The 2016 Organ Donor awards for Worcestershire and Warwickshire were hosted by the Worcestershire CPG this year with the event being held at the Worcestershire County Cricket Club, New Road, Worcester on the evening of 17th November 2016. There were 13 recipients who accepted the invitation across the 2 counties with the awards being made by both Lord Lieutenants; Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE from Worcestershire and Mr Tim Cox CStJ. The Lord Lieutenants were hosted by their respective CPG Chairs Major General (Retd) Mark Armstrong and Colonel (Retd) Bob Carruthers TD.
Each family was appointed a host who looked after them for the evening and introduced the recipient to the Lord Lieutenant as they moved from table to table. Families were also paired up in order to provide support between families. The hosts were volunteers including Sir Nicholas Lechmere Bt, the High Sheriff for Worcestershire, members of the St John’s Ambulance, Malvern Rotary and local volunteers – all of the hosts said how rewarding they found the whole experience. There were also representatives from the NHS trusts moved between tables in order to engage with the families.
Families and hosts were briefed on proceedings ahead of the arrival of the arrival of the Lord Lieutenants by Cathy Armstrong, Secretary of the Worcestershire CPG, so they knew what to expect. A short welcome was made by Chair of the Worcestershire CPG and once the final awards had been made an address of thanks was given by Ms Chris Clarke on behalf of the Worcestershire NHS Trust. This was followed by a minutes silence post which there was an opportunity for families to have photographs taken with the Lord Lieutenants; refreshments in the form of canapés and petit fours were served.
Thanks must go to Worcestershire County Cricket Club for providing the venue free of charge and to the Worcestershire Ambassadors who supplemented the grant from the NHS to cover the cost of the refreshments.