Order of St John UK Award

The Order of St John UK Award for Organ Donation honours the incredible gift donors and their families in the UK make by donating their organs to save and improve the lives of others.

It is awarded by invitation to families whose loved one donated their organs and/or tissues*, and posthumously honours the donor.

The family can choose to accept the award on the donor’s behalf - either at a regional ceremony, or by post.

Jamie Cable at the Order of St John for Organ Donation awardsJamie Cable received the award at a ceremony in London on behalf of his wife Susan, who became a donor aged 40 after she suffered a heart attack. Jamie received the award alongside Susan’s parents John and Barbara Rew.

Jamie said: “We were very proud to accept the award on behalf of Susan. Attending the event was something we had been a little anxious about, but we were also looking forward to it. Receiving the award and seeing other donor families was both rewarding and comforting. It was also particularly inspiring to hear more for ourselves during the event about the many benefits of organ donation and how it is critical to help change and improve other people’s lives.” 

About the award

The award was launched by the international humanitarian charity the Order of St John and NHS Blood and Transplant in 2013.

The award is open to people of all faiths or of no faith across the whole of the UK.

Families whose loved ones donated their organs before the award was set up in 2013, and who are interested in receiving the award should contact the donor helpline on 0300 123 2323 or their local contact at NHS Blood and Transplant.

*Although tissue donation and eye-only donation is recognised under this scheme, in these cases an award is received by post rather than an at a ceremony.

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