A mother-of-eight who launched a charitable foundation to install bleed control kits in public places in memory of her fatally-wounded son has been awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours list for 2022.
Lynne Baird, from Yardley, said: “This is the hardest secret I’ve ever had to keep.
“I received the letter about three weeks ago and, with its ordinary stamp, there was nothing to suggest what it might contain.
“When I opened it I thought it was a wind-up – having ‘personal and confidential’ on the outside just seemed to make it more suspicious, but I also thought I had better accept it!’
“I hope the award will help us to get more bleed control kids installed in more public places to help anyone suffering from catastrophic bleeding.”
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Lynne said her campaign was never about ‘knife crime’ but an attempt to make bleed control kids as universally available as defibrillators and the like.
Son Daniel, then 26, was fatally stabbed in the chest during a fracas outside the Forge Tavern in Digbeth on July 8, 2017.
It took a year to find the perpetrator and it would be February 2019 before Carlton Donaldson was jailed for life to serve a minimum term of 23 years after being convicted of murder, wounding with intent, attempted wounding with intent and violent disorder.
Lynne said today: “There may be some people out there who wonder why I’ve got this kind of award ‘so quickly’ compared with all of the other mums out there who have lost children.
“My campaign has never been about knife crime and I don’t like the term.
“It’s been about catastrophic blood loss which can happen to anybody anywhere and people have come to recognise that now.”
Daniel arrived as the sixth of Lynne’s eight children. But it was a conversation with her third child, Tom, a city paediatrician who will be 37 in January, which led to the launch of the foundation.
She said: “Tom was due to start at Heartlands that same week and I asked him ‘How could Daniel lose so much blood so quickly?’
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“The Foundation and the campaign for bleed control kits began from there, really.