Defibrillator Unveiled In Ashington Health Club

Defibrillator unveiled Oasis Health Club, AshingtonThe Stephen Carey Fund have unveiled a Public Access Defibrillator outside the Oasis Health Club in Ashington this week with staff receiving a free British Heart Foundation Heart Start Course from the charity.

Funds for the device were raised from staff at the health club with the help of visitors to the facility and friends and family of Darin Ferguson who you will recall was saved with the help of Andy Tomlin in 2015 after suffering a cardiac arrest whilst out cycling.

Pictured is Fund Treasurer Bryan Shendon handing over the defibrillator to Kevin Crick (owner of the club) along with two members of staff.


Druridge Bay 10k 2016

Druridge Bay 10kThe Stephen Carey Fund are one of several local charities to benefit from the sporting spectacular that is the Druridge Bay 10k, this year held on Sunday 29th May.

The organisers have opted to share the donations across four local charities who include Hospice Care North Northumberland, Amble RNLI, The Grafters Club and ourselves.

If you are interested in taking part in this event please click here.


Great North Run 2016

Great North Run 2016

The Stephen Carey Fund have been awarded 10 full charity places for this years Great North Run and already we have three of those places spoken for.

If you are interested in running on behalf of the charity the package is set out below:

  • £35 non refundable registration fee
  • £200 minimum sponsorship requirement
  • Free branded running vest (subject to availability)

Interested? Think you can complete the worlds greatest half marathon and raise over £200 for a local charity then simply contact us below:

Cramlington Juniors Receive First Aid Kits

The story of Cole Taylor, the seven year old who survived a cardiac arrest with the aid of his brother and father and who has since gone on to have an implanted defibrillator hit the headlines in 2015.

Cole is a member of Cramlington Juniors Football Club and has received amazing support and encouragement from his teammates and the coaches and we were delighted to be able to present to them a number of first aid kits to help keep grassroots football safe.

Defibrillator Presented To Ashington Health Club

Oasis Health Club in Ashington received defibrillator from The Stephen Carey Fund
Kevin Crick (Oasis Health Club) receives a defibrillator from Scott McEwan (The Stephen Carey Fund)

Members of Oasis Health Club in Ashington were presented with a defibrillator after a successful fundraising campaign during 2015.

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Success for charity pool night


An event organised by The Stephen Carey Fund to raise funds to help combat cardiac arrest through the provision of public access defibrillators and promotion of CPR skills has raised over £400 towards the cause.

One of the regions top pool players, Chris Gill, who has represented both his county and country gave up his evening freely to provide a demonstration on the finer arts of pool. Chris took on all challengers during the evening and set the tone from the first frame which he cleared the table from the break in less than 40 seconds.

With the addition of a raffle the total sum raised on the night was an impressive £415. The Trustees of the charity would like to thank all of the sponsors for their various donations:

  • 8 Ball Direct (Main sponsor)
  • Clayport Jewellers
  • Sportsworld
  • Alnwick Car Wash & Valeting Centre
  • Pureshine Detail
  • Cook & Barker
  • Shoulder of Mutton
  • The Farriers Arms
  • Bob Rudd Leisure
  • Lorraine Taylor

Hotspur 1364 VIP Charity Evening

Alnwick’s very own high-end boutique for men is holding a VIP Charity evening on Thursday 12th November 2015 from 4:00pm onwards.

Hotspur 1364, situated on Narrowgate, is opening the doors to the dapper gents of Northumberland to pop along and enjoy complimentary arrival drinks along with a selection of tempting offers:

  • Free haircuts (between 4:00pm and 6:30pm – first come first served)
  • VIP discounts
  • Goody bag – including money off vouchers
  • Awesome raffle prizes (including luxury hamper from Grannies and Hotspur 1364 gift voucher)

Lisa Aynsley of Hotspur 1364 - secret auction for signed Peter Beardsley 1986 England shirt

In addition to the above The Stephen Carey Fund and Hotspur 1364 are launching a ‘Secret Auction’ on the evening for a personally signed Peter Beardsley England Shirt from the historic 1986 World Cup Tournament – bids can only be placed at Hotspur 1364.

Host and business owner Lisa Aynsley is generously donating 10% of all takings during the event and indeed her own coffee money and salary for the day to The Stephen Carey Fund.




Defibrillator for Alnwick Town Centre

This evening sees the end of a busy day for the charity as the initial story detailing our unsuccessful approach to Iceland Foods Ltd to install a Public Access Defibrillator broke in the Northumberland Gazette both in print and online this morning.

This afternoon we are delighted to confirm that we have spoken to a representative from Iceland Foods Ltd and have accepted their offer to place the cabinet and defibrillator at the Alnwick store.

