Two new bleed control kits have been installed in Berkhamsted thanks to a local group.
Berkhamsted Bulbourne Inner Wheel, part of an international women’s organisation spanning 120 countries, presented the kits to the town after being moved by the story of a mother whose son was stabbed.
At the 2023 Inner Wheel conference, members heard from Lynne Baird, whose son Daniel died aged 26 in 2017 after he was stabbed outside a pub in Birmingham. Since her son’s death, Lynne has been campaigning and raising funds for a national rollout of bleed control kits. The kits contain tourniquets, gauze and other first aid equipment to help control traumatic bleeding.
Isobel Wilkinson, Inner Wheel secretary, says the club was so moved by Lynne’s story that they decided to donate the new bleed control kits.
The new kits are located in the defibrillator outside the Civic Centre and outside Waitrose, which was chosen because of its proximity to the skate park, a popular place for young locals to congregate.
In the situation that someone is in need of help, those at the scene should call 999 and will be informed of the location of the kit and a code to unlock it.