This evening sees the end of a busy day for the charity as the initial story detailing our unsuccessful approach to Iceland Foods Ltd to install a Public Access Defibrillator broke in the Northumberland Gazette both in print and online this morning.
This afternoon we are delighted to confirm that we have spoken to a representative from Iceland Foods Ltd and have accepted their offer to place the cabinet and defibrillator at the Alnwick store.
The committee of The Stephen Carey Fund ventured onto the green fields near Alnwick Castle at the weekend as invited guests of the Northumberland Gazette.
As this years Jam Jar Army beneficiaries we had the honour of being able to shake our buckets at all of the lucky people who attended the Simple Minds concert held at The Pastures on Saturday evening.
Despite a blustery wind which was later joined by rain the weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of those attending and it certainly didn’t dampen their generousity as we are happy to announce that a total of £605 was raised on the evening.
The committee from the fund would like to thank the KAL Music and the Northumberland Gazette for their permission to collect at the event and absolutely all those who dug deep with their donations.
The committee of The Stephen Carey Fund are delighted to announce that we were informed earlier this week that we have been successful in our bid to become the selected organisation in the Jam Jar Army 2014 appeal.
The news received late on Tuesday morning sparked some frantic phone calls and an even more frantic dash to grab some props for the photo shoot scheduled a few hours later.
The selection for the Jam Jar Army 2014 means so much to us due to the fact that it wasn’t a panel or a committee that decided we should be the nominated cause but that it was the public, the communities we are trying to ensure never have to go through the tragedy some of us and many others have had to.
That you took the time to complete the voting form and make that walk to the postbox or even deliver by hand to the Northumberland Gazette offices means that we have begun to realise one of our key goals. We really wanted our cause not only to install defibrillators but to raise the level of awareness that is so desparately required to ensure more people have emergency life saving skills and to demystify the public access defibrillator so that the communities they are installed within have the confidence to use if ever required.
The funds that will be raised from the Jam Jar Army appeal will undoubtedly progress our cause and directly result in helping us achieve our goal of installing 20-30 defibrillators during 2014. The awareness that the appeal will help us achieve will push The Stephen Carey Fund to a level we couldn’t possibly have dreamed of as we come to the end of our first year in existence.
We now look forward into 2014 and beyond with the confidence that we will achieve some great things together with our partners and more so with our supporters both old and new.
A pleasing moment as the unveiling of the first defibrillator for The Stephen Carey Fund is featured within the Northumberland Gazette. The unit was unveiled in Shilbottle on Saturday 20th July in front of members of the local community.
Often when football players are asked to go to the bench the following minutes are full of long faces and mutterings but this week was different as was the bench.
Family, friends and former work colleagues have worked together to organise a wooden bench with engraved plaque which has been placed at Hotspur Park, the home of Alnmouth FC where Stephen played much of his football, and several of those involved were able to be present for the unveiling with the Northumberland Gazette in attendance to record the moment.
A series of articles were published in the Northumberland Gazette today which included details of the coroners report which whilst incredibly sad to read at least bring something resembling an answer for this tragic incident.
In addition the publication also included a piece announcing the formation of the very fund you are now reading, The Stephen Carey Fund.
Following many discussions between teammates, friends and family close to Stephen as to how best remember and honour him it was agreed to do something positive and constructive to help others.
With a football match already undertaken the formation of the fund now draws together the determination of those involved into sharp focus and with ideas in abundance 2013 looks like being a year of promise and hope for all those affected by this tragic event.