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Steve Rotheram MP pledges his support to the OK Foundation

(October 19, 2016)

Defibrillator Champions - Steve Rotheram

 

MP for Liverpool Walton, Steve Rotheram, has committed his support to the Oliver King Foundation and joins a number of MPs as a Debifrillator Champion.

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 Steve Rotheram MP visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster to show support.

The Oliver King Foundation was setup following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during a swimming race at school. Sadly 12 young people die as a result of this cause every week.

In 2012 footballer Fabrice Muamba was shocked 16 times by a lifesaving defibrillator in front of the nation.

Early access to a defibrillator is vital. For every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10%.

Speak at the launch of the event Steve Rotheram MP said:

“Back in 2013 I hosted a Westminster Hall Debate on behalf of the OK Foundation, highlighting the series issue of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). Since then the OK Foundation has continued it's incredible work to educate and raise awareness of the condition and calling for the introduction of Debribillators in every public building.

It is vital that we take action to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved and I will continue my support the OK Foundation as a Defibrillator Champion.”

Jake Morrison, Chief Executive of The Oliver King Foundation said:

“We are delighted that Steve Rotheram MP has signed up as a Defibrillator Champion. It is important that we spread awareness of the vital need for this equipment in our communities. Our Members of Parliament have a great platform and connection in their constituencies to spread this message.

We look forward to working with Steve and saving lives for years to come.”

Mark King, father of 12-year-old Oliver King who died from a sudden cardiac arrest said:

“5 years ago when my son Oliver passed away from this hidden heart condition, we didn’t know that his legacy would reach this far. We are determined to save as many young lives as possible, so that no other family has to suffer a similar loss to that of ours.”

 

For more information please contact The Oliver King Foundation on 01517283470 or email info@theoliverkingfoundation.co.uk

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