Mark Tami MP Joins Campaign to Save Lives

defibrillator-champions-mark-tamiEvery year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 survive. As part of European Restart a Heart Day, Mark Tami MP visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster to show support.

The Oliver King Foundation began following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest during a swimming race at school.


Signing up to become a Defibrillator Champion for Alyn and Deeside Mark Tami MP said:

“I am proud to become a lifesaving Defibrillator Champion for Alyn and Deeside. Early access to a defibrillator is vital. For every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10%.

“It’s shocking to think that cardiac arrests kill 12 young people every week. 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. I will be delighted to work as a Defibrillator Champion, saving lives is a legacy that we can all be proud of.”


Jake Morrison, Chief Executive of The Oliver King Foundation said:

“We are delighted that Mark Tami MP 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 Mark and saving lives for years to come.”


Mark King, father of 12-year-old Oliver King who died from a sudden cardiac arrest said:

“5 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 please contact The Oliver King Foundation on 01517283470 or email