A WARRINGTON girls’ football team have been given a defibrillator to take with them to home and away matches around the north west.

Members of Whittle Hall Rangers U14s girls’ team received the life-saving donation at their annual presentation evening last Friday night by Mark King, who set up the Oliver King Foundation in 2012 following the sudden death of his son Oliver.

Oliver passed away at the age of 12 after suffering from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome – a hidden heart condition which kills 12 young people every week.

Oliver, who was a pupil at King David High School in Liverpool, suffered a cardiac arrest while taking part in a swimming race.

The Oliver King Foundation provides training in defibrillator awareness and in first aid having placed 6,000 life-saving machines in schools and organisations across the UK, training 145,000 volunteers and saving the lives of 70 people.

Mark and the foundation successfully campaigned to have a defibrillator in every school in the UK last year, with 22,000 being installed before the end of the current school year.