Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SNAPSHOT OF THEIR WEEK; Each Week, DAVID FAIRLAMB Is Writing His Own Fit Factor Diary on How the Contestants Are Progressing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SNAPSHOT OF THEIR WEEK; Each Week, DAVID FAIRLAMB Is Writing His Own Fit Factor Diary on How the Contestants Are Progressing

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Byline: DAVID FAIRLAMB

Tuesday, April 1 - visit to the Bubble Foundation at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary LAST year, I was asked to help the Bubble Foundation by running a midnight beach bootcamp. I have to be honest and say I didn't really know much about the charity when I was first approached by fundraiser Gill Johnston. After a meeting and a visit to the Bubble Unit I was totally won over - they are worldleading in saving lives of babies and children born without an immune system.

This year's Fit Factor finalists decided they would like to raise money for the foundation by running the Great North Run in September.

We all met Gill at the RVI and she talked us through the history of the foundation, including some heartwrenching stories. We were then shown around the amazing Bubble Unit facilities.

When Gill first started as a nurse in 1995, six in 10 babies didn't survive. Now, due to the fundraising and more research, one in 10 don't survive, but one is still too many. I explained to the Fit Factor finalists that their hard work and hours of training is nothing compared with what these children and their families go through. At least they know something can be done about their weight and health. The children in the Bubble are relying on others to save their lives.

This is very humbling and gave the finalists a reality check as to why they let themselves get to this point with their own health.

Wednesday, April 2 THIS was the toughest session by far. The work by all of the finalists was relentless. Our visit to the Bubble Unit seemed to have changed the mindset of the group and given them even more drive and determination to hit their targets.

They worked in twos tonight and it was good to see how well they push each other. This year's finalists are working superbly as a group and have gelled brilliantly. When you have close support, both in and out of the gym, the 12-week journey becomes a whole lot easier.

Thursday, April 3 - huge coverage in The Journal THE embarrassment of their first week's photos was a tough one for the finalists, especially when they were splashed all over the paper. …

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