The second annual Golf Day took place at Alnwick Castle Golf Club this weekend in order to once again raise monies for The Stephen Carey Fund.
Following the success of the inaugural event in 2013 the club held discussions with representatives from The Stephen Carey Fund and asked if we would be able to help them acquire a defibrillator for their clubhouse. The committee held a brief discussion on the matter and quickly decided that whilst our primary goal is to drive forward the installation of Public Access Defibrillators the installation of privately held units within locations such as this held many merits which we simply could not ignore.
With the organisers increasing their efforts for the 2014 event a healthy turnout of participants, sponsorship from local businesses and great weather yet again set the scene for a fantastic event.
Approximately 70 individuals took part and the clubhouse was packed both prior to tee off with everyone enjoying some lively banter and definitely getting “into the swing” of the day.
Four hours later and the clubhouse was yet again buzzing with the tales of that long drive, the slice, the putt that nearly was. The presentations and awards were announced and the organisers revealed that circa £2,500 had been raised on the day for The Stephen Carey Fund.
Dougie McEwan, Vice-Chairman for The Stephen Carey Fund, made a brief speech within which he thanked all of the participants and organisers of the event for a truly incredible day, stressing that the monies raised from the event will be put to use very soon and will undoubtedly go on to save lives in the future.
In the week when several tournaments will be held in his name The Stephen Carey Fund thought it fitting to release details of the placement of another defibrillator. Bryan Tatters sadly passed away several years ago and upon hearing of our campaign his wife Pat contacted the fund asking for them to help place a defibrillator at the golf club in Wooler to give others the chance that her husband unfortunately did not have.
Despite this being a deviation from our aims of placing Public Access Defibrillators a discussion with the North East Ambulance Service and meeting with Pat herself ensured that it took very little persuasion for us to assist. With the provision of fundraising from the golf club the fund used their connections to secure a defibrillator and Pat Tatters is pictured with members of the club and their new defibrillator.
Scott McEwan, Chairman of The Stephen Carey Fund said “Given the geography and nature of the course at Wooler Golf Club we soon realised that even if an ambulance could get to the location quickly it would still take several minutes to get to a patient, placing a defibrillator on site and therefore saving vital minutes will undoubtedly improve the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest at the club”.
The Stephen Carey Fund in association with the North East Ambulance Service were delighted to unveil their third public access defibrillator last week. The latest unit has been installed at Hipsburn County First School following consultation with the school, its governors and Northumberland County Council. The unveiling coincided with an awareness session run by the North East Ambulance Service which was attended by members of the local community include those who organised the inaugural Alnmouth Fun Day which raised the funds necessary to purchase the defibrillator.
The Stephen Carey Fund in this instance have opted for a different defibrillator to the first two devices with this particular version being able to be utilised on both adult and child patients by simply flicking a switch compared to other brands which require the pads to be switched from adult to child versions. Stephen Shendon, on behalf of The Stephen Carey Fund said “with the unit being fitted to a first school with young children we felt that, even though the statistics for sudden cardiac arrest are very low for that age group, should an incident have occurred in the future and the device was not able to be utilised we would have failed in our goal to make communities safer – quite simply we opted for the right solution for this environment”.
Having already surpassed their first year target of raising circa £8,000 and installing a single defibrillator with a few months to spare The Stephen Carey Fund have now exceeded £17,000 and will be looking to install their fourth defibrillator before the New Year.
The Stephen Carey fund have installed their 3rd public access defibrillator in to the North Northumberland area. The latest unit has been sited at Hipsburn County First School, located close to the coastal village of Alnmouth and adjacent to the A1068 coast road.
The defibrillator is to be unveiled to the public at 7:00pm on Monday 18th November at Hipsburn First School, near Alnmouth. The evening will see The Stephen Carey Fund joined by the North East Ambulance service who will provide an awareness session to inform the local community about this new life saving device and also demonstrating life saving skills.
The installation of this device and this location is particularly poignant for those involved with The Stephen Carey Fund as it covers not only the pitch that he played so much football for the village but it is near his home and family.
We are delighted that the school, it’s governors and Northumberland County Council gave consent for the unit and more so that we were able to secure a device that not only is designed for use on adults but also for young children.
This is an open event and the public are more than welcome, and in fact encouraged, to attend – life saving skills are something we all need to learn and refresh ourselves with.
Awareness sessions across Alnwick, Shilbottle and Alnmouth have helped increase the knowledge and confidence of those communities within which The Stephen Carey Fund have been active in improving the life saving skills and equipment.
With Shilbottle and Alnwick already equipped with public access defibrillators and Alnmouth soon to receive theirs it is vital that the local communities are fully aware of the location and functionality of the equipment at their disposal.
If you would like The Stephen Carey Fund to arrange a session for a group/organisation you are involved in or perhaps you would like the life saving skill of your employees or colleagues to be improved then please contact us using the box below. As HeartStart Instructors we can, completely free of charge, provide training that could one day save the life of someone in need.
Below is a video, courtesy of HeartSine – a manufacturer of defibrillators, which features individuals who talk about their experiences with Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), defibrillators and how they can improve the survival chances of those who suffer from a SCA.