Fund unveils a milestone defibrillator

A life-saving memorial charity has installed its 100th defibrillator.

Saturday, 10th June 2017, 08:06 am
The golden defibrillator cabinet and plaque on the wall of The Farriers Arms, Shilbottle.

The Stephen Carey Fund celebrated the milestone at The Farriers Arms in Shilbottle on Saturday.

To honour the century, the defibrillator is kept in a specially-decorated golden cabinet, mounted onto the pub’s wall. There is also a plaque to commemorate the milestone.

The namesake charity was started in 2013 in memory of the 21-year-old from Alnmouth who collapsed and tragically died while playing football in July 2012.

It was later revealed that the talented midfielder had an undiagnosed heart condition and this was likely to have been triggered during the exertions of the match.

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Since forming, the Fund has carried out important work in Stephen’s name, offering vital first-aid training and installing defibrillators in communities throughout Northumberland.

Locations include Berwick Youth Project, The Grove School, Spittal Bowling Club, Goswick Golf Club, Horncliffe, Norham, Cornhill, Lowick, Belford, Ford, Etal, Milfield, Wooler, Haggerston, Holy Island, Waren Mill, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Lucker and Chathill.

Two lives have been saved as a result of the charity’s efforts.

A Fund spokesman said: “The installation of our 100th defibrillator in Northumberland is a special achievement and it is a wonderful and fitting memorial to Stephen.

“It was brilliant to see so many people turn up to help us dedicate this defibrillator in Stephen’s memory and we would like to say a massive thank-you to all those who have supported us along the way and helped us achieve what we have – it would not have been possible without this help.”