their own choice.

Dozens of families across Teesside took part in the event, posting their fab photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (we LOVED seeing the children dressed as their favourite superheroes)!

We were delighted to smash our fundraising target of £1000, especially in the current climate, and are very grateful to everyone who donated! The funds raised will be used well and we look forward to posting an update of what we are up to and how vital funds raised are being used to support children and families across Teesside.

The event also helped raise the profile of the charity as it generated coverage from BBC Radio Tees and The Northern Echo. Well done to our CEO, Sue, who was a tad nervous about appearing LIVE on BBC Radio Tees – she did a fab job 🙂

Thanks to Trenchers Award Winning Fish & Chip Restaurant for donating a voucher for 4 people. Everyone who donated £10+ was entered into a prize draw to win the voucher. Congratulations to the winner – Edie Peacock! NeoAngels supported Edie’s twin nephews and their family, so it is a charity close to her heart.

Thanks also to Wynyard Hall, who donated a family pass to The Gardens. This prize was for the best dressed family. The winner will be announced shortly – it’s been a very tough decision as there were some fabulous costumes.

Kind-hearted Paul gives premature and sick baby charity a £10,000 boost

  • February 28, 2018
  • Lottie King

DEDICATED Paul Murray helped raise £10,000 to support sick and premature babies at The University Hospital of North Tees, giving the Neoangels charity its largest donation to date.

Paul, 56, from Billingham, along with members of The Swan Pub’s Charitable Fund, have been fundraising for the Neonatal Unit at the hospital for more than two decades.

Paul’s younger brother Robert was cared for on the Neonatal Unit in 1973, when he was born six weeks premature, and it was that experience that inspired Paul, and his friends to fundraise to help babies like his brother.

The group have previously purchased and donated items including, a CPAP machine, which helps babies with who need breathing support, a Bilibed which helps babies who have jaundice and an I.V Docking Station for several life-saving intravenous drugs to be administered.

Now, with the help of his friend Steven Perkis, Paul has presented the Neoangels Charity which supports sick and premature babies on the Neonatal Unit at North Tees, with a cheque for £10,000.

Paul has taken part in Coast to Coast bike rides, the famous Boxing Day Dip at Redcar as well as sky dives to raise money for the Unit, while The Swan held charity nights.

Paul, said: “It all started years ago when we did a disco night at the pub and we discussed where the money should go. One of the lads suggested the Special Care Baby Unit (as it was known back then) and after the care I saw my brother receive I was more than happy to fundraise for them.

“We would fundraise to buy equipment for the Unit, we would go in and ask what they wanted, and we bought it for them. Barbara Harrison, who was the Ward Manager at the time, and Dr Harikumar would always come along to our presentation evenings to collect the cheques or equipment.

“When there were talks of the new hospital at Wynyard, we moved the money to a savings account as we didn’t want any donated equipment left behind.”

In December, Paul went up to the Neonatal Unit to deliver the incredible news that the account had more than £9,500 in and that Paul himself would top it up to make the £10,000.

Paul wanted to donate his money to the Neoangels Charity after seeing the work they do on the Unit and the difference the team are making to the families and staff.

Zoe Musgrave, Staff Nurse and Trustee, said: “When Paul came in and told us just how much money he had raised and wanted to donate, we all nearly fell on the floor in shock. It’s an astounding amount, and one that is going to make such an enormous difference to the ward. We cannot thank him enough.”

Lottie King, Chief Executive Officer, added: “Paul and his friends really have gone above and beyond over the years for our babies and purchased life-saving equipment. It is an honour for us to be able to carry on their legacy and provide even more help and equipment to our Neonatal Unit. We will forever be grateful to Paul and Steve.”

Neoangels supports families of sick and premature babies on the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees. It offers financial support, emotional support, bereavement care and purchases medical equipment.


  • February 15, 2018
  • Lottie King

NEOANGELS, the charity which supports families of sick and premature babies on the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, will have vital funds raised for them thanks to North East Ladies Day.

NELD, or North East Ladies Day brings together ladies across the North East region to raise substantial funds for well deserving charities.

Since it began in 1983, NELD has raised almost £300,000 for local charities, including Zoe’s Place, Project Linus and Remembering Rebecca. The charity also receives a letter from Her Majesty, The Queen to commend the team for their efforts.

