Created: 12 February 2018
Andrew joined a cross-party group of MPs for the launch of the Oliver King Foundation’s National Campaign for every school across the country to have access to a lifesaving Defibrillator by 2020.
The Oliver King Foundation was set up after 12-year-old Oliver King tragically died from a sudden cardiac arrest in March 2011 during a swimming lesson at school. The Foundation has set a target for every school to have a lifesaving Defibrillator.
To achieve this, the Foundation will continue to work closely with the Department for Education and Government, develop their Defibrillator Champions initiative, and work to secure the support of Teacher Unions, Headteacher Forums and Councillors across the country. The Foundation is calling for parents, teachers and local communities to support the campaign.
Andrew said, “I was delighted to attend the launch of the Oliver King Foundation’s defibrillator campaign at Number 10. Along with early CPR, quick access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death. Each minute that passes without defibrillation reduces someone’s chances of survival by up to 10 percent.
"This is why I have raised money for defibrillators and training in many schools in my constituency, and why I now support The Oliver King Foundation's National Campaign for a lifesaving defibrillator in every school.”