£20,000 Anonymous Donation Received

It is the news we have been waiting just over a week to have confirmed and be able to announce to you all. The Stephen Carey Fund has scored a £20,000 donation from an anonymous benefactor, who also gave the same amount to North Tyneside-based charity North East Heart and Goals.

Both ourselves and North East Hearts and Goals, backed by former pro-footballer Fabrice Muamba will be able to utilise these donations to improve the lifesaving equipment and skills in their respective areas.

Scott McEwan, chairman of The Stephen Carey Fund, said: “We are absolutely ecstatic. The money will allow us to get more defibrillators for different areas, which is absolutely fantastic.”

The campaign has exceeded its first-year fund-raising target, collecting nearly £20,000 – before the recent five-figure donation – and has secured defibrillators for Alnwick, Shilbottle, Hipsburn First School, Lowick and Glendale Middle School, the latter two to be installed in the coming weeks. The fund is also working with other organisations, such as East Chevington Parish Council and Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club recently to help provide further equipment and training.

Scott added: “In the last year, we have worked closely with the football clubs within the North Northumberland League, providing members of each team with an FA-recognised first-aid qualification and first-aid kits, but felt we could do more. We hadn’t realised how important defibrillators are or how easy they are to use until we met Paul and Alex from North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) NHS Foundation Trust”.

“We have already helped five areas get defibrillators, but we have so many inquiries coming in all the time, and as the awareness is raised, we expect more.”

The NEAS NHS Foundation Trust is backing both funds, providing advice and guidance as well as training to those receiving defibrillators.

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Fund Set To Receive 8 Defibrillators

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The Stephen Carey Fund met with fellow fundraisers North East Heart & Goals at the end of last week to discuss a number of ways in which the two organisations may be able to join forces to seek their mutual goal of improving life saving equipment and training across the region.

One matter for discussion was the rather “left of field” offer of some defibrillators that had originally intended for use in the Middle East.  In short these defibrillators were no longer needed for their original destination and now were posing something of a problem to the organisation in possession.  Via our mutual contact in the North East Ambulance Service the three organisations have held discussions and with some very generous assistance from a number of other organisations we have a workable solution.

The devices, which are currently programmed for Arabic users, are to be shipped to the USA where over the next few months they will be reprogrammed and serviced before being shipped back to the UK and given a new warranty before being distributed to the appropriate causes.

There are many cogs to the mechanism of this deal so whilst we are cautious we are also taking confidence in that the wheels are turning.  Should everything fall into place then The Stephen Carey Fund would have eight fully working defibrillators available for distribution into communities across North Northumberland, all we would need to raise the appropriate funds for are the public access units (green wall mounted boxes) to store the devices at their chosen sites.

This is could represent a huge leap well beyond our first year targets and we will definitely keep you updated with any developments.  A huge thank you to everyone involved at NE Hearts & Goals and North East Ambulance Service, if this one comes off it will make a huge difference to the North East of England.