This year, one of the chosen charities is Neoangels, also chosen are JPC Community Farm and We Can Dance.

Neoangels offers financial support, emotional support and bereavement support to families of sick and premature babies on the North Tees Neonatal Unit as well as purchasing medical equipment.

Each year, North East Ladies Day hosts a lavish luncheon to raise as much money as possible in one day, this year it will be returning to Hardwick Hall on September 26th. On the day, lucky attendees are entertained by celebrity speakers, past events have seen the likes of Toyah Wilcox, Pam Ayres and Nicki Chapman inspire crowds. Guests are also able to bid on fantastic prizes and experiences kindly donated from businesses in the region.

The luncheons are supported by Barclaycard, Luxe Magazine and Diane Kaye Florist to name a few.

The funds raised from NELD will allow Neoangels to purchase breastfeeding chairs, new state-of-the-art breast pumps and breastfeeding shawls for mums.

Breast milk is essential for new born babies, especially those born prematurely. It helps baby develop and protects against fatal bowel infections such as NEC (Necrotising Enterocolitis).

Julie Colarossi, Team Lead, said: “Breast milk is ideal for any preterm baby as they are particularly prone to infections due to their immature gut. Breast milk helps protect from infections and has tailor made nutrients, hormones and growth factors that help baby grow and develop. It is easier to digest and even those babies born before 34 weeks who may not be ready to feed from the breast can still take mother’s milk.”

Alison Cassford, Sister, added: “The best thing about being able to support any mum with breast feeding or expressing on our Unit, is that it’s something that she can do for her baby at a time when there is very little else she can do. It certainly helps form that bond.”

Neoangels already supplies electric breast pumps to mums who need to express milk at home while their baby is on the Neonatal Unit.

Susan Andrews, Chair, North East Ladies Day, said: “After carefully considering over 30 applications from a range of worthy charities across the North East region, we are very proud to announce Neoangels as one of our three chosen charities for 2018.


“Neoangels stood out to all of us on the NELD Committee for many reasons, mainly because of the support they offer to such a wide range of families across Teesside. Most of us on the NELD Committee are parents and we can only begin to imagine the amount of support that is needed for parents with premature babies, and how valuable the work that Lottie and her team do to support these families at such a critical and difficult time in their lives.


“We were all struck by the way that Neoangels have strived so hard for their cause and are inspired by their fundraising efforts. We can’t wait to work with Neoangels and look forward to helping grow their charity and family support services even further.”


The Charity was recently invited to a presentation evening where they were able to meet the other successful 2018 charities as well as Butterfly Giving and Family Help Darlington CIO who were the 2017 charities.


Lottie King, Neoangels Chief Executive Officer, said: “It is such an incredible privilege to have been chosen by NELD this year. The difference they make to Teesside charities is really inspiring, and to be able to be a part of that, share the stories of our families, and the fantastic work our Unit does is something which means a lot to our entire team.


“The money raised for the breast feeding equipment will have a substantially positive effect on our mums and babies – we will be eternally grateful to NELD for working with us on this project.”


Emma Hedley, Business Development Manager and Trustee, added: “I’m thrilled that NELD have chosen Neoangels, they are a phenomenal team who contribute so much to the local community. It will be an honour for us to work with them and extend our support to our families of sick and premature babies on our Neonatal Unit.”


To find our more information on Neoangels head to www.neoangels.org.uk

To find out more information on North East Ladies Day head to www.northeastladiesday.co.uk

Tickets for the event will be on sale on March 1st via the NELD website.

2017 round up!

  • January 27, 2018
  • Lottie King

2017 was a HUGE year for us here at Neoangels and we couldn’t help but share with you all a video of some of our best bits….



  • January 9, 2018
  • Lottie King

PROUD Teessider, Great British Rowing Team medal winner, and Team GB hopeful, Beth Bryan joins Neoangels as its new Patron.

Neoangels supports families of sick and premature babies on the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees. It offers support with growing financial costs parents face when having a poorly baby, emotional support, bereavement support and it purchases medical equipment for the Unit.

Beth, who is currently part of the Women’s Great British Rowing Team with numerous silver and bronze medals under her belt, joined the charity in January and is committed to working with the charity to raise its profile and help with fundraising.

