This award was created in 2013 in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant to honour those who, in death have given hope to others through organ donation.
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.
- To join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 2323 or text SAVE to 62323.
The Order of St John is often asked what it is like to be present at one of these ceremonies. Sean Macreavy, a filmmaker from Gloucestershire, attended a ceremony on behalf of his father in 2016 and made these videos to explain what happens at a ceremony and why organ donation is something that is important for families to discuss openly. We are very grateful to Sean for his work and for allowing us to use these videos.