Providing Training and a Defibrillator to a School

Carefoot Construction Manager Bob Miller is a fully qualified referee and he is also treasurer and one of the coaches of Rainhill Rocket Football Club, close to his home in Prescot.

The football club were raising money for a defibrillator and made contact with local man Mark King, who had set up a charity called The Oliver King Foundation, in honour of his son.

Oliver went to school as normal one day but tragically died of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS), during a swimming lesson. This was not only a tragedy for Oliver and all his family, but a great loss for society, as Oliver was bright, popular and a keen and talented sportsman.

Mark decided to raise the awareness of this illness and has dedicated his time to raising money and providing defibrillators to those schools without this life saving piece of equipment.

Whilst carrying out the works at The Ferns Primary Academy; a new build and refurbishment project we are carrying out for Bolton Council, we discovered that the school did not have a defibrillator.

We therefore decided to support the Oliver King Foundation and between Carefoots and some of our subcontractors, we raised enough money to buy a defibrillator for The Ferns.

Included in the cost of the defibrillator was a training session in the use of the defibrillator for 12 people.

Staff from the school, our Site Manager Paul Cheers and subcontractor staff attended the training session over one afternoon in the newly built dining hall.

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