A musical treat was held for people in the North East to help raise vital funds for a world-renowned hospital unit.
More than 100 people packed The Cluny, in Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, on Sunday, to watch the popular band the Smokin’ Spitfires perform.
It is the first event held for the Bubble Foundation since The Journal launched its campaign to generate essential funds for the important charity.
Our campaign has been launched to ensure that the great work of the Foundation continues as we urge people to do their bit to help.
Gill Johnston, fundraising manager for the Bubble Foundation said: “The Smokin’ Spitfires were great and they have supported the Bubble Foundation in a number of ways over the last 20 years. About 100 people attended the event on Sunday and they all had a great time.”
More than £300 was raised for the Foundation and the band have agreed to perform once a month at The Cluny in aid of the charity.
Neil Hunter, lead singer of the band, said: “We have supported the Bubble Foundation for a long time and it’s something that we feel really passionate about.
“It is so important that people do all they can to help back the charity.”
The Bubble Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital, based at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, is one of only two services in the country that treats children with little or no immune system.
As the unit is the only one of its kind outside of London’s Great Ormond Street, if the charity was to cease the impact would be significant. It would mean that the pioneering research the Foundation funds into immune system problems could stop and the region could lose leading experts in this field.