Funding agreed for more life-saving bleed kits across Essex

Crime / Sat 23rd Mar 2024 at 07:15am

SIXTY new bleed kits will soon be available as part of Essex County Council’s community safety efforts.

Essex County Council is funding 60 new bleed control kits, designed to save lives in the event of a critical injury.

The kits include the equipment needed to stem life-threatening bleeding until emergency services arrive. This includes, among other items, a tourniquet and trauma gauze.

They have previously received public attention due their use with victims of violent crime. However, they can also be used in other circumstances, such as traffic accidents or severe falls.

Councillor Louise McKinlay, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Levelling Up, Communities and Business Engagement, said: “Obviously, we hope these kits never have to be used. But in the unfortunate event they do, we are pleased that even more communities will have access to them.

“I would urge local people to find out where their nearest kit is and for businesses to make people aware that they have one. Knowing this could help to save a life.”

The funding from the council is contributing to ongoing efforts by local anti-knife crime campaigner, Julie Taylor.

Julie’s grandson, Liam, 19, was tragically killed in Writtle in 2020. Since then, Julie has set-up The Liam Taylor Legacy. The local initiative raises money in Liam’s memory to fund and distribute bleed control kits across the county.

Julie is also pushing for tighter controls around knives and increased punishments for people carrying them. Her work has seen her meet with Government Ministers, Essex MPs and police representatives, locally and nationally in an effort to stamp out knife crime.

Julie said: “This is the largest number of bleed kits we’ve had donated in one go and I’m proud to share them with venues across the county in Liam’s name. While I hope they don’t need to be used, it is important that people know where they are and what to do should an incident occur. These kits really could be the difference between life and death.”

The new kits will be available from locations across the county, including shops and pubs. Billericay Town Football Club is one of the latest businesses to receive one.

Nick Hutt, Chairman of the club, said: “Billericay Town FC is proud to be the recipients of a catastrophic bleed kit from the Liam Taylor Legacy. We hope we will never need to use it, but it’s very reassuring to know it’s there.”

Local councillors have also put forward suggestions for venues in their areas.

The new kits, which cost £100 each, will be distributed via the Liam Taylor Legacy.

More information about the initiative is available at: https://www.facebook.com/TheLiamTaylor/?locale=en_GB

This funding announcement is subject to a three-day call in period which ends at 5pm on Friday 22 March.

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2 Comments for Funding agreed for more life-saving bleed kits across Essex:

David Forman
2024-03-23 08:06:14

A very good idea. Any professional arborist or gardener using chainsaws knows the need for these bleed control products. The two best products I know of are the SWAT-T Tourniquet and the Israeli Emergency Bandage. Both are absolute life savers and I carry them in my car.

2024-03-23 14:56:08

Such a sad sign of society when knife crime is out of control and people are being stabbed left right and centre and these kits are needed.

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