A family fun day has raised vital cash for a special fund which was set up in memory of a grass-roots footballer who died playing the game.
The special event was staged on Saturday at Alnmouth football club’s Hotspur Park ground in aid of The Stephen Carey Fund.
The namesake fund was created following the death of the 21-year-old, who played for the Northumberland village outfit.
The weekend’s family fun day raised £2,500. The Fund has agreed to match the total to install a public access defibrillator in Alnmouth, where Stephen was from, as well as one in Lesbury.
The event – the second of its kind – featured a host of entertainment and activities, including live music, a mini football tournament, fun fair, tug of war, car-boot sale, stalls and beer tent. There was a good turnout and the crowds basked in the hot July sun.
Helena Allan, who was one of a number of people who helped organise the event, said: “It was a fantastic day and the weather was fantastic.”
Last year’s family fun day raised £1,882 for the same cause, allowing for a public-access defibrillator to be installed at Hipsburn.
Dave Wilson, from the Fund, was delighted at how the day went.
He said: “Our committee was blown away by both the tenacity of the organising team and also the success of the event in 2013 and this year they have once again excelled.
“Hotspur Park was busy throughout the day with everyone getting fully involved in a wide range of activities and also soaking up the sun in a relaxed and safe environment.
“We were delighted when the organisers announced they would like to select us as their cause for a second year running and we just can’t wait to see one of our green cabinets installed at Alnmouth and in Lesbury.”
The Stephen Carey Fund is the current beneficiary of the Jam Jar Army campaign.
THE STEPHEN CAREY FUND FACTS
Stephen Carey was playing football when he collapsed and died in July 2012. He had an undiagnosed heart defect.
The fund was set up by people who knew Stephen. Its aim was to raise money to provide emergency first-aid training to grass-roots football clubs and purchasing defibrilators for communities.
The fund has installed 11 defibrillators in various communities and donated four to schools and organisations. This number is set to increase.
The Stephen Carey Fund has received support from ex-pro footballers Fabrice Muamba and Alan Shearer.