Organ donors celebrated for helping other patients


Jacqueline Barnes receiving her husband's posthumous award from Lady Romney. Photo: St John's Ambulance
Families from Norfolk and Suffolk have seen their loved ones become posthumously honored for donating their organs to keep other people alive.

The families received the Order of St John award for organ donation, at an event run in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant.

The awards recognise the 1,364 people who donated their organs after death last year, which has led to other patients’ lives transformed and/or saved.

One of the families in attendance was that of Christopher Barnes, who died from a heart-attack in February.

His wife, Jacqueline Barnes, 56, said she found some comfort in the fact that Mr Barnes was an organ donor.

It was only during a chance conversation the week before that Mr Barnes said he wanted to be an organ donor. Continue reading