Pupils write to PM for sake of Oliver; CITY CHILDREN ASK FOR ALL SCHOOLS TO BE GIVEN DEFIBRILLATORS.
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MERSEYSIDE schoolchildren wrote heartfelt letters to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to require all schools to have access to lifesaving defibrillators.
The letters were penned following the fifth anniversary of the death of tragic Liverpool schoolboy Oliver King, which led to the foundation of the charity which bears his name.
More than 500 letters were delivered to the door of No 10 Downing Street today by Oliver's dad Mark King, and charity manager and former Liverpool city councillor Jake Morrison.
Oliver, 12, suffered a fatal heart failure moments after winning a swimming race at King David High School in Childwall on March 2, 2011.
The Oliver King Foundation was set up later that year and the charity has since installed 800 defibrillators in public buildings.
The devices are also now in every Merseyside school.
But the Foundation's longterm aim is to make it compulsory for defibrillators to be installed in every public building in order to give vital life-saving aid to people who suffer heart failure.
Mark King said: "We won't stop until this is legislation. We will continue to lobby the government and anyone who will listen to put the case forward for this vital law.
"We want to highlight to the Prime Minister that we need to get defibrillators in all public buildings and schools. When you see a fire extinguisher in a public building, there should also be a defibrillator above it.
"As well as delivering the letters, we are asking him to have a sit-down meeting with the foundation."
So far eight of the charity's defibrillators - all hand-delivered by Oliver's dad - have been used, saving the lives of cardiac arrest victims ranging from four years old to 64.
Former city councillor Jake Morrison (left) with Oliver's dad Mark King