Brian McFadden announced as new President

News Release: 7 November 2016

Brian McFadden, TV presenter and Boyzlife star has been announced as the new President of The Bubble Foundation UK (based at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne) following in the footsteps of  ITVs much loved agony aunt Denise Robertson who sadly died earlier this year.

Brian has been a Patron since first visiting the Bubble Unit in 2004 and since then has raised thousands of pounds for the Foundation.

Brian said today: “I was absolutely honoured to be asked if I would become President of The Bubble Foundation. I have had a close relationship with Gill and the team at The Bubble Foundation for a number of years now and I see the incredible work they do in caring for current patients and tirelessly striving to raise funds for invaluable research into finding effective treatments and a cure.”

In his new role as President Brian was keen to meet fellow Bubble patron Alexander Millar and give his seal of approval on the work of art that will be auctioned off with proceeds being divided between The Bubble Foundation UK, and The Globe Gallery where his show – A Slice of Life – sponsored by intu Eldon Square, runs until mid December.

Alexander Millar, whose nostalgic, humorous depictions of the flat-capped, dark-suited working man of Tyneside have catapulted him to fame and fortune, has produced this new original work, ‘Lollipops and 99s’ which reflects on the theme of family togetherness in the North-East, the image of which has taken up permanent residence on the dividing screen at one of the entrances to the new intu Eldon Square dining area.  The original oil painting of the image is being auctioned to the general public later this month with the proceeds being divided between the two charities.

The work is an original oil painting (400cm x 200cm) and is currently available to view at The Globe Gallery.


Says Alex:

“My dear friend Denise Robertson invited me to be a patron of The Bubble Foundation – an essential charity that requires all the support it can get. I’m delighted that Brian has agreed to become President of the charity – it was great to meet him.  The Globe Gallery is a highly respected organisation that is currently involved in the innovative Blossom Tree initiative, supporting those going through anxiety, bereavement and mental health issues. Something I’ve suffered from myself in the past. I’m hoping that the painting will raise as much money as possible for both organisations.

Wilf Gaffney, Chair of The Bubble Foundation added:

“With the auction of this painting we will be launching a new appeal to fund parent accommodation.  The children with these life-threatening conditions face a minimum of 3 months in hospital, and for a significant part of that time their lives are at risk. We treat children from all over the UK and Ireland and having their parents nearby is not a luxury – it’s a necessity. It’s a vital part of the healing process. We are proud to have had the long term support of both Alex and Brian.”


Image: L-r Brian McFadden, Alexander Millar with Lollipops and 99s


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Denise Robertson we will all miss you.


Friday 1st April 2016

We all heard this mornings news with deep sadness.  We can but echo the comments of Philip Schofield, Denise worked tirelessly from the first days of what was the Bubble Appeal to what is now the Bubble Foundation.  It would not be what it is today without her.

Denise has been our President for the past 23 years. From her first visit to the unit when only 4 out of 10 children survived as she said herself she was “hooked”. During her time as President that survival rate has risen to nine in ten.

Denise was so proud of the great medical achievements made over the years by Professor Andrew Cant and his team. This facility based in her homeland of the North East is now a world renowned unit. Denise always believed in the importance of research and it is the various research projects with funding from the foundation that have helped bring about this success.

You cannot however talk about Denise without talking about her outstanding humanity.

Denise met many of the children’s parents and followed the progress of many of the children while in the unit and after they left, to lead full, healthy lives.

She had no hesitation in attaching her name to the Bubble and bringing along the colleagues at ITV’s This Morning who shared our love for Denise. Many are now also patrons of the charity.

She had that rare ability to convince people from all walks of life to support us. Again a testimony to her outstanding humanity.

On behalf of The Board and Patrons of The Bubble Foundation, I would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to Brian her husband and Mark her son and the rest of her very close family.

The Bubble Foundation, The Bubble Unit and the many children who have been cured in the unit will always be grateful to Denise Robertson. Many owe their lives to her.

Denise we will all miss you.

John Deighan

Chairman, Bubble Foundation UK

The Bubble Barber Shop is open for business!


