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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek supports The Oliver King Foundation's Campaign to install defibrillators in schools

09 Aug 2012

Derek is supporting the installation of defibrillators in schools and other public buildings after meeting up with representatives of The Oliver King Foundation during an event at The Bankfield School on Wednesday 08 August.  Accepting the invitation to visit from the School's Vice Chair Albie Williamson, Derek met with Mark King, who helped set up the Foundation after his son Oliver from Wavertree in Liverpool died aged 12 from Sudden Arrhythymic Death Syndrome (SADS).

Derek said:

"I was pleased to meet The Oliver King Foundation representatives and hear about their good work in raising awareness of SADS - I was surprised to learn that 12 young people die every week in the UK from SADS.  With the medical condition commonly affecting young people aged 12-35, I've pledged to support their campaign calling on the Government to install defibrillators in all public buildings by 2017, with appropriate training for staff, and offering all people in that age category a simple ECG test to detect the condition.

I would encourage others to support the campaign and sign the e-petition at

The Foundation aims to boost awareness of SADS through its fundraising events and major PR drives so that this first step towards preventative measures being freely available can be secured. The Liverpool-based charity is striving to ensure that local schools across the Merseyside and Cheshire area get the equipment they need to support young people affected by this condition, and the long-term vision for the Foundation is to ensure that the North West and the UK as a whole are more aware of and better equipped to deal with SADS.

Further information about The Oliver King Foundation can be found at:



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