Bubble Foundation

Imagine not being able to pick up your crying baby until you have scrubbed your hands clean for three minutes and put on a special gown. Imagine not being able to take your baby for a walk because they need to stay in a sterile bubble of clean air.

Some parents don’t have to imagine; for them, it is real. Their children suffer from a rare, inherited condition called Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or SCID. They are born without an immune system and cannot fight the simplest of infection. Even the common cold passed on by a mother’s kiss can be fatal.

The only way of keeping these ‘bubble babies’ safe from infection is to care for them in a ‘bubble’, a high tech sterile room, and their only chance of survival is to give them a completely new immune system. Giving them a bone marrow transplant is a difficult treatment, but is the only way.

The good news is, that if successful, the babies grow new immune cells and can leave their ‘bubble’ and go home to live normal lives. And that’s all thanks to the extraordinary team at the Newcastle General Hospital, and one lady in particular, Gill Johnston.

In 1988 the first ‘Bubble Baby’ was referred to the children’s ward where Gill worked (later developed into the Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit). The unit required some toys, and that was Gill’s first foray into fundraising and blagging. It was tremendous success, and before she knew it, she had hit £10,000, at which point they had to set up as a charity to deal with the funds.

In 1992, Gill was involved in the setting up of the Bubble Foundation UK, and worked full time as the Fundraising Manager, travelling all over the UK and Ireland raising awareness and funds for the Foundation. To date, it has raised £4 million.

Gill and the nurses on the ward raise money in their spare time to fund services to support not just their patients, but their patient’s families too. This includes counselling, subsidised travel costs, access to therapeutic services like yoga, aromatherapy and reflexology. This money also goes towards funding ongoing cutting edge medical research to help tackle the conditions they treat day in and day out.

It is a tribute to Gill that survival rates for the children who are treated on the Bubble Unit have risen significantly. When she first started, 4 out of 10 children died; now, 9 out of 10 survive.

Do The Right Thing brought some of the children and families together to say a massive thank you to Gill, whose efforts and dedication has saved hundreds of lives.

If you would like to help ‘bubble babies’ and make a contribution to the Bubble Foundation, please follow the link below:


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Tea parties with Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is the only National charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people through face-to-face contact.

Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over and who live alone. This heart-warming scheme offers vulnerable elderly residents a regular and vital friendship link every month.

If you would like to get involved and volunteer, or would like to attend a tea party yourself, please click on the links below to find out more:




Parking fines

Ticketing on private land in the UK has reached epidemic proportions. New figures from the RAC Foundation show tickets are now being issued at the rate of 17,137 per day; the equivalent of 714 per hour or 12 per minute on private land.

The figures also show that, in total, nearly 10,000 people approached the Citizen’s Advice Bureau for advice on private parking tickets last year and parking firms are issuing almost 13 times more tickets than decade ago.

Motorists should have the certainty that when they enter a car park on private land, they are entering into a contract that is reasonable, transparent and involves a consistent process. Poor signage, unreasonable terms, exorbitant fines, aggressive demands for payment and an opaque appeals process, together with some motorists being hit with a fine for just driving in and out of a car park or private land without stopping, is not acceptable, according the RAC Foundation.

If you believe you have been unfairly fined and have a parking injustice story of your own, we want to know. Please get in touch by emailing dotherighthing@channel5.com.

Helping the homeless with Linkey

Founded in December 2017 by siblings Josh Adley and Natasha Langleben, Linkey is a social enterprise set up to bring together those who care, with those who need.

Josh and Rebecca, along with an army of friends and family, loaded up their cars and visited the homeless on the streets and in shelters in central London to deliver the goods.

Seeing how many people this simple act of kindness fired up their community, they decided to develop this one-off idea into a sustainable social enterprise. They setup an Amazon Wish List of all the essential items that shelters and rough sleepers were desperately in need of and used social media and word of mouth to encourage people to make a purchase.

In its first two months, Linkey received £20,000 worth of items, in addition to over 1,500 physically donated items.

Find out more about the charity and see how you can get involved here: https://linkey.org.uk/pages/channel-5-do-the-right-thing

Brighton and Hove City Council fly-tipping fines

Brighton and Hove City council and their enforcers, 3GS are fining small business in the area who say they are making genuine mistakes when it comes to disposal of waste.

The councils own figures show that up to 60 per cent of Brighton ‘fly-tipping’ fines are issued to businesses using the wrong bin.

Last year, it was revealed that the city council, in partnership with private contractor 3GS, had issued 276 fines for fly-tipping from May 2016 to May 2017. But recently, it said the number of fines in the last year had soared to 787 – with about 480 being issued to commercial organisations.

If you believe you have been fined unfairly please follow the links below for assistance.

Brighton and Hove City Council

Tel: 01273 292929

Email: cityclean@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Address your correspondence to Gill Mitchell.


For more information on the litter fines please see the government guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fixed-penalty-notices-issuing-and-enforcement-by-councils

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Useful information

If you or someone you know has been affected by similar issues, please contact your GP to be put in touch with any local NHS services and feel free to contact one of the organisations below:

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If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this film and would be willing to share your story, please contact the production company using the following email address: info@popkorntv.com

5SELECT is here

5SELECT is a premium channel offering high-quality factual series, intelligent documentaries and must-watch dramas. 5SELECT features first-run originals alongside the finest content from Channel 5 and spin-offs of its most popular programmes.

5SELECT will showcase a selection of high quality content ranging from factual programmes like Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild and GPs: Behind Closed Doors to spin-off original series like The Yorkshire Vet Casebook and The Dog Rescuers: Best in Show, alongside brand new commissions like The Secret Life of Owls.

5SELECT will also broadcast hit RTE show Striking Out, a brand new legal drama starring Neil Morrissey and Amy Huberman.

5SELECT will take viewers to amazing places to tell incredible stories—through the eyes of captivating talent such as Jane McDonald, Alex Polizzi and Tony Robinson, and through the prism of history in the exclusive broadcast of World War I in Colour.

It is set to be the home of stunning natural history series such as Alaska: A Year in the Wild, the place to find compelling tales from series like Extraordinary People and the channel for intelligent, accessible history programmes including The Great Fire.

The channel also features themed programme collections, including Secrets of the Past exploring history’s defining moments, SELECT Drama where viewers can settle in for an evening of high-quality drama, and Famous Faces, Amazing Places where Channel 5 talent visit their bucket list destinations.

5SELECT will replace the My5 TV channel across all broadcast platforms. My5 will continue as Channel 5’s catch-up and box set service across all major on-demand platforms and devices.

Watch 5SELECT on the below channels:

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