The Stephen Carey Fund met with fellow fundraisers North East Heart & Goals at the end of last week to discuss a number of ways in which the two organisations may be able to join forces to seek their mutual goal of improving life saving equipment and training across the region.
One matter for discussion was the rather “left of field” offer of some defibrillators that had originally intended for use in the Middle East. In short these defibrillators were no longer needed for their original destination and now were posing something of a problem to the organisation in possession. Via our mutual contact in the North East Ambulance Service the three organisations have held discussions and with some very generous assistance from a number of other organisations we have a workable solution.
The devices, which are currently programmed for Arabic users, are to be shipped to the USA where over the next few months they will be reprogrammed and serviced before being shipped back to the UK and given a new warranty before being distributed to the appropriate causes.
There are many cogs to the mechanism of this deal so whilst we are cautious we are also taking confidence in that the wheels are turning. Should everything fall into place then The Stephen Carey Fund would have eight fully working defibrillators available for distribution into communities across North Northumberland, all we would need to raise the appropriate funds for are the public access units (green wall mounted boxes) to store the devices at their chosen sites.
This is could represent a huge leap well beyond our first year targets and we will definitely keep you updated with any developments. A huge thank you to everyone involved at NE Hearts & Goals and North East Ambulance Service, if this one comes off it will make a huge difference to the North East of England.