The Dan Baird "stop knife crime" Campaign
AUGUST 14, 2019
Daniel Baird was just 26 years of age when he was fatally stabbed in the early hours of 8th July 2017, outside The Forge Tavern, Digbeth in Birmingham following a night out with friends. Dan died shortly after arriving at hospital due to catastrophic bleeding.
His family have launched a campaign and are fundraising for publicly accessible bleeding control packs in all major shopping centers, pubs/clubs, public transport stations, and all public buildings with the aim of reducing and stopping knife crime so that no other family feels the pain experienced as a result of Dan's death.
Dan's mother, Lynne Baird, who is a longstanding Unite representative at Citizens Advice Bureau, believes that these kits could potentially make a real difference to the survival of a stabbing victim because of the short time it can take for blood loss to be fatal and talks about this in an interview with the BBC.
The campaign was also discussed on BBC Radio WM and Lynne spoke to Alex Lester, highlighting the potential of these kits in saving lives and gave information about the fundraising campaign.
Dan's family are hoping to reach a target of £10,000 initially to set up a charitable organization which will aim to raise awareness of knife and violent crime and the importance of having publicly accessible bleeding control packs available. Their first step will be to purchase several public access bleeding control packs which will be presented to various businesses and public buildings, also smaller versions for taxi cabs. They will also campaign for first aid training to incorporate catastrophic bleeding control. Additionally they will liaise with other organisations to ensure advanced first aid is on curriculum in all educational establishments.
For more information about the Dan Baird "Stop knife crime" Campaign please visit the fundraising page here.