*New for this month*, we’re giving our ‘Bubbles for the Bubble’ appeal a festive twist with a fun fundraising idea that everyone can get involved in.

Throughout December, we’re running our very own ‘Bubble Barber Shop’ and challenging people to come up with the biggest and best bubble beard, quirky hair-do or other bubble creation.

It’s really easy and lots of fun so get all your friends and colleagues involved and raise lots of money for a fantastic cause.

How to get involved
It’s really simple to join in. All you need to do is get your bubbles, get creative with some suds, then upload your bubble selfie using #BubblesfortheBubble to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat, to help raise awareness of our bubble babies.

To give a little gift to the charity this festive season, you can donate in a variety of different ways:

By text:
Text BUBB01 followed by the amount you’d like to donate (up to £10) to 70070.* For example, to donate £3, text BUBB01 £3 to 70070. *UK residents only, standard network rates apply.

Simply visit to donate an amount of your choice. Open to UK and international residents.

By post:
If you’d prefer to donate by post, you can send a cheque with a one-off payment. Please make all cheques payable to ‘The Bubble Foundation UK’ and send to the following address:

Bubble Foundation UK,
Ward 3, Level 4,
The Great North Children’s Hospital
Queen Victoria Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne

Why get involved?
The Bubble Foundation changes lives.

For babies and children with severe immune disorders, the Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital is often their only chance to go on and live a normal, healthy life.

The Bubble Foundation raises vital funds for the Unit, financing medical equipment, toys and educational aids, supporting the welfare of the babies, children and their families, through things like accommodation, and importantly funding the research required at this cutting edge of paediatric practice. The Bubble needs to raise around £500,000 to fund vital new strands of research into genetic causes of Primary Immunodeficiency (PIDs), better treatments, as well as research into the outcomes of treatment to ultimately improve the lives of people with immune disorders.

Without research, many of the babies we treat wouldn’t live past their first birthday. Thanks to our supporters and ground-breaking research driven by our partners at Newcastle University, we’ve come a long way in 20 years – from six in 10 babies dying to nine in 10 living – but the reality is that there’s still a very long way to go. A bone marrow transplant is still a risky procedure and complications can – and do – arise. It’s a tragic fact that babies and young children still die on the ward because these conditions are so serious.

You can make a difference. To continue our life-saving work and reach our goal of every child surviving, we need to keep raising vital funds for research. Help our bubble babies and children and give a gift to The Bubble this festive season.

If you want any more inspiration, here are some bubbly beards and hair-dos we created earlier! By donating £5 for each creation and collecting loose change, this lovely lot raised more than £150 for The Bubble Foundation – and had a lot of fun along the way!

Bubble pics

Our new fundraising campaign is now live!

Today marks the launch of our new fundraising campaign #BubblesfortheBubble, and we’re inviting you to get involved!

All you need to do is pop your creative hat on and show us your bubbly side! This can be anything from blowing a bubble with chewing gum, popping bubble wrap or even doing the washing up!

Whether it’s a picture or a video, post this to your social media accounts with the hashtag #BubblesfortheBubble and nominate a friend to take part! We then ask you to donate £3 to the campaign via text (UK only) or our JustGiving page, and you’re all done.

TO DONATE VIA TEXT (UK ONLY): Text BUBB01£3 (or a denomination of your choice up to £10) to 70070.

TO DONATE ONLINE (INTERNATIONAL): Visit our JustGiving page at

Make sure you like The Bubble Foundation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest campaign news. We’ll also be re-posting our favourite bubble pictures and videos each week!

For more info about our latest campaign, click here.

Golf Rocks 2015

Golf Rocks has returned for another year, thanks to the ongoing fantastic support of Mr Brian McFadden.

Packages can be booked from £1950 (exc VAT) which includes full team entry for 4 players and passes to the Golf Rocks Party (with a performance from the man himself of course, plus others)

This year’s venue is The Grove Golf & Spa in Hertfordshire, so come along and compete against Brian and his friends to win the Golf Rocks Cup.

For full details visit the site flyer