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Pool marathon pockets money for special fund

The 24 hour pool marathon in aid of the Stephen Carey Fund. From left to right: Brian Shendon (Stephen Carey Fund comittee member), Scott Mcewan, Liz Wallace( Farriers Landlady), Dougie Mcewan and Sean Henderson (Stephen Carey Fund comittee member).

The 24 hour pool marathon in aid of the Stephen Carey Fund. From left to right: Brian Shendon (Stephen Carey Fund comittee member), Scott Mcewan, Liz Wallace( Farriers Landlady), Dougie Mcewan and Sean Henderson (Stephen Carey Fund comittee member).

A 24-hour pool marathon has raised around £2,500 for a special campaign to provide first-aid training and kit to grass-roots football clubs.

Dougie and Scott McEwan took on the challenge last weekend in aid of the Stephen Carey Fund.

It has been set up in honour of the 21-year-old from Alnmouth who collapsed during a football match last year and subsequently died, despite efforts to resuscitate him.

In tribute to Stephen, who was born with an unsuspected heart problem, and to try to prevent similar tragedies, a group of his friends formed the namesake fund to provide emergency first-aid training and equipment to football clubs.

The aim is to start with the North Northumberland League, in which the talented midfielder played, with the future goal of including all leagues in the county, at both senior and junior levels.

As part of the campaign, Dougie and Scott, who are on the fund committee, took to the pool table at the Farriers Arms, in Shilbottle, at 7pm on Saturday and played non-stop until the same time on Sunday, taking on numerous challengers along the way.

Committee members Brian Shendon and Sean Henderson oversaw much of the event.

Dougie said: “We managed the pool marathon no problem and with all of the sponsorship and donations we expect to have raised around £2,500, which is fantastic.

“Thank-you to everyone who supported us and donated money.”

But the fund-raising efforts aren’t stopping there. On Sunday, March 17, a five-a-side football knockout tournament is being held at Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, starting at 2pm.

Teams will play for The Stephen Carey Shield. Entry is £25 per team, with a maximum of seven registered players. It is open to those aged 16 and over.

For more details and to sign up, call Dougie on 01665 575313 (after 6pm).

 

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