Life-saving bleed control packs have been installed in all 37 parish centres across the archdiocese of Liverpool after being inspired by the work of Ava White’s family since her tragic death in 2021.
12-year-old Catholic schoolgirl Ava White died after being stabbed following an argument in Liverpool city centre on 25th November 2021.
Since Ava’s fatal stabbing, her family have been raising awareness through the Ava White Foundation of the benefits of public places having the packs that could potentially save lives if a person suffers a catastrophic bleed. The packs are designed to help blood loss in the critical moments before professional medical help arrives.
All parish centre managers will complete training in using the bleed control packs.
Jill Boggan, director of finance at the Archdiocese of Liverpool, spoke of the Archdiocese’s desire to support the White family.
“We were all shocked and devastated at Ava’s death, as she was part of our archdiocesan community. We very much support the family in their quest to encourage public venues to have this life-saving equipment,” she said.
“Our parish centres are very much embedded in their local communities, so they seemed like an ideal location to have the packs installed.
“The operational management team, Brian Lowry and Kim Schofield, delivered the kits and all parish centre managers are very much behind the initiative. We want to raise awareness with the local community that they are there in case they ever do need to use them during an emergency.”
Ava’s mum, Leeann White, said: “We are so proud to hear that the Archdiocese of Liverpool has installed 37 lifesaving bleed control kits in Ava’s memory. We can’t thank you enough for all the love and support you have shown us.”
Ava’s family have set up a petition to make it a legal requirement to have bleed control kits in all public places. You can sign the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/636046
A list of the archdiocesan parish centres can be found here: https://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/directory/places?category=Parish+Centre
Picture(L-R): Operations manager Brian Lowry, Ava’s aunt June White, finance director Jill Boggan, Ava’s mum Leeann White and area manager Kim Schofield.