Dame Rosie Winterton MP Joins Campaign to save lives

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04 Nov 2016


Every single year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 survive. As part of European Restart a Heart Day, Dame Rosie Winterton MP visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster to show support.  

The Oliver King Foundation setup following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every single week.  Oliver was winning a swimming race at school.  Early access to a defibrillator is vital. For every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10%.  

Signing up to become a Defibrillator Champion for Doncaster Central, Rosie said: “It was interesting to hear from the Foundation about how many lives have been saved, including a caretaker at a school who had only received the defibrillator two weeks earlier. 

It is vital that we take action to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved and I will be writing to local schools in my constituency about how lifesaving defibrillators can help in protecting students, teachers and visitors whilst at school. 

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Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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