Traders help fund first of 10 valley defibrillators

Chris Cann

Chris Cann

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Traders who have signed up to Rothbury’s first vintage market have helped to fund the first of 10 defibrillators for the Coquet Valley.

The Rothbury WI team has organised a vintage and craft market as part of its Vintage Rothbury Day on Sunday, June 29, to raise £10,000 for the Stephen Carey Fund and put 10 defibrillators across the valley.

Karen Whitfield, Ruby's Retro Closet

Karen Whitfield, Ruby's Retro Closet

And just 10 days after opening for bookings, more than 50 businesses have signed up.

Many are creating collections especially for the market and will be selling items not on offer anywhere else.

And those bookings means that one of the 10 defibrillators has already been funded.

One of the first traders to sign up was Karen Whitfield, of Ruby’s Retro Closet. Born in Rothbury and brought up in London, Karen and her family have now settled in Hepple from where she runs her on-line store selling vintage clothes and jewellery, unusual homeware and hand-crafted decorative pieces.

Karen said: “Living in such a small place as Hepple has really brought home to me the need for an immediate medical response to an emergency like a heart attack so I was delighted when my own business could get involved and do something to support isolated rural communities.”

And visitors to her stall on the day, carrying a copy of the Gazette, will be entered into a prize draw.