The Hexham Courant has joined forces with The Stephen Carey Fund to launch a campaign to increase the number of community Public Access Defibrillators (cPAD's) within the Tyne Valley.

Cardiac Arrest is responsible for the deaths of approximately 100,000 individuals in the UK each year making it one of the leading causes of death.  There are no symptoms and the minutes following a Cardiac Arrest are vital as a casualties chances of survival diminish by 7-10% per minute.  CPR alone is only successful in 5% of cases but when combined with use of a defibrillator and followed by rapid professional medical care the chances of surviving a Cardiac Arrest is circa 75%.

The Stephen Carey Fund was launched in February 2013 following the tragic death of 21 year old Stephen Carey who collapsed whilst playing football for Alnmouth Football Club.  At the time of launching the Hexham Courant - Heart Of Gold Campaign the charity has installed in excess of 35 defibrillators throughout Northumberland and had already begun to venture into the Tyne Valley with installations at Stocksfield and Riding Mill respectively.

The charity is run by a unpaid volunteers so every penny raised in this campaign will go towards the provision of more cPAD's for the Tyne Valley. Should the target of £10,000 be attained then this would equate to 5/6 installations.

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Thank you for taking the time to read our plea and also in anticipation of your support and valued donation to help reach our goal.


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The Stephen Carey Fund The Stephen Carey Fund

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.

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