It is the news we have been waiting just over a week to have confirmed and be able to announce to you all. The Stephen Carey Fund has scored a £20,000 donation from an anonymous benefactor, who also gave the same amount to North Tyneside-based charity North East Heart and Goals.
Both ourselves and North East Hearts and Goals, backed by former pro-footballer Fabrice Muamba will be able to utilise these donations to improve the lifesaving equipment and skills in their respective areas.
Scott McEwan, chairman of The Stephen Carey Fund, said: “We are absolutely ecstatic. The money will allow us to get more defibrillators for different areas, which is absolutely fantastic.”
The campaign has exceeded its first-year fund-raising target, collecting nearly £20,000 – before the recent five-figure donation – and has secured defibrillators for Alnwick, Shilbottle, Hipsburn First School, Lowick and Glendale Middle School, the latter two to be installed in the coming weeks. The fund is also working with other organisations, such as East Chevington Parish Council and Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club recently to help provide further equipment and training.
Scott added: “In the last year, we have worked closely with the football clubs within the North Northumberland League, providing members of each team with an FA-recognised first-aid qualification and first-aid kits, but felt we could do more. We hadn’t realised how important defibrillators are or how easy they are to use until we met Paul and Alex from North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) NHS Foundation Trust”.
“We have already helped five areas get defibrillators, but we have so many inquiries coming in all the time, and as the awareness is raised, we expect more.”
The NEAS NHS Foundation Trust is backing both funds, providing advice and guidance as well as training to those receiving defibrillators.
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