Alnmouth family fun day raises cash for fund in memory of Stephen Carey

The community at Alnmouth organised Saturday's fun day to raise money for its football club, and also a fund set up following the death of one of its players

Children have fun in Alnmouth
Children have fun in Alnmouth

An inaugural charity family fun day at a Northumberland village has been hailed a success. The community at Alnmouth organised Saturday’s fun day to raise money for its football club, and also a fund set up following the death of one of its players.

Organisers were meeting last night to work out how much had been raised, but were delighted with how the day had gone.

The day was the idea of villagers who were then joined in the planning by members of the Stephen Carey Fund.

The fund was set up following the death of Stephen, a 21-year-old from Alnmouth, who collapsed while playing for its football team.

Stephen had suffered from a heart defect and the fund was set up by the his friend’s father and his manager at Alnmouth Football Club.

It was created was to provide medical training to officials at local non-league sides, as well as first aid equipment.

The fun day took place at Hotspur Park, Alnmouth FC’s home. Author Val McDermid, who lives in Alnmouth, opened the event.

Families had fun at the event
Families had fun at the event
 

In bright sunshine, crowds young and old enjoyed the various stalls, rides and activities on offer.

Emergency service displays proved particularly popular with fire engines and the North East Ambulance Service present.

A tug of war was another success as were a hog roast and beer tent.

Organisers were meeting last night to work out how much had been raised for the two causes.

Dave Wilson, from the Stephen Carey Fund, reported people coming to the site simply to hand over donations to his cause.

He said: “In terms of the response from the public, there was quite a few people there, the weather held out for us well.

“The stalls were quite busy, the rides were really busy.

“For a first year event, we have done really well.

“The general response was fantastic.”

Men enjoying a game of tug of war
Men enjoying a game of tug of war
 

Stephen, a Newcastle United fan who worked at Iceland in Alnwick, was playing for Alnmouth at Warkworth when he collapsed in July 2012.

The fund in his name has recently overseen the installation of its first public access defibrillators, at Stephen’s former home Shilbottle and Alnwick.

It is hoped a third could be installed at Alnmouth using money raised at the fun day.

The fund has also arranged for more than a hundred people from football clubs in the North Northumberland and Morpeth Sunday leagues to undergo FA first aid training.

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