Huntingdon Gymnastics Club has been presented with a lifesaving defibrillator thanks to an organisation set up in the memory of a schoolboy.

The club, in Mayfield Field, was given the machinery by the Oliver King Foundation, which was set up in 2012 after 12-year-old Oliver suffered a cardiac arrest whilst at school in Liverpool.

Upon unveiling the defibrillator, Mark King, Oliver’s father and founder of the foundation, said: “I am hopeful that the unveiling will help spread the word about the importance of this equipment in Cambridgeshire”.

As well as the unveiling of the defibrillator a training session was held for staff and members of the club.

Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Daryl Brown, who was present at the unveiling, said: “I was blown away by the work that the Oliver King Foundation does. As the chief executive of Magpas we know that following cardiac arrests the first few minutes are crucial for survival.”

The Oliver King Foundation has placed more than 1,000 defibrillators throughout the country and saved 11 lives.