Litherland Children sing their way to buy a defibrillator for the community

YOUNG choir singers from a Litherland school have raised enough money for a defibrillator to be placed in the town.

Children from Our Lady Queen of Peace sang in front of Tesco’s superstore throughout December in order to get donations from shoppers.

They gave the money to the Oliver King Foundation, which was formed after Oliver King passed away at the age of 12 in 2011 from an illness called Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).

The choir singers have  also been able to buy a potentially life-saving defibrillator, which will be placed at the supermarket for public use.

A presentation was held recently when Oliver King’s dad, Mark, met the children, Tesco workers and MP Peter Dowd. Staff member Samantha Lupton said: “The children from the school approached myself and James Breen the store manager and told us that they had been raising money to buy the community a defibrillator.

“They thought the best place for it to be would be at Tesco Litherland as we have approximately 21,000 customers each week and the site is on one of the busiest roads in the North West because of the docks.

“We were overwhelmed by the children’s fundraising and they should be really proud of what they have achieved.

“The school is only small with approximately 130 children. We have worked with the school with them when they  came into store for Farm to Fork store tours where they found out where our food comes from.”