Thank you for the donations!

Thank You’s

We would like to thank the Kavli Trust for their generous donation of £10,000 to buy ipads, Nintendo wii’s computers and TV’s for the unit.

This will mean each “Bubble” will be completely equipped.

Trust Donations

The continued support from Greggs Trust this year of £2000 means we can continue to provide our Hospital Play Specialist with funds to prepare each ”Bubble” before a child is admitted with toys and educational equipment that is specific to their needs and development.

Also a huge thanks to the Dickon Trust for £2000.


And a massive THANK YOU to every one who has donated, there are too many to mention individually… but all greatly appreciated.

The Children’s Immunology Trust

The Children’s Immunology Trust, based in Kelso, is a fabulous long standing supporter of The Bubble Foundation. Funds were raised at The Showgirls Ball, Springwood Park, the night included live auctions and fantastic entertainment by the dancing girls. To date they have donated a hefty and very generous sum of £45,000 towards our CGD research programme, research that is already showing very positive results.  We can’t thank them enough for their continuing support!



Smokin’ Spitfires – Charity Gig

Not to be missed!! – Horn fuelled RnB – Soul – 12pm, The first Sunday of every month, The Cluny, Ouseburn  Newcastle upon Tyne 

Continuing thanks to popular demand, the Smokin’ Spitfires are playing a gig every month at The Cluny in aid of the Bubble Foundation.

It’s very rare these days that you come across a group of great musicians who simply want to play exciting original music and not become ‘famous for 15 minutes’ at whatever the cost.The Smokin’ Spitfires are one of these rarities although to a certain degree most of the guys in the band have been stars in one way or another but generally in the background making other people sound good!. Individually and collectively they have worked with Ray Charles, Jimmy James, David Coverdale, John Miles, plus a host of other famous names making a long list of artists who respect the members of the Spitfires as exceptional musicians with huge talent.

Most if not all the guys have been regularly called upon for T.V. Radio and recording sessions over the years which confirms the high calibre of musicianship within the band.

As the Smokin’ Spitfires (formerly the Eastside Torpedoes) the band has played consistently for a number of years all over the UK at festivals and major venues, they’ve had a TV special recorded on the band and are regularly hailed as the most popular band to come out of the North East since the Animals. Playing mainly songs composed by the lead singer – some of which have been record of the week on various radio stations and performed by other artists – they are one of the very few groups to perform their own music regularly.

Tickets are £6.50 each, available on the door.

The School Bubble Challenge

A Primary and Secondary School Enterprise Challenge over this academic year that will raise money for a Newcastle based children’s charity. The Bubble Foundation, based in the RVI, has set the ‘Bubble Challenge’ which is open to both Primary and Secondary schools.  There will be separate awards for each.

The challenge is simple; we will provide each participating school with a £10 start up fund and led by a core group of pupils, each school will develop and run various fund raising enterprise ideas in order to raise as much money as possible.  The whole school can be involved and you should keep a scrap book on all your activities.

The £10 stake is returned and of the total remaining profit, 50% will be donated to The Bubble Foundation with pupils/teachers deciding how they would like to spend the remaining 50%.  This could be on another elected charity, The Bubble Foundation; a whole school treat or school equipment.  It is entirely up to you.

There will be a 1st prize award for both Primary and Secondary schools raising the most money and all participating schools will get a certificate from The Bubble Foundation.


Official Launch

The official launch of the challenge was a balloon release from the Great North Children’s Hospital on 1st February where representatives from each participating school attended.


Primary Schools

Canning Street


Dame Allan



Secondary Schools

All Saints

St Mary’s




St Cuthberts


The Children then had 4 months to raise as much money as they could with the results being announced at the School Business Awards on the 4th July 2013 at the Centre for Life.




The total amount raised was £13,197.40

The winning schools raising the most were

Primary – Dame Allan Junior School

Secondary – St Cuthberts Catholic High School

We need help…

As we all know things are very difficult financially these days, and like every other charity, income has dropped significantly.


The reality of this, is that if things do not improve then the support we have given to the unit for the past 21 years may have to be reviewed. At present, we fund all of the medical research, toys, games, educational equipment, ipads, pain distraction systems and even Sky TV. If income doesn’t improve then we will not be able continue to provide this for our patients.


Those who have been through transplant know the importance of all these things to the well being of the children. So, we need your help.


Can you organise an event? How ever big or small, it will help dramatically. Do you know a company who would sponsor us and pay for SKY TV for a year? (The cost is £5000 ) Does your company sponsor a charity for a year?

Have a look over on our fundraising ideas page


Please let us know if you can help, contact Gill directly at  or 0191 2823460 or 07798532290


Looking forward to hearing from you



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