Dame Rosie Winterton MP joins the Oliver King Foundation to unveil a defibrillator at Woodfield Primary School in Doncaster who have joined a campaign to save lives and has been presented with a lifesaving defibrillator from The Oliver King Foundation.
Following a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of defibrillators, particularly in schools, public places and sports facilities, the Oliver King Foundation has visited the Doncaster school to
present them with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which will ensure all pupils have the best chance of survival in the event of a cardiac arrest.
The Oliver King Foundation was set up in 2012 following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King after he suffered a cardiac arrest whilst at school in Liverpool in 2011. An ambulance took over twenty minutes to arrive at the scene, and with the chances of survival dropping 10% with every passing minute, Oliver had no chance. It is universally acknowledged that defibrillators ensure the best chance of survival and The Oliver King Foundation agree that if a defibrillator had been available when he suffered a cardiac arrest there is a good chance he would still be here today. The day after the unveiling would have been Oliver’s 18th birthday.
In October last year, The Oliver King Foundation launched Defibrillator Champions, where they received a great deal of support and met with around 200 MPs in Parliament, including Dame Rosie, to brief them on their story, campaigns and aims and encouraged them to write to all schools in their constituencies to advise on the importance of defibrillators in schools. As it stands, twelve young people die from cardiac arrest every week in the UK.
During her visit to the school, Dame Rosie said: “Having met with the Oliver King Foundation in Parliament in November last year, I agreed to be a Defibrillator Champion and wrote to schools in my constituency to raise awareness of the importance of defibrillators in schools. Lifesaving defibrillators can help to protect students, teachers, staff and visitors to the school and I was therefore delighted to hear from Woodfield Primary School that they had decided to install a defibrillator.
It is poignant that the unveiling falls on the day before what would have been Oliver’s 18th birthday and I am very pleased to be here today, and I want to thank the Oliver King Foundation for all the work they do in Oliver’s memory.”
Upon unveiling the defibrillator, Mark King, Oliver’s father and founder of the foundation, said “It’s a pleasure to come to Woodfield Primary School in Doncaster today to present them with a new defibrillator and meet with the Head Teacher and staff, as well as the pupils so they can learn about Oliver’s story and the importance of defibrillators in schools. I am hopeful that the unveiling today will help spread the word about the importance of this equipment in South Yorkshire”.