The Stephen Carey Fund begin their ‘Tour of Northumberland’ in earnest over the coming week with a schedule that would make even the hardened roadie wince. Following the culmination of several months of fundraising, meetings and plenty of logistical planning the efforts of several communities and the fund have boiled down to a roll out plan which includes community training sessions as follows:
Mon 8th December – 7:00pm @ Stocksfield Cricket Club
Tue 9th December – 7:00pm @ Longframlington Hall
Wed 10th December – 7:00pm @ Thropton Memorial Hall
Thur 11th December – 7:00pm @ Felton Methodist Church
Wed 17th December – 7:00pm @ Hepple Village Church
Thur 18th December –7:00pm @ The Trap Inn, North Broomhill
Sun 21st December – 2:00pm @ Tarset (location to be confirmed)
In addition to the dates above further sessions are yet to be arranged for the villages of Falstone and Embleton and once completed the roll out will see a further fifteen community Public Access Defibrillators in place across the county.
If that wasn’t enough the team will be attending a charity ball on Sunday 7th in Gosforth, holding meetings with a local financial institution, a regional running events company and also the North East Ambulance Service before they break for Christmas.
The first Public Access Defibrillator has been installed within the rural village of Rothbury in Northumberland this week.
Situated on the rear of the Jubilee Hall this device is the first of several to be installed throughout the Coquet Valley as part of the partnership between The Stephen Carey Fund and Rothbury WI.
A community familiarisation training session took place on Thursday 16th October inside the hall and further events will take place as we roll out the additional cabinets/defibrillators in the coming weeks.
Driving up the A1 on a dark winters night probably isn’t everyones first choice for a midweek adventure but that is what three members of The Stephen Carey Fund did this week. Arriving at Lowick Village Hall at 7:00pm that very trio were greated by a car park full of vehicles and and a hall nearly as full.
No sooner had they walked through the door were they hands on helping the locals put out more seating as a steady flow of the Lowick faithful made their way into the hall. Over 45 had turned out for the defibrillator induction session, once again kindly run by Alex Wheeler of the North East Ambulance Service, and this was a crowd eager to listen and learn.
Alex kindly introduced Scott and Dougie McEwan to the audience and without futher ado took everyone through the DRs ABC routine and onto how to use a defibrillator.
Approximately two hours later the session was concluded with a round of applause from the grateful people of Lowick who themselves should be once again commended for the turnout and enthusiasm for the evening.
The public access defibrillator which was installed over Christmas at the village shop is now combined with a sizeable portion of the community who have now seen how easy these devices are to use whether you are young or old.
If any other communities would like to join Lowick and have their own public access defibrillator please contact David Wilson on 07855 833730 or complete the contact form below:
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.