GAZETTE OPINION: Turning a tragedy into a triumph in lad’s honour

If ever there was an example of turning a tragedy into a triumph, then The Stephen Carey Fund is undoubtedly it.

The campaign was set up on the back of the sudden death of the 21-year-old, who died playing the game he loved.

The fact that the namesake cause, created by people who knew and loved him, has gone on to raise close to £40,000 in less than a year, allowing it to purchase vital equipment to try to prevent future tragedies, is a fitting tribute to the talented midfielder.

And if one life can be saved on the back of what the Fund has achieved so far, then it has all been worth while.

The £20,000 donation from an anonymous bidder, which will allow the Fund to purchase more defibrillators for communities in north Northumberland, on the back of the machines it has already bought, is a huge boost to the area.

It is also testament to the volunteer committee, which has worked tirelessly for the cause in Stephen’s honour. The public has also supported the campaign by raising funds.

Let’s just hope the defibrillators will never need to be used.