Award for Overton schoolboy who saved five lives

Sarah Jane Higginson with her two sons, Max and Henry receives the award from Margaret Brindle.
Sarah Jane Higginson with her two sons, Max and Henry receives the award from Margaret Brindle.

A boy from Overton who saved the lives of five people by donating his organs after his death has been honoured posthumously.

George Higginson, who passed away in August 2009 at the age of 10 after a road accident, was given The Order of St John award for organ donation, which was presented to his mum and two brothers who accepted it on his behalf.

George’s mum Sarah Higginson said: “George’s brothers Max, nine, and Henry, 14, were keen to go and Henry accepted the award.

“George would be really chuffed to know that his brothers accepted the award on his behalf.

“The award takes pride of place on the windowsill with his photograph.”

The private awards ceremony for 23 families was held at County Hall in Preston recently with the awards presented by Margaret Brindle, Chairman of Lancashire County Council.

The award which was launched in 2013, is offered by invitation to all families whose loved one donates in the UK and is given posthumously to the donor, accepted on their behalf by a relative at a regional ceremony.

Iain Robertson, Chair of the local County Priory Group of the Order of St John, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to work with NHS Blood and Transplant to run the Organ Donor Awards for a third year.

“ Organ donation can clearly save lives and it is also vitally important to say thank you to the families whose loved ones have already donated their organs to assist others.

“With around three people dying every day due to the shortage of organs, these donors and their families have carried out an inspirational act to help others to live.

“We hope the example they have set will encourage many more to follow in their footsteps and agree to become an organ donor.”

Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “These families deserve this honour and recognition to mark their loved ones life-saving gifts. We hope their bravery will inspire others to talk about their own wishes.” To join visit organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 2323.