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The Journal Fit Factor contestants visit the RVI Bubble Unit, pictured with Gill Johnston Bubble Unit fundraiser

Fit Factor team pledge their support for Bubble Foundation

Our Fit Factor finalists will do the Bupa Great North Run to raise vital funds for the Bubble Foundation

Brian McFadden with Isaac Connelly during his time in the unit

Celebrity golf day set to raise vital funds for Bubble Foundation

Celebrities will be swinging into action to help Bubble Foundation with fundraising charity golf day

Taxi Driver Kevin Carr has decorated his taxi with the Bubble Foundation Logo

Newcastle taxi driver helps raise funds for the Bubble Foundation

Taxi driver Kevin Carr has had his cab decorated in the Bubble Foundation logo to help raise funds for the North East charity

Finlay Kennedy with parents Fraser and Leanne

Houghton-le-Spring youngster battles undiagnosed immune deficiency

Youngster Finlay Kennedy has a rare immune system problem that is so rare it is not fully understood by health experts

Steve Harmison appointed a deputy lieutenant of Northumberland

Ashington cricketer Steve Harmison has been given a royal accolade making him the Queen’s official representative for the county

Melody Davies with her bone marrow donor Ian Burns

County Durham bone marrow donor gives gift of life to brave Melody Davies

County Durham bone marrow donor becomes close friends with the family whose life he changed forever

Santa in his grotto at The Venue, in Cramlington’s Manor Walks shopping centre

Santa's grotto raises money for the Bubble Foundation

Santa's grotto at a Northumberland shopping centre has raised hundreds of pounds for the Bubble Foundation

Panache Fashion Show at The Diamond Inn, Ponteland in aid of The Bubble Foundation

Newcastle fashion show raises funds for Bubble Foundation

Hundreds of pounds is raised by a charity fashion show organised by owners of a North East clothes shop

Professor Andrew Cant, director of the Bubble Unit at the Great North Children's Hospital

Newcastle Bubble Unit loses out on charity donations

A leading consultant at Newcastle's Bubble Unit says top centres for research into childhood illnesses are overlooked as donations go to southern hospital

P&G staff support the Bubble Foundation, Andy Sherwood, Ruth Humpherson and Judith Cordner

Industrial giant Procter and Gamble backs the Bubble Foundation charity

Bubble Foundation adopted as Procter and Gamble staff charity for next two years guaranteeing source of income set to bring in tens of thousands of pounds

Staff at Waitrose have been helping to raise funds for the Bubble Foundation

Leading supermarket raises hundreds for Bubble Foundation

The Newcastle branch of supermarket Waitrose has raised hundreds of pounds for the Bubble Foundation thanks to its Community Matters programme

Patient Robbie Young with his parents, in the Bubble Unit at the RVI

Funds flood in to help the Bubble Foundation

People across the region have raised thousands of pounds for the Bubble Foundation since the start of a Journal campaign

Zara Shaen Albright, 21 who was a patient in the Bubble Unit when she was a baby

Bubble Baby survivor Zara backs The Journal's campaign to support Foundation

Zara was diagnosed with the rare genetic condition and spent more time in Newcastle’s Bubble Unit than any child treated there

Bubble Unit director Professor Andrew Cant

Medical expert warns North loses out to the South in research funding

Prof Andrew Cant, director of the Bubble Unit at Newcastle's Great North children's Hospital, has raised concerns that the region is often overlooked when it comes to grants for important medical research programmes

Brian McFadden with Isaac Connelly during his time in the unit

Celebrities back The Journal's Bubble Foundation campaign

The Journal's Bubble Foundation campaign is being supported by a host of celebrities

Austin Sweeney, 4, who needs a bone marrow transplant

Bubble Unit offers hope for young Whitley Bay leukaemia sufferer Austin

The parents of a child needing a bone marrow transplant are backing The Journal's Bubble Foundation campaign

Chef of the Year judge Darren Lawton at the Chef of the Year at Newcastle Civic Centre

Culinary experts back The Journal’s Bubble Foundation campaign

The North Eastern Culinary Trade Association Sugarcraft is launching its Bloom for the Bubble in support of the Bubble Foundation

Sam Gonsalez had a life saving operation at the Bubble Unit at the RVI

Whitley Bay family gets behind The Journal's Bubble Foundation campaign

Little Sam Gonsalez from Whitley Bay was saved by a world-renowned team in the North East at the Bubble Unit

Little Reece Ainsley had heart surgery not long after being born and spent 3 months in the Bubble baby unit

Family backs our campaign to boost Bubble Foundation donations

The mother of the late Reece Ainsley has called for people to help keep the Bubble Foundation afloat

Joe Fitzpatrick with mum Catherine

Monkseaton family back The Journal Bubble Foundation campaign

A youngster who spent the first six months of his life in Newcastle's Bubble unit has backed a bid to safeguard the charity that supports it


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