AFTER nine months of fundraising, led by their mini and junior section, Liverpool St Helens Rugby Club took receipt of a Defibrillator from Mark King, founder of the Oliver King Foundation.
Oliver, age 12, died suddenly from SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) during a school swimming lesson in 2011.
His family have campaigned ever since for defibrillators to be provided in schools and public places, believing that Oliver’s life could have been saved had the equipment been available to him.
Mark presented the defibrillator and crucially, the award of appropriate training to 12 individuals at LSH, to chief fundraisers Karen Myddelton-Jones and Paula Hamilton.
Karen praised the support of the Foundation and said: “There are now almost 200 youngsters playing here every weekend and we all simply felt that this was something we had to do.
“A big thank you to everyone who has donated and helped.”
Mark was pleased with the Foundation’s latest award saying “You can’t put a price on a person’s life.
“The Foundation will continue to raise awareness and provide help to all public bodies and Sports Clubs that want it.”