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Life-saving device secures £25k funding boost

A PIONEERING device which saved the lives of 11 people within a year of launching has received a £25,000 funding boost from Enterprise Loans.

In an emergency choking situation, the Dechoker device fits over a person’s mouth and uses suction to remove the obstruction safely from their airway.

There are currently more than 1,500 of the life-saving products installed in care and nursing homes across the UK, where the risk of choking is significant. There are more than 100 fatalities reported every year in care homes due to choking and around 650 deaths in the UK are recorded each year. 

Matt Oakley, CEO at Dechoker, said the funding injection will be key to helping the company reach its next stage of growth by allowing it to launch the product into new sectors.

“In addition to expanding the availability of the device, the company will soon be offering training and seminars to raise awareness of the risks of choking,” he explained.

“The business is less than two years old which meant that securing funding wasn’t simple, but thanks to Enterprise Loans we are now in a position to launch the product into additional markets. The life-saving device has been well received within the adult care industry and I’m confident that marketing the Dechoker to the education and hospitality sectors means we can help to save even more lives.

“As well as the £25,000 loan, the business and financial forecasting which Enterprise Loans offered was really helpful. I would recommend other start-ups in our position to consider approaching Enterprise Loans for support.”

Matthew White was Dechoker’s business advisor at Enterprise Loans. He said:

“We were delighted to help Matt with this request for additional financing. It’s not every day we provide funding and offer business support to life-saving businesses like this one, but this case really highlights the range of start-ups we work with.”

To find out more about Dechoker visit For more information on Enterprise Loans visit or follow @1st_Enterprise on Twitter.

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