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THE CAMPAIGN to provide life-saving heart defibrillators is growing across the country, after another tragedy.

A month ago, The Star asked readers to contribute to a fund to provide the low-tech equipment at grassroots football grounds following the cardiac arrest and sudden death of Dronfield referee Roger Evans.

Recently 12-year-old Oliver King died of heart failure during a school swimming lesson in Liverpool.

Now his parents want to see defibrillators in all public buildings.

They say that more than a dozen young people die each week from undiagnosed heart problems. An e-petition has been launched to try to force Parliament to discuss the issue.

The call for more defibrillators comes after the Bolton player Fabrice Muamba - who himself nearly died during a match - returned to his club last week.

Mark King, Oliver’s father, told The BBC that lifesaving machines must be made more widely available, to spare other families the pain they have gone through.

“Losing Oliver has driven us along because of the heartbreak that we’re suffering. We can’t stand by and read every day that children are dying. It’s total devastation for the families and friends.”

Evans, collapsed after blowing the final whistle to end a game between South Normanton and Borrowash Victoria Reserves on March 24.

You can donate to our local football cause through PayPal (see www.hides.force9.co.uk/rogerevans) or sending funds to ref.rog@hotmail.com.

Cheques payable to R Evans can be sent to Alfred Dunham and Sons, Funeral Directors, 56 Snape Hill Lane, Dronfield, S18 2LG.

Further information: e-mail ref.rog@hotmail.com