Issued: March 8, 2017
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Eleanor Laing MP becomes Defibrillator Champion for Epping Forest
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has become a Defibrillator Champion for Epping Forest.
Every year in the UK 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest and fewer than one in ten survive.
Mrs Laing has visited The Oliver King Foundation in Westminster to show support her support to the campaign.
The Oliver King Foundation was set up following the death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every 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 ten per cent.
Signing up to become a Defibrillator Champion for Epping Forest, Mrs Laing said: “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 in my constituency to fundraise and get lifesaving defibrillators in our area, protecting our students, teachers and visitors whilst at school.
"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 will be delighted to work as a Defibrillator Champion, saving lives is a legacy that we can all be proud of.”
Oliver's father, Mark King, 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 about the Oliver King Foundation ring 0151 728 3470
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