I would be most grateful if you could support me in my quest to run the Berlin Half Marathon in aid of the Stephen Carey Fund. The fund was set up in 2013 following the sudden and tragic death of Stephen Carey. He was only 21 years old when he died, whilst playing football in a local Northumberland League. Stephen had an undiagnosed heart condition.
This cause is dear to me because I also had an undiagnosed heart condition which was discovered in 1995 when I was 25 years old. I collapsed one evening at home following a 5 mile run. I'd suffered a stroke which was attributed to an Atrial Septal Defect (Hole in the Heart). I was very fortunate. I had corrective surgery at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle which today allows me to do the thing I love - run!
The funds raised through this event will be used to provide the local community with vital life saving skills and equipment, including Public Access Defibrillators, first aid kits and appropriate training. My target is to raise £500 but ideally I'd like to raise enough to buy one defibrillator which is approximately £1000. Any donation, big or small will be most welcome and very much appreciated.
The Stephen Carey Fund was officially formed in 2013 following the tragic death
of Stephen Carey, a man of 21 who died suddenly with an undiagnosed heart
condition, whilst playing football for his local football team. His friends and
family set up the fund with the goal of improving life saving skills and
equipment throughout the region. The funds main goals are to install Public
Access Defibrillators (PADs) across the region and provide community
organisations with first aid kits and appropriate training.