Local MP Tom Brake has backed The Oliver King Foundation’s campaign to see the introduction of defibrillators in local schools, sports centres and other public places.
The Oliver King Foundation was set up by Mark King, father of 12 year old Oliver King. Despite the best efforts of staff, Oliver died following a cardiac arrest, linked to a condition known as SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome), while taking part in a swimming race at school. Mark believes had there been a defibrillator at the poolside, Oliver would still be alive today. So far, the Foundation has placed over 450 defibrillators in public places nationwide and provided the relevant training for staff.
Tom said: “the time between a person suffering a cardiac arrest and a paramedic arriving with a defibrillator can, and tragically has, made the difference between life and death. If we can reduce this wait and increase the chance of survival then we must.”
Tom joins an ever-growing list of high-profile supporters of The Oliver King Foundation including; Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Steve Redgrave C.B.E. and Stephen Fry.
For more information about The Oliver King Foundation visit www.theoliverkingfoundation.co.uk.