Unveiling life-saving equipment

The defibrillator  in Shilbottle with  members of the Stephen Carey Fund, Stephen's family and representatives of the village.
The defibrillator in Shilbottle with members of the Stephen Carey Fund, Stephen's family and representatives of the village.

A state-of-the-art, life-saving machine has been installed in a north Northumberland village and is now ready to use.

The top-of-the-range defibrillator with CPR advisor has been purchased by The Stephen Carey Fund – a namesake campaign set up in memory of the 21-year-old from Alnmouth who last year collapsed while playing football and died.

The unit has been installed outside of K-Chem Pharmacy, on Grange Road, Shilbottle, and was unveiled on Saturday with members of Stephen’s family present.

Representatives from North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) attended and allowed members of the community to try their hand at CPR and gave people the chance to use a training version of a defibrillator.

NEAS will soon be running awareness/training courses in the village.

The Fund has purchased a second machine, following a £2,000 donation from the John Bull Letter Draw Community Fund, which will be sited at Alnwick Cricket Club and unveiled at 7pm on Tuesday. The community can attend and NEAS will be present. On Saturday, August 3, a fun day in aid of the cause takes place at Alnmouth FC’s pitch, near Hipsburn First School. Starting at noon, it will be family-friendly during the afternoon, with an evening event for adults. Visit thestephencareyfund.co.uk