TinyLife: Premature baby charity sets up in Derry

Lynn Patterson, Family Support Officer for Tiny Life North West pictured with Brian McCluskey who is Community Fundraiser for the organisation.
Lynn Patterson, Family Support Officer for Tiny Life North West pictured with Brian McCluskey who is Community Fundraiser for the organisation.

A charity organisation set up to aid premature babies and their families has set up an office in Derry.

TinyLife has moved into premises at Spring Growth House, Ballinska Road in Springtown Industrial Estate.

Lynn Patterson, Family support Officer for the organisation has been helping the parents of premature and sick babies in the North West for the past two years.

“Some of the babies have had a very difficult start in life. Some have been born as early as 24 weeks and have weighed just 1lb. Many have spent time in the neo-natal intensive care unit in Belfast and then transferred back to Altnagelvin. Parents find themselves in a very stressful situation and need additional support. TnyLife’s family support service provides practical and emotional support for these parents including a hospital to home volunteer programme, breast pump loan service, family activity groups, baby massage and baby sensory,” said Lynn.

Demand for the services has grown considerably and TinyLife are seeking to recruit family support volunteers. The organisation wants to hear from anyone interested in getting involved. If yiy are aged 22 or over and can offer some of your free time, TinyLife wants to hear from you.

Community Fundraider, Brian McCluskey said, “It is essential that we raise funds to ensure TinyLife continues to extend and maintain its services.”

An information session is being held at Derry’s Central Library on September 17 from 10.30am-12 noon. For more information call Family Support on 07889534 or Fundraising on 07802655621.