The committee of The Stephen Carey Fund undertook a spot of training earlier last month in order to progress the training they themselves are able to present to communities and organisations.
Adrian Brown of Rapid Reaction kindly donated his and his firms time to carry out the training session and subsequent assessment in conjunction with Leisure Force who organised and issued the certificates. Both organisations waived all charges for the training and accreditation with Adrian Brown stating “What The Stephen Carey Fund has undertaken and is delivering in Northumberland will simply save lives and we just wanted to make a contribution in our own way to their cause.”
This latest training when combined with the Heart Start Instructors course the committee successfully completed in 2013 now means that the team can now deliver Emergency Life Saving training from first encounter with a patient through to utilising a defibrillator.
Scott McEwan, Chairman of The Stephen Carey Fund said “Having now completed both assessments we are able to take on a more proactive role in that not only can we install the public access defibrillators ourselves but we are able to now deliver the public familiarisation sessions which up until now had to be carried out by the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS)” and went on to say “we can’t thank enough Adrian and his team from Rapid Reaction and also the generosity from Leisure Force for their help and also NEAS for sanctioning the committee to deliver the installation awareness training for the future”.
The committee of The Stephen Carey Fund at a recent meeting agreed that whilst we had all privately thanked those who have helped us achieve the things we have to date that we needed to give those individuals and organisations a shout out so that they gain the public recognition they deserve.
Without Rapid Reaction we probably would be as far ahead as we are with our plans. This company within minutes gave us details of the people we needed to be connecting with, who to talk to about what and how they could help – from the very early days this gave us an immense springboard to reach out to so many of those who have since gone on to help us make the fund what it is today.
The team from NEAS have supported our early efforts, helping educate us with the rudiments of first aid and life saving skills. They have been a key part of our role outs of the defibrillators into the various communities with several awareness courses over the past months. They have assisted us in becoming qualified to deliver Heartstart Training, a key goal of the fund. They have put us in touch with similar minded organisations so that we may form working partnerships which will in time strengthen us as individual groups and also as a collective making our efforts even more wide reaching and effective.
Firstly a huge thank you to James and Ryan, employees of Pickard Electricals Ltd, who volunteered their own time with the offer to help fit all the defibrillators for the fund. Secondly to Neil Pickard who stepped in to provide assistance to the fund and to support his employees in their efforts.
Davidson & Son
This Alnwick based electrical wholesaler has kindly offered to provide all the wiring required for the installation of our defibrillators completely free of charge.
The Farriers Arms, Shilbottle
A mention for Liz Wallace who permits us to frequently ramble on for hours in her pub whilst we create, discuss and review the strategies of the fund.
There are many other individuals and organisations who have helped us to date and will do so into the future and we will be giving them a shout out in due course. It goes without saying that all involved with The Stephen Carey Fund thank each and every one of you greatly for the support that you have provided.