Search

View from the House: Join the campaign for defibrillators in all schools

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 February 2018

Iain Duncan Smith. Picture: PA

Iain Duncan Smith. Picture: PA

PA Archive/PA Images

Every single year in the UK 600 die from sudden cardiac arrest. It is estimated that 270 of these deaths occur in school.

In Westminster recently, I met with The Oliver King Foundation to discuss their campaign for every school to have a lifesaving defibrillator by 2020.

The foundation was set up following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King, who died from a sudden cardiac arrest whilst at school. Since Oliver’s death, the foundation has been working to increase the provision of defibrillators in schools.

As a result of their work, the Department for Education released guidance to schools recommending that they have a defibrillator on-site. The foundation has set an ambitious target to ensure every school in the UK has a lifesaving defibrillator by 2020, when Oliver would have been 21.

To achieve this goal, the foundation has recruited Members of Parliament to be “defibrillator champions” to share information about the importance of access to defibrillators with schools in our local area.

I am proud to become a lifesaving defibrillator champion for Chingford and Woodford Green and I have written to the CEOs of Redbridge and Waltham Forest councils to urge them to take part.

I would urge anyone reading the column to ask their school to contact the charity to discuss the importance of a lifesaving defibrillator.

It is vital that we take action to prevent any loss of life and many of the 19 lives saved by defibrillators placed by the foundation have been members of staff in schools.

Latest Ilford Stories

Read our World Cup blog which will be featuring over the coming weeks. Sophie Morton reviews match two on day seven of the tournament.

06:30

Dealers are using minicabs and taxi-hailing apps to drop off drugs to young people in Redbridge.

Would your child know what to do if they were being abused?

Yesterday, 20:48

County Championship, day one: Essex (yet to bat) trail Nottinghamshire (311-6) by 311 runs

Yesterday, 17:30

Read our World Cup blog which will be featuring over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews match one on day seven of the tournament.

Yesterday, 17:09

A man has been jailed for life after stabbing his ex-girlfriend 19 times on the street outside her Seven Kings home in a “frenzied attack” fuelled by jealousy.

Yesterday, 16:00

The Highfield Road club didn’t need Nick Browne on Saturday as their openers chased down 233 with minimum fuss

Yesterday, 15:51

NBA returns to the capital for a ninth regular-season game

PROMOTED CONTENT

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now