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Dudley restaurant is first McDonalds to have pioneering bleed control kits to help save lives

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 18/08/2019 Sanjeeta Bains
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A Dudley McDonalds has become the first venue of its kind to have access to bleed control kits.

The kit, which contains specialist equipment to help stem extreme blood loss before ambulance crews arrive, was first launched in Birmingham in June.

Keiran Casey,  Councillor for Upper Gornal and Woodsetton attended the launch of the kits at McDonalds in Upper Gornal with Lynne Baird on Friday August 16.

Lynne launched the campaign so members of the public had access to bleed control kits in the city, after her son Dan was tragically stabbed to death outside The Forge Tavern, Digbeth, following a night out with friends in July 2017.

a close up of a man smiling for the camera: Dan Baird © BPM MEDIA Dan Baird

Cllr Casey said: "We have been working with Lynne who is doing fantastic work through The Daniel Baird Foundation and Mr Bob Beckett, owner of the McDonalds store to roll these out & improve safety in the area."

At the launch Lynne said: "We are going to ask all McDonalds to stock one of these bleed control kits as they are usually strategically placed on high streets and there is always the possibility, sadly in Birmingham, of a stabbing, shooting or just a road accident.

"Keiran has worked very hard on getting our campaign message out to the business community in Dudley."

'Public Access Bleed Control Kit'. © Birmingham Mail 'Public Access Bleed Control Kit'.

"The kits buy a vital few minutes before the paramedics can arrive.  Bob runs two other McDonalds in the Midlands area and has bought kits for those restaurants too."

Lynne added: "We've had interest from all over the UK.

"Most recently City of London Police have purchased the kits on behalf of businesses in their area."

In February this year,  career criminal Carlton Donaldson, 24, was  sentenced to life for Dan's murder.

In May last year,  teenager Ozel Pemberton was stabbed to death outside a McDonalds in Sutton Coldfield town centre.

Amir Hussain, who plunged the knife into him, was found guilty of murder by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court following a three week trial.

Cllr Casey added:  "I am always striving to make my local area and our Borough a safer place for all to live, so following my discussions with Lynne, I got in touch with a range of organisations, the police, council, local businesses and tourist attractions to ask whether they would support the campaign and have these bleed kits."

a group of people posing for the camera: Pictured Lynne Baird with (left) Councillor Keiran Casey and (right) McDonald's manager Bob Beckett along with emergency services representatives at McDonalds in Gornal, Dudley - understood to be the first McDonalds to have life saving bleed control kits © Birmingham Mail/Darren Quinton Pictured Lynne Baird with (left) Councillor Keiran Casey and (right) McDonald's manager Bob Beckett along with emergency services representatives at McDonalds in Gornal, Dudley - understood to be the first McDonalds to have life saving bleed control kits

"The response I have received has been fantastic so far and a range of organisations have signed up to have these, from McDonalds in Upper Gornal where the campaign has been launched, the first McDonalds in the UK to have one of these kits I am told.

"The Black Country Museum, Loaves and Fishes in Dudley High Street and a whole range of other organisations that are looking to follow."

Anyone can purchase a kit via www.controlthebleed.org.uk.

Free training will be provided to the city centre project by the suppliers.

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