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Posted: 30 Aug 2013
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The United Kingdom Award for Organ Donation from the Order of St John was launched at an event at St James Palace yesterday. This new award scheme, created in alliance with NHS Blood and Transplant, is in special recognition of the incredible gift made by donors and their loved ones. The award champions the quiet heroism of organ donation - an act never forgotten by those whose lives have been transformed.
The Order of St John has created the award to recognise the proud contribution that organ donors have made to add life and give hope to others in need. It represents a shared belief in the invaluable role of organ donation across all faiths and backgrounds and will be a growing and long-lasting tribute to those donors.
In alliance with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), this award will be given to the families and loved ones of the donors at special annual ceremonies. The award not only recognises the generous act made by people across the UK but also raises awareness of the successes of organ donation among local communities.
Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHSBT, said: “A change in public attitudes around donation is needed across the UK, if more lives are going to be saved through organ transplantation. We need everyone to be proud to donate, when and if they can.
“We hope receiving this new award will mean a great deal to those who have lost someone close to them and also give them renewed pride in their decision to agree to donation. We are grateful to every single one of the 1,212 deceased donors who, last year helped to increase the number of people benefitting from an organ transplant for the eighth year in succession.
“If we are to save even more lives, more people need to sign up to be a donor, more people need to discuss donation with those close to them and more families need to support donation on behalf of a loved one.”
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. Its remit includes the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS in England and North Wales. It is also the organ donor organisation for the whole of the UK and is responsible for matching and allocating donated organs.
The award, in the form of a pin and citation, was given to the families of the donors at special ceremonies throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you would like to add your name to the UK Organ Donor Register, please register here.