YOUNGSTERS have been thanked for supporting seriously-ill babies in their fight for life.
North East agony aunt Denise Robertson paid a visit to George Stephenson High School, in Killingworth, North Tyneside, after pupils raised thousands of pounds to support the work of the Bubble Foundation.
The charity, of which Denise is president, supports the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Newcastle General Hospital. Established in 1987. The unit treats babies born without immune systems and is one of only two facilities in the UK and Ireland that can provide the specialist medical and nursing care needed.
As well as raising money for research, the Bubble Foundation buys equipment and offers support to families affected by Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or SCID.
Now the unit has benefited from the kindness of George Stephenson pupils, who selected the foundation as their annual charity in September last year. Since then, the project, spearheaded by geography teacher Darrin Potts, has seen students take part in a host of fundraising activities, including supermarket bag-packing and a game show night.
Denise said: “We get a lot of help from schools and we’re grateful for everything, but the intense effort that these students put in has taken me by surprise. It’s absolutely amazing. The money that is raised is really making a difference for children. So a huge thank you to everybody who has helped.”
Student Dan Clark, from Killingworth, was so impressed with the work of the Bubble Foundation that he has decided to continue to help the charity.
The 18-year-old said: “I’m going to Sunderland University to study advertising and design but am going to help the Bubble Foundation with its website on a part-time basis while I’m there.”
During her visit, Denise also met youngster David Dawson, who took part in a sponsored swim to help with the appeal.
The 12-year-old, from Forest Hall, North Tyneside, said: “I managed to raise £102 in sponsorship to go towards the charity. It was good to be able to help poorly children.” Headteacher Ian Wilkinson said: “We’re very proud of the students’ fantastic achievement. It’s a real credit to them that they are doing something so powerful for children less fortunate than themselves.”