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

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

This year’s Fit Factor finalists have pledged to do the Bupa Great North Run in aid of the Bubble Foundation.

As part of their quest to get fit and active the team will do the region’s half marathon later this year.

All have agreed to raise funds for the Bubble Foundation and were given a guided tour around the Bubble Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital, based at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Carol Sijakovic, 51, of North Shields, did not know too much about the charity before she saw first-hand the outstanding work that they do.

She said: “It’s really important that people support the Bubble Foundation. I am determined to raise as much money as possible for them.

“The Bubble Unit looks after children from all over the North East and further afield, so it’s essential that we give it our support.”

The Bubble Unit specialises in treating youngsters with little or no immune system and carries out pioneering research.

More than 20 years ago, the Foundation was set up to raise funds for medical equipment, toys and educational aids, welfare of the babies, children and their families, and importantly funds research required at this cutting edge of paediatric practice.

Fit Factor finalist Ashley Cuniff, 30, from South Shields, took the step of registering on the Anthony Nolan bone marrow transplant list after seeing the work of the Bubble Unit.

Last year, The Journal launched a campaign to generate desperately-needed funds for the Bubble Foundation and people throughout the region are doing their bit to show support. Fit Factor trainer David Fairlamb is hosting a Midnight Beach Bootcamp on Tynemouth Longsands on Friday, June 13, to raise money for the Foundation.

He said: “It was an emotional evening visiting the Bubble Foundation, seeing the children and learning about the world-leading work that the Foundation does has given the Fit Factor finalists extra incentive to push even harder with their fitness and weight loss journey.

“All finalists will be running the Great North Run and raising funds for the Bubble Foundation. The hard work and hours of training is nothing compared to what these children and their families go through.

“At least the finalists know they can do something about their weight and health, the children in the Bubble are relying on others to save their lives and this is very humbling and gave the finalists a reality check as to why they let themselves get to this point with their own health.

“Last year I ran a Midnight Beach Bootcamp for the Foundation on Tynemouth Longsands, there was a large turnout and we raised a huge amount of money. This year we want to make it even bigger.”


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