Life-saving gift for schools

Mark King, ounder of the Oliver King foundation, with Sheena Ramsey and primary school youngsters Kieran Healey, Caitlin Moore and Ella Sohl.
Mark King, ounder of the Oliver King foundation, with Sheena Ramsey and primary school youngsters Kieran Healey, Caitlin Moore and Ella Sohl.

Knowsley Council is set to provide every school in the borough with a potentially life-saving defibrillator.

The authority is set to invest £70,000 in equipment and training at all primary, secondary and special schools in Knowsley.

The move has been supported by the Oliver King Foundation, which was set up in memory of a tragic 12-year-old who sadly died of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) at his Liverpool school in March 2011.

Poignantly, Oliver’s father, Mark King, joined Knowsley Council chief executive Sheena Ramsey and Liverpool FC doctor Zaf Iqbal at the official launch.

Children then launched 61 blue balloons from the playground, with each balloon representing a Knowsley school.

Coun Graham Wright, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for children and family services, said: “I’m delighted that we are introducing defibrillators in all Knowsley schools and it is fantastic to have the support of the Oliver King Foundation.

“It is absolutely crucial that children and young people are well looked after during the school day. Having a defibrillator on site means that trained staff will be able to take swift, life-saving action in the thankfully rare event that one may be required.”

Mark King, founder of the Oliver King Foundation, said: “It is a great pleasure that The Oliver King Foundation will be working in partnership with Knowsley Borough Council.

“It’s fantastic news that Knowsley Council are ensuring that from September 2013 each school will have fully trained staff who can use a defibrillator and all schools in the borough will now have the much needed access to life saving equipment.”