We support an array of charities and organisations who also offer help to families of sick children, or families who have sadly lost a child. Here we’d like to share with you the ones we admire-

Walking With Grace
Walking With Grace was set up by parents Charlotte and Scott in memory of their beautiful daughter Grace who grew her angel wings on our unit. The charity provides Cuskis on the Neonatal Unit right here at the University Hospital of North Tees. The Cuskis are provided to babies who are in Intensive Care and High Dependency to encourage bonding between mum and baby or dad and baby. You can find out all about them here – http://www.walkingwithgrace.org.uk/

Team Evie
Team Evie  is a charity set up by Greg and Jill Johnston, the parents of Evie Johnston, based in West Cumbria. Throughout Evie’s life her dad kept updating everyone on her progress/difficulties through Facebook. It became apparent that Evie had quite a following of well-wishers and based on the greeting one particular consultant gave us each morning Team Evie was born! So many people sent love, support and hope Evie’s way during her life and she inspired so many people. Evie’s influence and inspiration spread far and wide, reaching places all over the world. When Evie passed away it became clear that as a community Team Evie needed to continue her positive impact on the world and the charity was created! The charity now supports the PICU and Respiratory wards at The Great North Children’s Hospital in the RVI Newcastle, PICU and Ward 23 at The Freeman as well as The Sick Children’s Trust. They also raise awareness of TOF (tracheoesophageal fistula) which affects 1 in every 3500 babies. You can keep up to date with them here – http://www.teamevie.org

Project Linus
Project Linus is a volunteer organisation, where they aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and distressed children across the UK through the provision for handmade patchwork quilts. Locally our quilts are distributed to the children in our community via North Tees Hospital, The Butterwick Children’s Hospice and Stockton Children’s Services – http://projectlinusuk.org.uk/

Blue Light Babies
Blue Light Babies is a knitting and crocheting group which has been set up by Emergency Care Support Worker for the Ambulance Service, Jo Owen. The group, which has amassed more than 2,000 members since it launched is dedicated to knitting hats and blankets and has provided a HUGE amount of support to our Neonatal Unit by donating hats, blankets and bonding squares for our families. If you’d like to join them please head to Facebook and search Blue Light Babies – https://www.facebook.com/groups/454993941378233/

Tiny Lives
The Tiny Lives Trust is a registered charity that helps to care for premature and sick newborn babies, their mothers and families in the Special Care Baby Unit of the Newcastle Neonatal Service based in Ward 35 of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle – http://www.tinylives.org.uk

Bliss
Bliss was founded in 1979 by a group of concerned parents, who discovered that no hospital had all the equipment it needed to safely care for premature and sick babies.Determined to do something, these volunteers formed a charity to give vulnerable babies the care they deserve. Almost 40 years later Bliss has grown into the leading UK charity for the 90,000 babies born needing neonatal care every year – http://www.bliss.org.uk

Sands – Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity
Sands exists to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying – http://www.sands.org.uk

The Skye High Foundation
The Skye High Foundation was set up in memory of Skye, who lost her battle shortly after birth, and was survived by her twin sister Callie. Skye, was diagnosed with fatal condition called anencephaly at mum, Millie’s 12 week scan. After going through such a traumatic experience during her pregnancy, it was an off the cuff comment on the Neonatal Unit which promoted Millie to launch an initiative which recognises a surviving baby from a multiple pregnancy. And thus, the purple butterflies were born. These are now supplied to Neonatal Units across the UK, including ours, and, the foundation aims to improve bereavement care at Kingston Hospital in various ways – https://m.facebook.com/pg/TheSkyeHighFoundation/

Zoe’s Place
The staff at Zoë’s Place provide care and support 24hrs a day for both the child and family. They offer respite care through the most difficult of times to ensure the needs of the child and their families are met.The staff of Zoë’s Place consist of a mixture of registered and support staff and are experienced in caring for children with life-limiting and/or life-threatening conditions. Additionally they work closely with other healthcare professionals to ensure the care they provide will allow a child to reach his or her full potential. The needs of the child and their family are central to any care plan that is developed – http://www.zoes-place.org.uk/middlesbrough

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