Thousands of pounds has been raised for a charity that helps seriously ill children in the North East.
Scores of people took part in a workout session at Longsands Beach in Tynemouth on Friday night to help generate up to £2,000 for the Bubble Foundation.
It is the second year that the event has been staged and 70 people turned up to support the important charity.
Gill Johnston, fundraising manager for the Bubble Foundation, said: “It was a fantastic night and everyone had a great time. The weather was much calmer this year and it was warm, it was really nice.
“Halfway through last week my heart sank when I realised that England was playing in their World Cup match on Friday night as I thought that people might not turn up. However, it didn’t make a difference and no-one mentioned football once. The midnight beach bootcamp will be an annual event.”
Fitness guru David Fairlamb led the 45-minute exercise session with a number of his trainers from DF Fitness. He has been a keen supporter of the charity as his friend Catherine Rawes’ son’s life was saved by the service more than a decade ago.
David said: “It was a really good night and the atmosphere was brilliant, everyone loved it and the session was fantastic. There was a great turnout to the event and I don’t think people mind being up at that time exercising when it is for such a good cause.”
Crusoe’s cafe bar and restaurant in Tynemouth opened up in the evening so that people could get refreshments.
In October, The Journal launched a campaign to raise desperately-needed funds for the Bubble Foundation.
The Bubble Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital, based at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, is one of only two nationally designated services that treats children with little or no immune system.
More than 20 years ago, the Foundation was set up in support of the service. Money raised by the charity goes towards medical equipment, toys and educational aids as well as to fund vital research.
Gill added: “The support that The Journal is giving to the Bubble Foundation has given us time to secure funding for the charity and it has helped us to raise awareness of the Bubble Foundation and the important work that we do.”
To support the Bubble Unit, 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. Visit www.bubblefoundation.org.uk and link in to their justgiving page.