Two children’s charities in Newcastle have received a generous donation of over £3,000 from The Co-operative Childcare, through the fundraising efforts of children and colleagues over the summer.

The chain’s Newburn, Newbiggin and Newcastle nurseries came together to raise money for two chosen charities, Tiny Lives and Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), with a series of events and toddle waddle, where children were sponsored to walk a mile.

The Tiny Lives Trust is a charity that helps care for premature and sick newborns in the Special Care Baby Unit of the Newcastle Neonatal Service in Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. While CHUFs offers lifelong support to infants and children who suffer from heart conditions at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, and supports other hospitals across the North.

The funds donated to The Tiny Lives Trust will be used to continue the support for children and their families, and CHUFs will use the money to fund entertainment to bring a dose of fun onto children’s wards each week.

CHUFs will also use their donations to pay for a service called ‘make me sparkle’ providing nail painting, face painting and massages for parents to have a few moments to themselves.

Claire Robinson, area manager for The Co-operative Childcare in Newcastle, said: “The community is at the heart of everything we do as a co-operative, and so being able to fundraise for two local children charities is just one way of us giving back. Tiny Lives and CHUFs both play a vital role in providing a service to children and their families and are causes very close to our hearts, so we wanted to help them continue their great work.”

Louise Carroll, fundraiser for The Tiny Lives Trust, said: “Our thanks to everyone at The Co-operative Childcare Nurseries who rose to some great fundraising challenges for Tiny Lives!  Their wonderful fundraising will help Tiny Lives to continue supporting parents travel to the Special Care Baby Unit so they can see their babies and not worry about the cost.”

Charlotte Campbell, Senior Fundraising Manager for Children’s Heart Unit Fund said: “A massive thank you to everyone at Newburn Nursery for all of your hard work fundraising for CHUF.  We are absolutely thrilled with the amount raised and very much appreciate all of the hard work and efforts of everyone involved. The money raised will go a long way to helping us continue to support children with heart problems.”

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