The Stephen Carey Fund, like many locals and visitors alike, are not immune to the pleasures of a Sunday afternoon drive across the county.
For the committee members David Wilson and Dougie McEwan their drive last weekend took them to sunny Bamburgh to meet representatives of the local community Bill and Barbara Brooks. Several months ago Barbara, a Parish Councillor for the village, made contact with the fund to make enquiries about getting a defibrillator for the community. A few phone calls and a meeting later and their fundraising efforts began in earnest.
Local businesses generated donations of £500 and two talks provided voluntarily by Graham Bell, Chairman of the North Northumberland Bird Club, brought the total to the £1,000 needed to secure the package.
What the fund committee weren’t aware of as they made their journey on Sunday is that a further donation of £1,000 had been made by the family of the late Mr Christopher Peace. Mr Peace loved Northumberland and particularly Bamburgh and his family had been in touch with the Parish Council with a view to make a donation to a local project and when they heard about the fundraising efforts towards a community defibrillator they agreed immediately that Christopher would have been delighted with their choice.
The unit was the first device sited in the village but was quickly followed by a second defibrillator at the north end of the settlement (funded via efforts of another group) much to the benefit of the local community and visitors to the area.