Historic first thanks to brave Brit Mum

Historic first thanks to brave Brit Mum

A brave mother whose son was stabbed to death has secured Britain first ever life-saving ‘bleed kits’ in pubs across her home city – with plans to set up 1,000 more in venues across the country.

Lynne Baird, 62, lost son Daniel, 26, when he bled to death in minutes outside The Forge Tavern in Digbeth, Birmingham, after being knifed while out celebrating a new job with friends in July 2017.

Since his death, the mother-of-eight has dedicated herself to preventing other stabbing deaths – raising £12,000 for the Daniel Baird Foundation.

Mrs Baird, a carer, has now revealed her campaign will see Birmingham become the first city in the UK to have bleed control kits and specialist first aid training rolled out in pubs, schools, shops and other venues.

The packs – which include pressure dressings, gauze bandages and tourniquets – are designed to prevent stab-related deaths in the same way public defibrillators have been credited with a drop in heart attack deaths.

Mrs Baird said: ‘After Daniel died, all I could think about was ‘let’s get these kits out there’. I was just worried that someone else might bleed to death.

‘Stabbings are still happening now – this is happening in London all the time and even here in Birmingham.

‘Stabbing victims are just left on the street, and there is nothing you can do after three to five minutes if their attacker has hit an artery.

‘I discovered these kits already existed in the US but when I tried to find some of the kits in the UK, I actually had to put them together myself as they didn’t exist here.

What are bleed kits and what do they contain? 

Bleed kits are regularly used in the US but have only recently been introduced in the UK.  

The packs are designed to prevent stab-related deaths in the same way public defibrillators have been credited with a drop in heart attack deaths. 

They include everything needed to stem a bleeding wound, including pressure dressings, gauze bandages and tourniquets.

They are advertised online from around £70 to £150.  

 ‘I got in touch with a medical firm and had a few made up for me, thinking we would just hand some out to the local pubs in memory of Daniel, but they were too expensive for me to fund alone.’

Daniel had just passed his final interview for a new job at Jaguar Land Rover the same morning he was killed and had planned to marry and get a house with partner Gemma.

But he was knifed outside a bar where an altercation broke out between another drinker and one of Daniel’s friends.

One man charged with Daniel’s murder is currently facing a six week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Mrs Baird said: ‘Some days I don’t want to move – it’s just awful. I remember the morning like it was yesterday, that day will never leave my mind. He went to the gym and never came back.

‘It was just such a shock because I never saw Dan again, he just said “see you later” and off he went.