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

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

A leading supermarket has raised hundreds of pounds in support of the Bubble Foundation.

Each month, three organisations are put forward by Waitrose stores to benefit from its Community Matters programme. Shoppers are given a green token at the check-out which they give to the charity they want to receive funds. And at Waitrose’s Newcastle branch in Eldon Square a huge £489 was raised for the Bubble Foundation.

Fiona Heald, branch manager at the Waitrose store said: “The work that the Bubble Foundation do is incredibly important and is a cause close to the hearts of many customers and Waitrose employees.

“We’re delighted to have been able to support them as part of our Community Matters scheme and hope the donation helps with their work.”

Last month, The Journal launched a campaign to safeguard the Bubble Foundation that supports the life-saving Bubble unit at Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital.

The charity provides funds for medical equipment, toys and educational aids on the unit, as well as looking out for the welfare of the babies, children and their families. More importantly, the foundation helps to fund pioneering research.

If the charity was to cease then it would mean research into immune system problems may stop and the region could potentially lose leading experts in this field.

Newcastle Central Neighbourhood Sgt Michelle Jahangir nominated the Bubble Foundation for the Waitrose Community Matters programme. She was very impressed with the work of the charity and is keen that much-needed funds are raised to ensure its future. Recently the Bubble unit was named as one of the three best of its kind in Europe, caring for children from all over the country and much further afield, including young patients from Kuwait, Finland and Dubai.

Gill Johnston, fundraising manager for the Bubble Foundation, said: “Many thanks to Waitrose for selecting us as one of their nominated charities and to everyone who took the time to give their tokens in support of the Foundation.

“The Bubble Foundation is celebrating 21 years of supporting the Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital during which time we have cared for over 300 children.

“In the early days six out of 10 babies died but today it is only one out of 10 and that has been possible due to the generosity of the people of the North East who have supported the Foundation and enabled us to fund research into better, less painful treatments for these precious children.

“We look forward to a time when every child that arrives on the unit goes home to lead a normal life.”

The Journal is urging as many people as possible to support the Bubble Foundation. Whether it be a sponsored bike ride or fundraising night, we’re calling on our readers to dig deep and help raise vital funds for the charity.

To donate, make a cheque payable to Bubble Foundation UK and send it to: Ward 3, Great North Children’s Hospital, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle, NE1 4LP. For more information about the charity visit www.bubblefoundation.org.uk and link in to their justgiving page, email BubbleFoundation@nuth.nhs.uk, go to facebook.com/BubbleFoundationUK or Twitter @TheBubbleUK

If you are doing a fundraising event for the Bubble Foundation, or have used the unit, email helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk

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