Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster to show support for their Restart a Heart campaign day.
The Oliver King Foundation was set up following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, to raise awareness about the need for defibrillators in public places. Jeff signed up to become a Defibrillator Champion at the event, pledging to work with his local community in Manchester Withington to place defibrillators in schools, parks, libraries and elsewhere.
Jeff said: “For every minute that passes following a cardiac arrest, the chances of survival decrease by 10% so this campaign to raise awareness of the difference defibrillators can make is very important.
I am pleased to become a Defibrillator Champion and I’m looking forward to supporting local schools in my constituency to fundraise and get lifesaving defibrillators in our area.”
Jake Morrison, Chief Executive of The Oliver King Foundation said: “We are delighted that Jeff Smith has signed up as a Defibrillator Champion. 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 Jeff and saving lives for years to come.”
For more information please contact The Oliver King Foundation on 01517283470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org