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First Life Saved By The Stephen Carey Fund

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A man who suffered a cardiac arrest has finally met the stranger who helped save his life, using vital first-aid skills he had learnt just 24 hours earlier from a training session provided by The Stephen Carey Fund.

Darin Ferguson and Andy Tomlin came face to face for the first time last night at The Farriers Arms, in Shilbottle, following the incident earlier this year.

Northumbrian Water employee Andy, based in Alnwick, rushed to Darin’s aid after he had collapsed near Morpeth and was able to put into practice life-saving techniques that he had been taught by The Stephen Carey Fund the day before.

Both Darin, 44, and Andy, 53, admit that the incident in May would likely have had a catastrophic outcome if it was not for the crucial training offered by the Fund.

After meeting his rescuer for the first time, father-of-one Darin, from Ashington, said: “I am so grateful to Andy because I was dead when he stopped to help me.

“Without Andy and the training he received from The Stephen Carey Fund, I would not be sitting here today. His actions saved my life, 100 per cent. I rang him up after I got out of hospital to thank him, but meeting him for the first time is incredibly emotional and I am actually a bit choked up.”

Andy, also from Ashington, was one of a number of Northumbrian Water employees to receive the training from the Fund on Friday, May 15. The charity’s chairman Scott McEwan led the session, which included emergency life support.

Little did he realise he would be putting these skills into practice much sooner than he could have imagined – the very next day. And the father-of-four admits that if it wasn’t for the training, he wouldn’t have had the confidence to become a life-saver. Recalling the incident, he said: “I was on my way home when I saw a couple of cars parked up and this lad lying by the roadside so I went over to assist.

“The people that were there didn’t really have a clue what they were doing. I checked Darin over and he didn’t have a pulse. I asked if anybody had called for an ambulance – which was one of the things I had learnt at the training – and nobody had!”. Andy added: “I started CPR and a few other people helped me. I was also looking for vital signs.”

He assisted paramedics when they arrived and a defibrillator was used on Darin. Thankfully, tragedy was averted and Andy admits that the training proved crucial.

He said: “If I hadn’t had the training the day before, I wouldn’t have been confident enough to do what I did. The training I received was vital because my first-aid skills were not up to date and I couldn’t have done it without the training I had from Scott.”

Car designer Darin was out cycling with his friend when the incident happened at Whorral Bank. The pair had been pedalling around Rothbury and Elsdon and had done about 55 miles. He said: “I have no recollection of what happened. I have been trying to piece it back together.”

Darin was in a coma for two-and-a-half days and had to have three stents fitted. He is due to have two more shortly. He returned to work eight weeks after the incident and says he is feeling ‘pretty good’ and is cycling once again. But he admits that the dramatic day in May proves that cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time.

“I didn’t think it would happen to me. I was the fittest I had been and was cycling about 120 miles a week,” he told reporters from the Northumberland Gazette who will feature the story in tomorrows edition.

On Tuesday, Darin and his family visited The Farriers Arms for first-aid training, including CPR, by Stephen Carey Fund representatives. It was here that he met Andy for the first time. Darin said he was delighted to not only see Andy, but to receive the training. Following the session, he said: “I wanted to have the training after what happened to me. It was good to see how the whole procedure works. Hopefully my family and I will never need to use it, but it is important that we know how to use it.”

Scott, 24, said the incident proves the value of The Stephen Carey Fund and thanked everybody who has supported it. In July, the charity installed its 50th defibrillator, just days before the third anniversary of Stephen’s death. The Fund has installed further defibrillators and has, since its formation, given the important first-aid training to thousands of people.

Donation From MG Northumbria

MG Northumbria, a classic car group, have handed over a cheque for £1,800 to The Stephen Carey Fund which will go towards a fully funded Public Access Defibrillator within Northumberland.

The award is one one of many made by MG Northumbria to small charitiable organisations across the North East following a fundraising effort at their annual Corbridge Classics event which featured several hundred classic cars and a packed showfield. The group raised in excess of £13,000 for good causes and pride themselves on helping the smaller charities with a stipulation that all donations are put towards something with tangible benefit.

David Wilson, Trustee for The Stephen Carey Fund, attended the event to receive the cheque and met with several members of the MG Group and announced “the donation will be put to immediate use as talks with representatives at Tynedale Park have led to an agreement to place a Public Access Defibrillator at the venue which we think is apt not only because that is where the monies were raised but also given the number of sporting teams who use the venue, events held at the location and of course the local residents”.

The installation will be the first of two defibrillators for the village as the charity has also been in talk with representatives of the local community with regards to the placement of another Public Access Defibrillator within the main part of the village. At this stage funds are still being collected but with a view to finalising the package in the near future.

MG Northumbria invite all of the groups benefiting from their respective donations to attend the Corbridge Classics in 2016 and the Trustees of The Stephen Carey Fund have stated they are very much looking forward to meeting many who will have dug deep to help out their cause.