The Order of St John gives a number of awards to honour people who have given special service in the cause of humanity.

In 2013, we teamed up with NHS Blood and Transplant in the UK to introduce The Order of St John Award for Organ Donation. This award is given to the families of deceased organ donors to recognise their generosity in giving others a chance for a better life.

The award, in the form of a pin and a citation, is presented to the next-of-kin of the donor at a special award ceremony in partnership with NHSBT and The Priory of England and the Islands. The award can also be sent by post to those who do not wish to receive it publicly.

If you want to know more about The Order of St John Award for Organ Donation, please get in touch.

Between April 2017 and March 2018:

  • there was an increase in the number of deceased donors to 1,574, the highest number ever in the UK;
  • 5,090 lives were saved or improved by an organ transplant;
  • 6,044 patients were waiting for a transplant;
  • 411 patients died while on the active list waiting.

 To join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit or call 0300 123 2323 or text SAVE to 62323.