At The Oliver King Foundation we are determined to save as many young lives as possible. Our aim is to ensure that no other family has to suffer a similar loss to the family of Oliver King.
The Foundation was set up in January 2012 following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King. Oliver died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, a hidden heart condition which kills 12 young people every week. Oliver attended King David High School in Liverpool and suffered a cardiac arrest whilst taking part in a swimming race. It is estimated that 270 children die every year.
What are we doing?
We provide training in defibrillator awareness and in emergency first aid. To date we have placed nearly 2000 defibrillators in schools and organisations across the UK. The Oliver King Foundation has travelled around the country – from the Outer Hebrides to Portsmouth – training around 18,000 people in emergency first aid and awareness of defibrillators along the way. We are aware of at least 16 lives being saved by the defibrillators we have placed.
We are also working with Parliamentarians to ensure defibrillators are more widely available. Our first high profile campaign was the highly successful government e-petition which received over 110,000 signatures and led to a debate in the Houses of Parliament. This action led to then Anna Soubry MP, who at the time was Public Health Minister, visiting Liverpool to launch our community public access defibrillator project. We later met with the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, who endorsed our work.
Our biggest Parliamentary achievement to date has been with the Department for Education. After our meeting with Schools Minister Lord Nash, the Government issued guidance to all schools in England and Wales recommending they have access to a lifesaving defibrillator, naming us as a stakeholder in that document. You can read this document here.
Mark King and the Foundation have also won awards for this life-saving work, including an award from former Prime Minister, David Cameron.
All of our work acts as a legacy for 12-year-old Oliver King and his family. We have some ambitious plans for the next 12 months, so keep an eye out on this website and on our social media channels to find out more.