tom-brakeAs part of European ‘Restart a Heart Day’, Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake visited the Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster on Monday to sign up to become a Defibrillator Champion.

Every single year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 survive. It’s time to take action.

The Oliver King Foundation was set up following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest.  Cardiac arrests kill 12 young people every single week. Oliver was winning a swimming race at school.

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%.

Signing up to become a Defibrillator Champion for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom said:

“I am proud to become a lifesaving Defibrillator Champion. It is vital that we take action to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved. I will be working with local schools to fundraise and get lifesaving defibrillators in our area, protecting our pupils, students, staff and visitors whilst at school.

It was very interesting to hear from the Foundation about how many lives have been saved, including a caretaker at a school who had only received the defibrillator two weeks earlier.

I will be delighted to work with the Foundation, saving lives is a legacy that we can all be proud of.”

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

“We are delighted that Tom Brake 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 Tom and saving lives for years to come.”

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

“Five 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