AN ELLESMERE Port primary school is now equipped with a defibrillator following the tragic death of a Liverpool schoolboy.
Oliver King was just 12 years old when he died of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) while in the swimming pool at King David High School in March 2011.
His death, which his family believe could have been prevented if a defibrillator had been available, spurred a major campaign to see the devices installed in all Liverpool primary schools.
The Oliver King Foundation, set up by the youngster’s father, aims to get the Government to install defibrillators in all public buildings by 2017, as well as ECG scans for all 14 to 35-year-olds.
And now St Mary of the Angels Primary School in Little Sutton has its own new defibrillator thanks to donations from local organisations including Unilever Port Sunlight and Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (EPNAVCO).
Headteacher Rob Hughes said: “Oliver’s death was a tragedy and we want to do all we can to raise awareness of SADS and prevent as many deaths as we can.
“There are no warning signs and it could happen to anyone’s child.
“If this machine saves one child’s life it will have been a good investment of time and money.
“We have had invaluable support from our local companies.
“One of the parents approached the kind people at the Port Sunlight workplace and they were only too pleased to donate £500 toward the cost of the defibrillator, and EPNAVCO were also delighted to be off assistance, as were Unilever.”
Mr Hughes added: “Our school is at the heart of the community and this equipment will be of benefit to us all.
“Our school staff will be trained on how to use the defibrillators over the next couple of weeks.
“Hopefully we will never have to use it; but what a fantastic resource, to keep us all safer.”