In 2013, we teamed up with NHS Blood and Transplant in the UK to introduce The Order of St John Organ Donor Award. 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, which takes the form of a pin a badge and scroll signed by The Grand Prior, is presented to the next-of-kin of the donor at award ceremonies organised by County Priory Groups. The award can also be sent by post to those who do not wish to receive it publically.

 

There are around three people dying each day due to the shortage of organs.

 

There are roughly 10,000 people in the UK who need a transplant. One donor could save or enhance the lives of up to nine people.

 

Less than 5,000 people a year die in circumstances where they can donate. While 95% of families agree to donation if a loved one is registered and has discussed their wishes, this drops to only 46% when donation wishes aren’t known.

 

In 2015/16, 4,662 organ transplants were carried out, thanks to the generosity of 3,032 donors (living and deceased).

 

The award was launched in 2013 and is offered by invitation to all families whose loved one donated an organ after death in the UK. These ceremonies are held locally throughout the UK from September to December of each year in collaboration with NHS Blood and Transplant. The award not only honours donors for their gift, but it also raises awareness of the successes of organ donation and inspires other families to follow in the donors’ footsteps.

 

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