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Issue:- Thursday, 04 November 2016

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North west cerebral palsy charity receives lifesaving donation

Photo caption for SAM 6829: Barbara Travis from Sysco Group, Mark King from the Oliver King Foundation, Sarah Smithson, operations manager at Stick ‘n’ Step, Val Coe, Cheryl Bradley, Rhys Griffiths, Nicola Meaney and Max Meaney.

NORTH West charity Stick 'n' Step has recently received a lifesaving defibrillator from the Oliver King Foundation, a Liverpool-based charity which aims to install defibrillators in locations throughout the UK. Mark and Joanne King founded the charity following the unexpected death of their 12 year old son Oliver. They work in his memory to create a legacy that will save lives from cardiac arrest across the country.

The team at Stick 'n' Step received full training in the use of the defibrillator and have received a certificate confirming they have undergone the course. Following the Stick 'n' Step's team training, the defibrillator itself arrived at the charity's Wallasey Centre, presented by Mark himself. On the morning of his visit, the charity invited the parents of the children who were attending that particular session to listen to Mark's informative chat about why the foundation was set up and the huge benefits having a defibrillator on site can make. As part of his ongoing campaign, Mark is currently lobbying members of parliament to ensure there is a defibrillator machine in every school, play centre and other community buildings. So far the foundation has given out just over 1,000 defibrillators. A cardiac arrest emergency could happen to anyone and the ready availability of defibrillators in public spaces and buildings is seen as a vital part of making sure that other people don't go through what they have had to endure. Mark travels all across the UK, delivering defibrillators to schools and organisations. He also speaks to students and staff about the importance of this equipment.

Mark King was very pleased to be able to deliver the defibrillator to the charity:- "Stick 'n' Step is doing a tremendous job with the children and I wanted to be able to contribute to the centre's ongoing success. I'd like to see a defibrillator in every public place and I'll continue to campaign for this measure. We're getting there slowly and the more defibrillators we can get out there, the more lives we can save."

Sarah Smithson, operations manager at Stick 'n' Step, is delighted the centre has received the defibrillator:- "A defibrillator is seen as such a vital piece of equipment these days. We've all heard stories of how they can be the difference between someone surviving or succumbing to cardiac arrest. Here at the centre, it's as much peace of mind as anything else, knowing that in the rare event of something happening to someone while at the centre, we have the facility to treat them on site instantly."

Stick 'n' Step provides support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families. The charity works with over 70 children, allowing the children to gain the skills they need to live independent lives through conductive education sessions. The specialist sessions are provided free of charge to the families by Stick 'n' Step. For more information about Stick 'n' Step and how you can help, visit:- StickNStep.Org  or call:- 0151 638 0888. If you would like more information on the Oliver King Foundation or how a defibrillator can make a difference you can contact the Foundation via email, or call:- 0151 728 3470.

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