Steve Brine backs defibrillator campaign

Steve Brine took part in Restart a Heart Day in Parliament in October as he visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event.

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.

Steve Brine said: "Every single year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 survive, and early access to a defibrillator is vital, because for every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10%.

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

Jake Morrison, Chief Executive of The Oliver King Foundation said: "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 Steve and saving lives for years to come."

Mark King, father of Oliver, 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."

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