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

Lanchester Beer Festival

Lanchester Beer Festival

Tickets £7

Lanchester Cricket Club, Durham

Come along for a great day out with live entertainment from the Smokin’ Spitfires

Tickets available in advance through The Bubble Foundation, email




Seth is a 5 year old patient, with a severe combined immune deficiency, on the bone marrow transplant unit here in Newcastle upon Tyne.  His request for support has gone global and you can follow his story on Facebook, Twitter and through his parents blog.

Thank you for your all your kind words and support!

Our little hero





Catch up on the story

If you’ve been anywhere near a computer, smartphone or tablet over the past week or so, the

chances are you’ve already heard about the #wearyellowforseth campaign.

With coverage on news outlets as diverse and far-reaching as ABC, CBS, the Daily Mail and

BuzzFeed, But for those of you not in the know, or for those who simply want to learn more about

this inspirational trend and the story behind it, we’ve compiled the story of this extraordinarily brave

little boy, and the charity he has brought so much attention to.


Who is Seth?

Seth Lane, from Northamptonshire, is a 5 year old patient in the Great North Children’s Hospital in

Newcastle. Born with a very rare genetic disorder, known as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency

(known as SCID, or ‘bubble baby disease’ for short), Seth has no immune system, which means that

he has spent most of his young life living inside a specially sterilised room so as to avoid any

potential infection because he doesn’t have enough white blood cells to fight them off. This makes so

many simple things, like giving him a cuddle or playing a game with him very difficult indeed.

In fact, before anyone can even enter his room, even Mum and Dad, they have to scrub their hands

and wear special plastic gowns to stop the spread of germs. So if his parents, or any of the nurses

who take care of Seth everyday have a cold, they can’t enter.


How did #wearyellowforseth come about?

The idea for the #wearyellowforseth video came about around the time it was revealed that Seth

would need a second bone marrow transplant to stand a chance of survival.

As Seth’s Mum Leanne writes, ‘4 and a half years ago, as Seth was approaching his first bone

marrow transplant, an old friend of mine was also battling leukaemia. She was a big supporter of

Seth and spoke to me about the significance of the colour yellow in relation to immunity. Apparently

it signifies a strong immune system. So we had the idea to ask people to wear yellow to show

support on his transplant day. We were astounded to see so many friends, family members and

colleagues post pictures of them wearing yellow! It was amazing for us as his parents to see

people were thinking of our baby!’.


So when Leanne and Seth’s Dad Nik were told that the first transplant hadn’t worked, they decided

to try this again and get as many of their family and friends as possible to wear yellow both in

support of Seth and because, funnily enough, his favourite colour had become yellow!

Nik filmed Seth holding up cards from his bed in hospital explaining what he had been through and

asking people to join in to show their support, and from there it spread much wider than either

Leanne or Nik could have possibly imagined.


How many people have shown their support for Seth?

The short answer is: loads!

The response to Seth’s video has been, to put it mildly, incredible!

With over 20 million views worldwide, and a number of news outlets around the world showing

Seth’s video, #wearyellowforseth has become a worldwide phenomenon, and has helped to shed

some light on the struggle faced by families affected by SCID.


The Bubble Foundation

But although it’s incredibly encouraging to see such a strong show of support from around the

globe for an incredibly brave little boy, it’s important to remember that, whilst extremely rare, SCID

is a condition which affects many other young children, many of whom will die before their first

birthday without proper treatment.

In fact, through the efforts of The Bubble Foundation, who provide care for children born with

immune deficiencies as well as conducting research into SCID and new ways to treat it, the

survival rates of those diagnosed with SCID have risen from 50% to 80% in 2012.

But if all of this good work is to continue, it is vital that the foundation continues to receive funding

to be able to both provide the care and the technology which is so desperately needed for those

born with SCID.


So what can you do to help?

Fortunately there are a number of things you can do to help support Seth and the charity that helps

to care for him.

You can show Seth that he’s in your thoughts by wearing yellow this Friday 27th March and posting

your pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (or all three!) using the hashtag


And if you want to donate to The Bubble Foundation to help the staff at the Great North Children’s

Hospital take care of Seth and others like him, as well as fund research into SCID, you can either

visit their JustGiving page, or text your donations by sending SETH 05 followed by the amount you

would like to donate to 70070.


You can follow Seth’s progress, and continue to show your support for this inspirational little

boy, after the operation on March 27th by following us and Seths parents on Facebook, Twitter and

Instagram. And be sure to keep an eye on us here at The Bubble Foundation as well for updates on

Seth’s progress, and our continued effort to make sure that one day every child born with SCID