Yorkshire Building Society – Charity Choice Campaign 2016



The Stephen Carey Fund have been nominated to benefit from the ‘Charity Choice’ campaign at the Alnwick branch of the Yorkshire Building Society.

For a two week period between 9th and 21st May 2016 members of the Society and the general public are invited to visit the branch, in Bondgate Within, and vote for one of three local charities.

All three charities will receive a donation with the number of votes dictating whether this is £500, £300 or £200. The concept ensures that no charity is left disappointed and guaranteeing that three local causes receive support from the Society’s Charitable Foundation.

We will post reminders up on our website and social media pages when the voting period opens and hope that you are able to lend your support to our cause.

Newcastle Building Society Donation

NBS-Handover---externalFollowing a year of fundraising the team from the Morpeth branch of the Newcastle Building Society presented charity Treasurer Bryan Shendon with a cheque for £730.

Bryan commented “We met the team at the Newcastle Building Society Cornerstone of the Community Awards in 2014 and we obviously impressed as they went on to select us as their charity for 2015”.

The team have undertaken a number of events and activities throughout the year helping not only raise valuable funds for the charity but also increased awareness of the cause.

Shendon continued “We are in contact with a group in the town and whilst it is very early stages their might just be the first Public Access Defibrillator for Morpeth before the year is out”.


The Trustees of The Stephen Carey Fund would like to thank the Newcastle Building Society and in particular all those associated with the Morpeth branch for the opportunity and also not forgetting the generous public who have put their hands in their pocket to show faith in what we are doing.

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.

Heart Of Gold Campaign Launched

Hexham Courant Heart Of Gold Campaign

The Stephen Carey Fund are delighted to announce that they have joined forces with the Hexham Courant to launch a new campaign to raise funds to install more Public Access Defibrillators within the Tyne Valley.

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Fund selected as 2015 charity for Newcastle Building Society (Morpeth Branch)

Newcastle Building Society - Morpeth Branch
The Morpeth Branch of Newcastle Building Society to support The Stephen Carey Fund during 2015.

The ardent readers amongst you may recall that we were nominees at the Newcastle Building Society Cornerstone of the Community Awards in late 2014.  Sat on Table 13 perhaps some would have taken it as an sign we wouldn’t go on to pick up any awards that night but we make our own luck and made some great new friends from both within the society and at other charities.

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Double Delight For The Stephen Carey Fund

Public Access Defibrillator at Bamburgh
Bill and Barbara Brook hand over cheque for £2,000 to Dougie McEwan.

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.

The Stephen Carey Fund Announces Partnership with SPORTSassist


The Stephen Carey Fund are delighted to announce an informal partnership with local financial company SPORTSassist.  The arrangement will see SPORTSassist offer free no obligation financial reviews for the supporters of the charity.  In return The Stephen Carey Fund will be eligible for donations.

Communications Manager for the fund, David Wilson, said “We received the approach from SPORTSassist and were obviously interested as we are keen to develop new fundraising avenues but also keen to ensure we looked after the interests of our supporters”.

SPORTSassist have confirmed that they are offering to make a donation of £50 on your behalf in return for you agreeing to a Full Financial or Pension Review.

All referrals and quotations are on a ‘no obligation’ basis and of course you should always look to the wider market to ensure you have found the best deal for you.

SPORTSassist have helped many organisations across the country raise funds for various purposes, indeed they have worked with Alnmouth FC (the village football team which Stephen played for).

If you would like to find out more please visit their website.

Simple Minds and Deep Pockets

Simple Minds at Alnwick Castle
Our team of volunteers at the Simple Minds concert held at Alnwick Castle

The committee of The Stephen Carey Fund ventured onto the green fields near Alnwick Castle at the weekend as invited guests of the Northumberland Gazette.

As this years Jam Jar Army beneficiaries we had the honour of being able to shake our buckets at all of the lucky people who attended the Simple Minds concert held at The Pastures on Saturday evening.

Despite a blustery wind which was later joined by rain the weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of those attending and it certainly didn’t dampen their generousity as we are happy to announce that a total of £605 was raised on the evening.

The committee from the fund would like to thank the KAL Music and the Northumberland Gazette for their permission to collect at the event and absolutely all those who dug deep with their donations.

DB10k Donation Unveiled

In late May approximately four hundred people of all athletic abilities took park in the Druridge Bay 10k 2014.

The Stephen Carey Fund, were the selected charity for this event and following the collection of all donations and sponsorship the committee of the event were delighted to hand over a cheque for the sum of £5,596.08.

Druridge Bay 10k
The DB10k committee hand over donation to The Stephen Carey Fund

Chairman of The Stephen Carey Fund, Scott McEwan, said “From the minute we first heard that we had been selected as the beneficiaries, through the various meetings, the event itself right up to the handover of the donation it has been nothing but an absolute pleasure to be involved with the committee and support team who organise this event. I can assure all those involved and who took part on the day that we will put this donation to effective use within local communities”.

FP McCann donates £1,000 to The Stephen Carey Fund

FP McCann donates £1,000 to The Stephen Carey Fund
Gordon Fear (left) and Graeme Convery (right) hand over cheque for £1,000 to David Wilson from The Stephen Carey Fund

The Stephen Carey Fund are delighted to announce that a major civil engineering company have selected our cause as recipients of a substantial donation.

FP McCann operate throughout the United Kingdom providing a range of services but will be known in Northumberland for the provision of pre-cast concrete pipes from their site near Howick.

The team at FP McCann at Littlehoughton were asked to put forward suggestions for good causes as part of the organisations charitable efforts.  As a result The Stephen Carey Fund are now in receipt of £1,000 from FP McCann.

Our thanks obviously go out initially to the team at Littlehoughton for their nomination and then secondly to FP McCann for seeing the value in our efforts and selecting us for the award.

Upon learning about the donation the committee of fund held a meeting to discuss the award and with the full support of FP McCann have subsequently announced that they are to match the donation and are now in discussions with representatives from Embleton Parish Council who will soon have their own Public Access Defibrillator courtesy of this generous donation.