Council in favour of life-saving kit

A VITAL piece of life-saving equipment is set to be installed in Hadston, East Chevington parish councillors have agreed.

At a recent meeting, members were unanimously in favour of working with The Stephen Carey Fund, set-up in memory of a grassroots footballer, to place a defibrillator at Hadston House.

Coming with a CPR advisor, the top-of-the-range kit gives easy-to-understand visual and voice prompts to guide the user through the entire process.

The defibrillator, which sends a shock to the heart when someone is having cardiac arrest, would be kept in a public-access cabinet.

Parish council chairman Coun Scott Dickinson said: “I am absolutely delighted that the council decided that it wants to install a defibrillator.

“We have a very active sporting population in the area and it will be a great benefit to the community, although I hope it will never need to be used.

“Anything that can be placed in the community that can perhaps save a life can only be a good thing.”

Members agreed to go ahead with the defibrillator after hearing from Fund representatives at Monday’s meeting.

The Fund was set up last year in honour of Alnmouth footballer Stephen Carey, 21, who collapsed and died while playing a match in July 2012.

The aim of the initiative was to try to prevent similar tragedies and defibrillators have been unveiled in Alnwick, Shilbottle and at Hipsburn First School.

Dougie McEwan, of the Fund, told members that Hadston was an area that the Fund wanted to put a defibrillator into.

He said that if the parish council purchased the protective case, the Fund would be happy to buy the defibrillator.

Councillors were told that sessions would be held to teach the community how to use the equipment. Local schools would also be visited.