A taxi driver is spreading the word about the region’s Bubble Foundation.
Kevin Carr was so touched when he heard about the lifesaving work of the charity that he pledged to do his bit to help raise vital funds.
The father-of-two is now the talk of the town after having his Newcastle Hackney Carriage covered in a Bubble Foundation advert.
Kevin, of Benton, North Tyneside, said: “A passenger who worked at the Bubble Unit was telling me all about how they help children with immune problems.
“When I dropped her off it really affected me.
“I couldn’t imagine not being able to give children a cuddle because it could kill them as they’ve no immune system.
“I had not heard of the Bubble Foundation before and, after I read up about it, I thought it was a really lovely charity that I was keen to support.”
It took Kevin a while to find someone to sponsor his advert and, after calling local businesses, kind bosses at Bank Top Garage, in Prestwick Village, Ponteland, agreed to fund the £750 needed to cover the taxi in the Bubble Foundation logo.
Father-of-three Alan Armstrong, 38, owner of Bank Top Garage, said: “Kevin is a customer and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help raise awareness of the Bubble Foundation.
“The charity is a great cause and we’re proud to do our bit to support it.”
Kevin has promised to help the Bubble Foundation for three years. He has a donation box and leaflets about the charity in his taxi.
Another driver is hoping to get his taxi decorated the same as Kevin’s so he too can raise money for the worthwhile cause.
Kevin said: “The taxi looks absolutely brilliant and I’m over the moon. I see a lot of people looking at the taxi when I’m stuck in traffic and as I travel around the region.”
In October, The Journal launched a campaign to raise desperately-needed funds for the Bubble Foundation.
More than 20 years ago, the charity was set up in support of Newcastle’s Bubble Unit, but sadly there has been a sharp reduction in donations.
As a result, the Foundation is at serious risk of closure and if this were to happen the impact would be significant.
The charity raises funds for medical equipment, toys, educational aids and, importantly, pays for research.
Gill Johnson, fundraising manager for the Bubble Foundation, said: “The taxi will help us raise awareness in a unique way.
“Already people who normally would not have heard of the Foundation are asking Kevin for more information.
“As well as this, many are offering to make donations which is very generous and we are very grateful to Kevin for coming up with such a great idea.”
Foundation needs everyone's support
We're 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.