New funding for life-saving bleed kits

Julie Taylor and Councillor McKinlay hand over a bleed kit to Billericay Town FC's Managing Director, Alex Morrissey.

We are funding 60 new, life-saving bleed control kits. The kits include the materials needed to stem life-threatening bleeding following an injury. This could be a traffic accident or serious fall. They have also been used to help victims of violent crime.

We are working with local campaigner, Julie Taylor, to distribute the new kits. Julie’s grandson, Liam, 19, was tragically killed in Writtle in 2020. Julie set-up The Liam Taylor Legacy in his memory. The local scheme raises money to fund and distribute bleed kits across the county.

The new kits will be available at different locations and venues in Essex. These include shops, pubs and schools. Billericay Town Football Club is one of the latest businesses to receive a kit. 

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.”

Funding for the new kits is one part of our ongoing community safety work. We also recently launched a new £100,000 Community Safety Initiatives Fund. Local groups can apply for grant funding to invest in initiatives that promote public safety. The aim is to benefit communities and address issues around violence and vulnerability.

Find out more about the Liam Taylor Legacy