Memorial fund hits a major milestone

Dougie McEwan, vice-chairman of The Stephen Carey Fund hands over the defibrillator to The Horse Shoes Inn landlord Mark Dean and members of the Rennington community.
Dougie McEwan, vice-chairman of The Stephen Carey Fund hands over the defibrillator to The Horse Shoes Inn landlord Mark Dean and members of the Rennington community.
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A charity which was set up in memory of a grass-roots footballer to provide vital life-saving equipment has reached a major milestone – just days before the third anniversary of his death.

The namesake Stephen Carey Fund was officially launched in February 2013 after the 21-year-old from Alnmouth collapsed and died while playing the game he loved on July 12, 2012.

Since then, the group has installed defibrillators in communities across the region, as well as giving important first-aid training, including CPR, to thousands of people.

And last Wednesday, the fund celebrated a landmark occasion by providing its 50th defibrillator.

The equipment has been placed in Rennington at The Horse Shoes Inn.

David Wilson, who is the fund’s secretary/communications manager, said: “In the week which saw the third anniversary of the tragic death of Stephen, it is somewhat fitting that we have reached the milestone of providing our 50th defibrillator.

“It goes to a community which has worked so hard and so quickly to raise the necessary funds, while showing a real warmth and generosity to our cause that culminated in a strong turnout during the recent community awareness session.”

The community raised the funds with help by donations from The Grange Care Home, Lee Hope Painting & Decorating, Market Street Dental Practice, Rix Oils, Secure Health/AXA and Total Flooring.

To date, the charity has installed 39 cabinets with defibrillators and a further 11 defibrillators. The total number could rise to 75 by the end of the year.

l A Paint The Town Blue day, in aid of The Stephen Carey Fund, is taking place in Alnwick on Sunday, August 30. Organised by Doc’s landlord Scott Doherty, the event encourages businesses in the town to offer discounts and incentives to customers who are wearing blue or donning a specially-printed Stephen Carey Fund T-shirt (available from Doc’s soon). Collection buckets will also be put out.

For more details/to register, send Scott a message via the Doc’s Facebook page.