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.
The Stephen Carey Fund were delighted to receive a letter from Northumberland County Council advising us that we had been successful in our applicant for a grant from the Community Chest to the tune of £3,800.
The award is solely to fund the purchase of equipment and during a meeting held over the weekend the fund agreed that we would look towards the purchase of our forth defibrillator as well as acquiring first aid kits for distribution to local groups and organisations.
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