Jamie Carragher has spoken of his hopes for the Oliver King Foundation after a ‘refreshing’ assembly with the Schooling Secretary.
Jamie and Mark King from the Oliver King Foundation meet with Nadhim Zahawi on Thursday, March 17 to debate how they’d guarantee each college within the nation has a life-saving defibrillator. The Oliver King Foundation was based in 2012 after Mark’s son Oliver died throughout a swimming race at college.
Oliver was simply 12 when he died from Sudden Arrhythmic Loss of life Syndrome, a hidden coronary heart situation which kills 12 younger individuals per week. Oliver’s mother and father have been campaigning for a change within the legislation to make defibrillators necessary in all faculties, with greater than 60 lives being saved due to the charity’s work up to now.
Jamie acquired concerned with the inspiration round 5 years in the past when Mark was delivering a defibrillator to his fitness center. They’ve since been working collectively on attempting to avoid wasting as many lives as potential.
Jamie stated the Secretary of State for Schooling confirmed a “keen interest” in Oliver and Mark’s story, and defined it was “refreshing” to see.
Jamie instructed The ECHO “It was really positive, it wasn’t a case of us having to sort of argue our case when we went into the room. The feeling in the room as soon as we sat down with Nadhim and a few of his team, straight away it was almost like, yep we are delivering this, lets all work together.
“So the precise assembly and dialog was extra about really how we will ship this, how we will work collectively to make this work, somewhat than us having to foyer in any means. It was unbelievable for us to go in because it has gone on for a very long time since we began.
“It was refreshing to see Nadhim Zahawi and actually just get it rubber stamped. Hopefully he will deliver on his words, I’m sure he will. He came across really well and seemed as passionate as ourselves in that room.”
Over the past decade, the charity has positioned 4,500 defibrillators in faculties and organisations throughout the UK and skilled 70,000 workers throughout the nation in defibrillator consciousness.
Jamie stated: “Everytime Mark speaks to anybody, he’s always banging the drum about this situation and defibrillators. He’s always showing his passion about how important it is to get defibrillators, not just in schools, you want them everywhere basically just to help people.”
Regardless of the constructive dialog at this time, Jamie stated he and Mark weren’t getting their hopes up too quickly.
He stated: “I don’t think myself or Mark will be getting too carried away, he wanted to make sure these were in schools up and down this country, so hopefully no other family would have to go through what his family went through when they got that call about their own son.
“I do not assume myself and Mark would cease there. My drive is can we get these in sports activities centres, sports activities enjoying fields as there are many younger individuals enjoying sport. I feel it’s crucial we have now them right here.”
Speaking more about the future of his and Mark’s work together for the Oliver King Foundation, Jamie mentioned a pilot scheme they had tried in Saint Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Primary School.
He said: “We did a pilot scheme in Saint Robert Bellarmine’s in Bootle the place we screened a category of 20 youngsters and I feel considered one of them had an irregular heartbeat. These youngsters who’ve which can be extra vulnerable to having a cardiac arrest, however clearly they will not know till they’ve been screened.
“So maybe that’s something we can look to do as well, so families of young people know that they may be more susceptible to it and be more educated.”