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 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 69+ lives being saved by the defibrillators we have placed.
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.
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.