About The Oliver
King Foundation

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.

About Us

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.

How You Can Help


We are always looking for passionate motivated volunteers to help with our fundraising activities.


As a registered charity, we welcome donations of any amount. Would your organisation help raise vital funds?


Sponsorships are crucial as they enable the provision of defibrillators, training, and ultimately saving lives.

What Are We Doing?

We provide training in defibrillator awareness, and in first aid. To date we have placed 5,900 defibrillators in schools and organisations across the UK. The Oliver King Foundation has travelled around the country from the Outer Hebrides to Portsmouth, training 135,000 staff in defibrillator awareness along the way. We are aware of 71+ lives being saved by the defibrillators we have placed.

Advocating Defibrillator Access

We have continually worked with numerous Parliamentarians to ensure defibrillators are widely available. We started the ball rolling in 2013 with phenomenal success. We presented our e petition with over 110,000 signatures which led to a debate in the House of Parliament, various prominent MPs endorsed our work.

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.

Increased Access Of Defibrillators

Accessible Defibrillators In Every School

Providing ECG Tests

Heart Rescue Awareness

Empowering Every School

Our biggest and proudest achievement has been our Meeting in March 2022 with Secretary of State for Education Nadim Zahawi. Every school in England are now receiving a defibrillator.

Our aim now is to open our own ECG testing centre. All our demanding work acts as a legacy for 12-year-old Oliver King. We have some ambitious plans for the next 12 months, so keep an eye out on our social media.