Three Years On – The Legacy Grows

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Stephen Carey on the ball for Alnmouth Football Club

Today marks the third anniversary of the tragic death of Stephen Carey.

Today is a time for family and friends to reflect on the time they spent with Stephen and also how he has been remembered.

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Golfers Swing Into Action For Charity

The Stephen Carey Fund Golf Day
Golfers gather at Alnwick Castle Golf Club prior to tee off

Local golfers gathered at Alnwick Castle Golf Club on Saturday 10th August to take part in a ‘Texas Scramble’ charity match in aid of The Stephen Carey Fund.

Organised by Shilbottle man Geordie Brown a total of 47 entrants each made donations to the fund in order to play in the tournament with additional monies also being raised by hole sponsorships.

Almost perfect weather saw the various teams tee off shortly after 2:00pm and several hours later with all the teams safely back at the club house the winning team was announced:

Winners: S Toole, D Sordy, T Fairfax and M Hodgson

Total monies raised for The Stephen Carey Fund from the event is £1,049.75 and Dougie McEwan, on behalf of the fund, said ‘this event has exceeded our expectations, we simply didn’t expect this many entrants and completely underestimated the enthusiasm to play in the tournament.  We can’t thank enough the organisers, entrants and Alnwick Castle Golf Club for making this event was it was’.

Alnmouth Family Fun Day 2013

Members of The Stephen Carey Fund were delighted to play their small part in helping make this first fun day in Alnmouth a success.

The weather was kind with the sun shining and only a stiff breeze to contend with which soon faded.  It wasn’t long before the car park began to fill and the public meandered their way around the various stalls and activities, the kids loved the tea cups whilst the adults found comfort in the ‘beer cups’.

Pleasing was how busy the emergency services displays were with the North East Ambulance Service team rarely having a few minutes to themselves and both kids and adults interested to look around the fire engines that took turns on the show field.

The Tug Of War proved to be the crowd puller to mark the end of the organised events in the early evening and the with the hog roast firing up the beer tent became the social gathering point as everyone basked in the fantastic weather.

Everyone left with smiles and stories to tell, a great first year for the Alnmouth community.

Details of the monies raised for all organisations will be revealed later this week.

The Stephen Carey Fund on Lionheart Radio

On Saturday 27th July our own David Wilson met Richard Dale of Lionheart Radio and they chatted about the progress of The Stephen Carey Fund since its inception, for anyone who missed the show or is unable to tune into the station here is your chance to listen to the interview.

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Initial First Aid Training Sessions A Huge Success

The first sessions of First Aid Training for local football teams have already taken place and been heralded by those attending as a great success.

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First Aid Training Session held on 8th July 2013


In the first session, held on Monday 8th July at The Farriers Arms in Shilbottle, representatives from the following teams received their first aid training and free first aid kits:

  • Alnwick Town (Paul Yeadon & Brian Brooks)
  • Embleton (Joe Slightholm, Paul Carss & Darren Gregory)
  • Amble St Cuthberts (Sam Palin)
  • North End Trap (Craig Keen & Keith Morley)
  • Amble Dock (Ethan Mille & Colin Mille)
  • Longhoughton (Paul Grisdale)
  • Alnwick Town Reserves (Stephen Mullen)
  • Hedgeley Rovers (Richard Johnson, Richard Binks & Vanessa Strand)
  • Craster Rovers (Barry Armstrong & Richard Straughan)
  • Amble Tavern (Chris Graham & Mark Mowatt)
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First Aid Training held on 15th July 2013

In the second session, held at Craik Park on 15th July, a further 4 teams benefited from the training and free kits:

  • Bedlington Barrington Arms (Luke Mole & David Scott)
  • Lynemouth (David Shepard & Sean Straker)
  • Morpeth Town (Andy Wright, Miles Callum & Kyle Richardson)
  • Warton Arms Bedlington (Tony Armitage & Cole Moscrop)

Fund’s First Defibrillator Unveiled

The Stephen Carey Fund
Members of Stephen Carey’s family, representatives from Shilbottle Parish Council and North East Ambulance Service unveil the first defibrillator for the fund.

The Stephen Carey Fund are delighted to announce that their first public access defibrillator is now live.  The unit which has been installed on the exterior of the K-Chem Pharmacy on Grange Road in Shilbottle is a top of the range Heartsine 500P and was unveiled at 2:00pm this afternoon in front a group of gathered locals from the village.

To present the unit to Shilbottle Parish Council were committee members of The Stephen Carey Fund and also members of Stephen’s family.  Representatives from the North East Ambulance Service who brought along one of their fast reponse vehicles and allowed locals to try their hand at CPR on a ‘Little Anne’ as well as get hands on with a training version of a defibrillator.  Parish Council Chairman Tom Scott said “This defibrillator is truly a great asset for the village but one I hope that we will never have to use”.

Dougie McEwan, of The Stephen Carey Fund, reiterated that “this is a community project and we are delighted with the response we have seen from local people and organisations, the parish council and schools as well as local businesses have all been extremely receptive to our approaches and we truly feel that this achievement is not down to just the fund but to the collective community”.  Dougie later went on to explain that the fund were in the process of putting the final arrangements in place for the second defibrillator which is to be sited at Alnwick Cricket Club and is likely to be unveiled towards the end of July.

The North East Ambulance Service will be running awareness/training courses within the village in the coming weeks and months details of which will published on The Stephen Carey Fund website as well as local parish magazines and publications.

The Stephen Carey Fund present donation to Aidan Jackowiak Smith

The Stephen Carey Fund & Aidan Jackowiak Smith
Committee members of The Stephen Carey Fund present a cheque for £370 to Aidan Jackowiak Smith (left to right: Bryan Shendon, Victoria Jackowiak, Aidan Jackowiak Smith, Karl Smith, Stephen Shendon and Scott McEwan)

The committee of The Stephen Carey fund met with the parents of young Aidan Jackowiak Smith from Shilbottle this evening to present Aidan with a cheque for £370 following fundraising efforts held within the village on 29th August.

A football match between Old’uns and Young’uns took place in the afternoon which all players making a donation to take part. This was followed by a live music event, held at The Farriers Arms, featuring two local bands The Distorted and NE66. Overall the events raised a total of £740 which was split evenly between The Stephen Carey Fund and the family of Aidan Smith.

The monies will assist in the ongoing travelling costs for Victoria and Karl incurred with regular visits to Great Ormond Street Hospital, Karl said “The way the community has pulled together to support us is truly fantastic”.