Fund to remember talented footballer buys two defibrillators

Shilbottle gets training from NEAS

Villagers have been given a  demonstration on how to use a piece of life-saving equipment, which has been purchased by a memorial fund launched following the death of a talented amateur footballer.

Stephen Carey collapsed and died after suffering a heart attack while playing for Alnmouth FC.

NEAS's Alex Wheeler, Community Resuscitation Officer, and Paul Brolly, First Responder Coordinator, attended the session at Shilbottle Sports and Social Club, where locals were given information about the community's new defibrillator.

Through donations, The Stephen Carey Fund has been able to purchase two of the machines.

The defibrillator gives easy-to-understand visual and voice prompts to guide the user through treating a patient who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

One is to be sited by Shilbottle's chemist and the other will be located at Alnwick Cricket Club.

Clive Setter, of AED Locator, which supplied the equipment, said: "This is a top-of-the-range defibrillator.

"Without a defibrillator and good CPR, there is about a three or four per cent chance of survival. But with a defibrillator and good CPR, and by getting to the patient within seven or eight minutes, then you can get a 50 to 70 per cent success rate."

NEAS will be running familiarisation sessions later in the summer.

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