Dirty Dan from Eastenders starts new emergency service
Added: (Mon Aug 27 2001)
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The stranger who died in Craig's arms
East Enders actor Craig Fairbrass who plays bad boy Dirty Dan has been inspired to help set up the new emergency service called NEXT OF KIN, following a traumatic accident.
Craig was out running when he saw a man collapse.
Craig, 37, said: "This chap collapsed while riding his bike and I tried to help him. He was having convulsions, and all the traffic stopped.
He died in my arms, but no-one knew who he was for 2 days imagine if that was a member of your family."
Now Craig is backing the new emergency service called NEXT OF KIN that helps the police quickly locate family members in an emergency.
“Accidents happen all the time and are never predicted they just happen, its better to be safe than sorry, make sure you and your family are members of next of kin”.
Next of Kin helps the police and other emergency services contact relatives fast and confidentially.
Speaking on GMTV recently Craig said: "A recent example of what happens was when Steve Cram's brother collapsed while out running.
"It took 36 hours for them to contact any of his family. They had no idea who he was."
The police had to spend hours just trying to identify him.
Next of Kin has an emergency control room open 24 hours a day 365 days a year working with the emergency services. Carrying next of kin details helps the emergency services assess the patient quickly.
Craig said: "Being well known lets you do things away from acting, and this is definitely worthwhile, just by carrying the next of kin card or the next of kin key ring could save you or a member of your family’s life."
To join the next of kin costs just £15 for the first year and costs just £10 to renew per year. You can call direct on 08707 651 651 24hours a day or write to: next of kin PO Box 137 Bushey WD23 3ZD or visit the website at: www.nextofkin.org.uk
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