Award for organ donor’s daughter

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The daughter of an Ilkeston organ donor has been handed an award in memory of her mother.

The new award, created by the Order of St John alongside NHS Blood and Transplant, was handed to Angela Henshaw at a ceremony held at the County Hall, in West Bridgford last week with the awards presented by The Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Cllr John Allin.

She was one of hundreds of loved ones and family members of those who have donated organs in the event of their death across the country to receive an award.

Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Losing a loved one is devastating to family and friends.

“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.

“The decision to donate their organs is an amazing legacy. We want everyone to be proud to donate.

“Having a conversation about organ donation is vitally important as we know that making a decision to donate a loved one’s organs is so much easier if you know what their wishes were.

“We would urge people to have that conversation with people close to them and record their intention to donate on the NHS Organ Donor Register.”

Families of last year’s 1,212 organ donors have all been invited to receive the award, displaying the words ‘add life, give hope’ at regional ceremonies.

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