Beth has a close connection to the Neonatal Unit as her mum Debbie has worked there for more than 20 years in many roles including a Staff Nurse, Ward Manager and is now training to be an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

Beth, said: “I watched mum on the Unit as I was growing up and was always so inspired by the work the Doctors and Nurses did.

“I used to watch at the doors of each room and be fascinated by everything I saw.

“I always knew I wanted to give back to the Unit I grew up around, when Neoangels approached me to join as their Patron my answer was a very quick yes!

“The work the Charity does is exceptional, it offers so much support to so many families in so many ways and it’s such an honour to be part of this journey and making a difference.

“I’m so proud of Teesside and I love this place, being able to work with a charity in my hometown is wonderful.”

Beth will be travelling the world in 2018 including representing Great Britain in the European Sport Championships in Glasgow in August, the Rowing World Cup in Austria and World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria.

Whilst on her travels Beth will be inspiring the people she meets with the work of Neoangels and the Neonatal Unit it supports. She won’t be alone though, as she will be accompanied by the Charity’s new mascot.

Lottie King, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to bring Beth on as our Patron. Her passion and love for the work we do and the families on the Unit is inspirational.

“We bought her on the Unit recently to meet our families and talk about her work and she was a natural. Everyone loved her. She even managed to get a cuddle with one of our babies!

“We are so excited to work with her and we’re looking forward to the future together.”


  • December 21, 2017
  • Lottie King

FAMILIES spending Christmas Day on one of the region’s leading Neonatal Units will be greeted with gifts thanks to kind-hearted Teessiders.

Neoangels, the charity which supports families of sick and premature babies on the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, launched its Christmas gift appeal back in October.

The campaign, which was set up via an Amazon Wish List encouraged people to donate a gift to babies and parents who will be spending Christmas Day on the Neonatal Unit.

Gifts on the Wish List included everything from Christmas books, photo albums and keepsakes to smellies, candles and mugs.

In total, more than 180 gifts have been purchased from previous families who have spent time on the Unit, supporters of Neoangels, and local businesses including CRG Healthcare and Barclaycard.

Lottie King, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We understand how difficult the Neonatal journey is for our families and this is amplified at Christmas time.

“Our priority is to care for the families on our Neonatal Unit and this Christmas we wanted to do something extra special.

“The response we have had from businesses and local families, many of whom have been on the Unit at some stage, has been overwhelming.

“We cannot thank those who have donated enough, they really will be making such a difference on Christmas morning.”

Zoe Musgrave, Staff Nurse and Trustee, added: “Knowing our families will come in to presents on Christmas Day is going to be lovely, especially when some of them will have very poorly little babies.

“People really have been so generous!

“The staff have been really excited to see what’s been donated, and those working Christmas Day are really looking forward to watching our families open their gifts.”

Neoangels offers an array of support to families and staff on the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees including financial help with travel, parking and food costs, emotional support, bereavement care and purchasing medical equipment.

Neoangels Christmas Campaign

  • October 30, 2017
  • Lottie King

Christmas can be a very stressful time for families who will spend it on our Unit, and we know just how that feels. So, this year we decided we wanted to spread some festive cheer as we know how special ‘normality’ can be for our mummies and daddies.

We are launching the Neoangels Small but Mighty gift campaign! We have set up a gift list on Amazon filled with goodies for mum, dad and baby so each of them receives gifts from us and our lovely supporters!

We want our families to know that together, we can support them and spread a little love!

If you’d like to give a gift this Christmas and make a difference all you need to do is head to Amazon.co.uk and search for Neoangels in the ‘Find A List’ section.

Merry Christmas everyone and thank so much for any support you can give!


Tees Pride Runners raise £600 for Neoangels

  • October 17, 2017
  • Lottie King

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Michelle Kell, Dan Kell and Richard Scott who raised £600 for us when they ran the Tees Pride 10k for us back in September!

We featured Dan’s incredible story earlier this year on the website which you can read here. Dan was given a 33% chance of survival when he was born at 25 weeks 16 years ago. You can imagine how over the moon we were when his proud mum Michelle got in touch to tell us how well he was doing and that they would be running 10k for us!

We cannot thank them all enough for their dedication and compassion to give back.

Copyright 2017 Neoangels. Registered charity number: 1163797.