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 2014/15, 4,431 organ transplants were carried out, thanks to the generosity of 2,374 donors (living and deceased).

 

The 1,282 deceased donors between April 2014 and March 2015 will all be invited to be honoured with the award by the Order of St John. These awards were instituted in 2013.

 

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