MP joins defibrillator campaign to save lives

St Helens South and Whiston MP Marie Rimmer is backing the Oliver King Foundation’s campaign to increase the number of defibrillators across St Helens and Knowsley.

The Defibrillators (Availability) Bill was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday 15th November. The bill is due to be debated in January and Marie Rimmer has given it her full support.


Every single year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 survive. As part of European Restart a Heart Day, Marie Rimmer MP visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster to show support.


Signing up as a defibrillator champion, Marie Rimmer MP said:


“I am proud to become a lifesaving Defibrillator Champion for St Helens South and Whiston. It is vital that we take action to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved. I will be working with schools and others to get lifesaving defibrillators in our area, protecting residents of all ages in our community.


“It was 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 am delighted to be working as a Defibrillator Champion, saving lives is a legacy that we can all be proud of.”


The Oliver King Foundation was set up following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 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%.


Mark King, father of Oliver King said:


“5 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.”



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