The first in a series of Public Access Defibrillator installations have been unveiled today by The Stephen Carey Fund.
The first is to be sited on the Jubilee Hall in Rothbury with the community training event scheduled for Thursday 16th October commencing at 7:30pm and the doors are open for the public to attend.
This is part of a programme that will see several defibrillators installed throughout the Coquet Valley following the Vintage Rothbury, organised by Rothbury WI, event in the summer which help co-fund the project.
The second installation takes place in Alnmouth with the positioning of a Public Access Defibrillator at Alnmouth Village Golf Club. This unit was once again co-funded by the local community and in particular following the efforts of the organisers of the Alnmouth Family Fun Day which you may recall partnered The Stephen Carey Fund to install a unit at Hipsburn in 2013. The fun day was so successful in 2014 that it is funding two installations and we are currently in talks with representatives from Lesbury to secure a location for the third device in the area.
These training sessions are a vital component of the work undertaken by The Stephen Carey Fund and the local communities in and around both Rothbury and Alnmouth are encouraged to attend their respective event – with the skills you will learn you could one day save a life!
Committee members from The Stephen Carey Fund met organisers of the Alnmouth Family Fun Day this week to receive a cheque for £1,882, a sum which has secured a defibrillator for the local community with an order to be placed in the coming days.
Negotiations are ongoing with regards to the siting of the unit and details will be announced in due course. At the time of installation representatives from North East Ambulance Service will assist The Stephen Carey Fund in the roll out of ‘awareness sessions’ to ensure that the local community has ample opportunity to learn all about the use and capabilities of a public access defibrillator.
Members of The Stephen Carey Fund were delighted to play their small part in helping make this first fun day in Alnmouth a success.
The weather was kind with the sun shining and only a stiff breeze to contend with which soon faded. It wasn’t long before the car park began to fill and the public meandered their way around the various stalls and activities, the kids loved the tea cups whilst the adults found comfort in the ‘beer cups’.
Pleasing was how busy the emergency services displays were with the North East Ambulance Service team rarely having a few minutes to themselves and both kids and adults interested to look around the fire engines that took turns on the show field.
The Tug Of War proved to be the crowd puller to mark the end of the organised events in the early evening and the with the hog roast firing up the beer tent became the social gathering point as everyone basked in the fantastic weather.
Everyone left with smiles and stories to tell, a great first year for the Alnmouth community.
Details of the monies raised for all organisations will be revealed later this week.