Fundraising run to mark birthday of Birmingham stab victim Daniel Baird
A fundraising run took place today to mark the 30th birthday of Daniel Baird who was fatally stabbed in Digbeth.
The money raised from entries will go to the Daniel Baird Foundation, set up by his mum Lynn Baird, to buy more life-saving bleed kits to be rolled out across the West Midlands.
The specialist first aid kits, which cost £80, contain items designed to stem catastrophic bleeding including tourniquets, pressure dressings and gauze bandages.
Dan was just 26 when he was stabbed while out with friends, after a dispute between two groups of men spilled outside the Forge Tavern on July 8, 2017.
But with no first aid available, Daniel died shortly after arriving at hospital, due to catastrophic bleeding.
The event has been organised by sportswear company Ripl Fitness who are asking people to run for 30km or for 30 minutes.
Public figures taking part in the run include Chief Supt Ian Green, Commander at Sandwell Police.
He tweeted: “Today I have run for 30 mins in memory of Daniel Baird and to support his family and their amazing cause to save lives.”
Speaking at the launch of the kits in June last year, Lynne said: “When Dan was stabbed, by the time ambulance crew arrived he had lost too much blood. If someone had been able to stem the blood loss, Dan might have survived.
“That’s when I started researching into what was available to treat immediate victims of stabbings – in this country only ambulance crews have access to the right equipment.
“Over the months I picked up vital support from people to create and distribute these kits and here we are.
“It’s not just about treating people who are stabbed. These kits could be effectively used on car crash victims too, anyone who has an accident. Venues have first aid and trained first aiders so why not these life saving kits?
“If one life is saved because someone uses these kits, the work has been all worth it.”
In February 2019, Carlton Donaldson, 23, was jailed for 23 years for fatally stabbing Dan.