A ladies’ midnight beach bootcamp is being held in the North East to raise money for a charity that helps poorly children.
Scores of women of all ages will head to Longsands beach in Tynemouth at midnight on Friday to support the Bubble Foundation.
Fundraising manager Gill Johnston said: “We are really looking forward to the event.
“It is the first midnight beach bootcamp that has ever been held in the region and it will be great fun.
“We wanted to do something that was different and something that would engage people.
“The bootcamp will be an alternative girls’ night out. It will not be too serious a workout.
“In the current economic climate it is becoming increasingly difficult but we hope to raise around £1,000.”
Fitness guru David Fairlamb will be leading the 45-minute exercise session, and it is hoped more than 100 people will take part.
TV agony aunt Denise Robertson, who is patron of the Bubble Foundation, will launch the event on the night.
The charity supports the Bubble Unit, which is based at Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital.
David has witnessed first-hand the outstanding work of the unit as his friend Catherine Rawes’ son benefited from the service a decade ago.
He said: “This is a completely unique event, a floodlit Tynemouth Longsands should look fantastic so I’m really looking forward to it.
“The bootcamp will be more like a fun camp, myself and my colleagues will be keeping everyone moving, it will not be tough.
“Any size, shape and fitness level can take part.
“A friend’s child was a bubble baby 10 years ago and he has made an amazing recovery, so when I was asked to do this I didn’t hesitate.
“I have been to the unit and saw first hand the incredible technology and expertise needed to give these very sick children a bone marrow transplant. When we are fit and well we don’t realise how lucky we are.
“I hope the bootcamp not only raises a lot of money but raises awareness for the foundation.”
Money raised for the Bubble Foundation goes towards medical equipment, toys and educational aids as well as to fund vital research.
Psychiatric nurse Ms Rawes is taking part in the bootcamp as her son, Joe Fitzpatrick, 10, was a bubble baby and had to stay in the unit for the first six-months of his life.
The 39-year-old of Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, said: “It is really important that as much money as possible is raised for the foundation.
“The Bubble Unit is incredible and does a fantastic job. Money raised helps develop research and save lives.”
People can register for the event on the night and it is a minimum donation of £10.
Crusoe’s cafe bar and restaurant in Tynemouth will be open for those taking part and all proceeds made on the night will go to the foundation.
Meanwhile, there are a number of fundraisng events taking place this month in aid of the worthwhile charity.
Tomorrow police officers will compete in a five-aside football tournament at Newcastle’s Eldon Square Leisure to raise money for the foundation.
Newcastle Central Neighbourhood Sgt Michelle Jahangiri was so impressed with the Bubble Unit that she was inspired to set up the event to raise much needed funds.
She said: “Organising this event has been a great example of people coming together from different parts of the local community to do something positive while enjoying taking part in sport.”
On Sunday afternoon the popular band The Spitfires – also called the Eastside Torpedoes – will perform at The Cluny in the Ouseburn, Newcastle. Tickets £6.50 on the door and doors open at noon.
For more information about the Bubble Foundation, visit www.bubblefoundation.org.uk