What this Liverpool charity has done is remarkable – We Meet Mark King from the OK Foundation
They began in January 2012 following the sudden and tragic death of young Oliver from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, a hidden heart condition which kills 12 young people every week.
Oliver attended King David High School in Liverpool when he suffered a cardiac arrest whilst winning a swimming race. It is estimated that 270 children die every year from this hidden condition whilst at school.
Since Oliver’s tragic death his dad Mark has made it his mission to ensure all schools in Merseyside are fitted with life saving defibrillators, if one of these machines was present when Oliver fell ill it could, and more than likely would have saved his life.
His family and friends decided to focus their efforts on changing the law, after e-petitions, debates in Westminster Hall, meetings with senior Government Ministers and MPs, and get this the House of Commons will now vote on whether or not to change the law.
The OK Foundation firmly believes, having put out over 1000 defibrillators since Oliver’s death, that this lifesaving law will save lives for generations to come.
Their statement is quite clear – ‘we will not stop until every single school in the UK has access to a lifesaving defibrillator, to ensure that no other family has to suffer a similar loss to that of Oliver King.’
We met Oliver’s dad Mark at St Johns Market where he had just fitted a brand new defibrillator – watch the chat above and please donate, or help spread the word by visiting the charities website here. theokfoundation.wixsite.com/theokfoundation.
A special gala dinner is taking place on Friday 31st March at Everton Football Club’s Alex Young Suite to celebrate what would have been Ollie’s 18th birthday. Please show your support and book your tickets following the info below.