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Community Awareness Sessions – July 2016

The latest dates for Community Awareness Sessions in July 2016 are as follows:

  • Corbridge Parish Hall – Tuesday 26th July, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (TSCF)

Attendance is open to everyone and the only limit is the capacity of the respective venues. All sessions take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

(Local CFR) = Local Community First Responder
(TSCF) = The Stephen Carey Fund

Community Awareness Sessions – June 2016

The latest dates for Community Awareness Sessions in June 2016 are as follows:

  • Birtley Village Hall – Thursday 02 June, 7:30pm – 9:30pm (TSCF)
  • Hedley on the Hill – Monday 27th June, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (TSCF)
  • Catton Village Hall – Wednesday 29 June, 7.00pm – 9.00pm (TSCF)
  • Corbridge – TBC (TSCF)

Attendance is open to everyone and the only limit is the capacity of the respective venues. All sessions take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

(Local CFR) = Local Community First Responder
(TSCF) = The Stephen Carey Fund

Defibrillator Applications Suspended

The Trustees of The Stephen Carey Fund have made the decision this week to suspend any new applications for defibrillators until further notice.

The charity are currently managing 76 defibrillators across the county and are liaising with various communities and organisations that would potentially see this figure increase to over 100, assuming all projects in discussion come to fruition.

Trustee David Wilson stated “76 defibrillators in just over three years sees our yearly average at circa 25 cabinets and whilst we are only at the end of the second month, in our fourth year, we are already involved with various groups for 27 further potential placements”.

“We previously suspended applications in December 2015 to catch up on projects and to give the team a little respite over Christmas and that certainly helped both recharge the batteries and structure the early installations for 2016”.

The charity will now spend the next few months completing some of the more advanced projects whilst also following up some of the discussions which have ‘gone cold’ over recent weeks. This will help them identify how many projects they may be able to consider for the latter half of 2016.

The Trustees have also begun the process of implementing a software package which will provide them with a more robust and time efficient system to manage all of the deployed assets across the county.

Chairman Scott McEwan summarised “We have been successful far beyond any conceived targets and we feel that our immediate priority is to conclude ongoing projects with a good quality of service and set out a plan for the remainder of the year, and indeed into subsequent years”.

In the interim should you be interested in acquiring a defibrillator for your community please complete the form on our contact page – we will acknowledge receipt by email only and then log your details for future contact, we regret at this time we will not entertain discussions relating to costs, viability and timing of any new projects until a further announcement is made on this website and circulated via the respective social media channels.

Community Awareness Sessions – April 2016

The latest dates for Community Awareness Sessions in April 2016 are as follows:

  • Spittal Bowling Club – Monday 04 April, 7pm – 9pm (TSCF)
  • Lesbury Village Hall – Tuesday 05 April, 7.15pm – 9.15pm (TSCF)

Attendance is open to everyone and the only limit is the capacity of the respective venues. All sessions take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

(Local CFR) = Local Community First Responder
(TSCF) = The Stephen Carey Fund

Yorkshire Building Society – Charity Choice Campaign 2016

 

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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”.

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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.

Community Awareness Sessions – March 2016

The latest dates for Community Awareness Sessions in March 2016 are as follows:

  • Byrness Village Hall – Sunday 06 March, 1pm – 3pm (Local CFR)
  • Rochester Village Hall – Sunday 06 March, 4pm – 6pm (Local CFR)
  • Otterburn Village Hall – Sunday 13 March, 1pm – 3pm (Local CFR)
  • Elsdon Village Hall – Sunday 13 March, 4pm – 6pm (Local CFR)
  • West Woodburn Village Hall – Sunday 20 March, 1pm – 3pm (Local CFR)
  • The Gun Inn, Ridsdale – Sunday 20 March, 4pm – 6pm (Local CFR)
  • Hexham Scout Group, Hexham – Sunday 20 March, 1pm – 3pm (TSCF)
  • Acomb Village Hall – Sunday 20 March, 3.45pm – 5.45pm (TSCF)

Attendance is open to everyone and the only limit is the capacity of the respective venues. All sessions take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

(Local CFR) = Local Community First Responder
(TSCF) = The Stephen Carey Fund

Defibrillator Agreed For Chathill

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Members of Ellingham Parish Council and residents of Chathill present a cheque from a recent coffee morning to Bryan Shendon of The Stephen Carey Fund.

Ellingham Parish Council has adopted the decommissioned phone box at Chathill and has plans to install a defibrillator in association with The Stephen Carey Fund.  The Ellingham Community Trust agreed a deal in 2015 to provide a donation £1,250 which will be matched by The Stephen Carey Fund. This will be the second defibrillator for the parish – the other being at Ellingham Village Hall.

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.