Life saving champion’s vital work is honoured

Jo Haythornthwaite's husband, John, died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage five years ago and she decided to donate his organs to those who needed them.'The donations helped seven people and Mrs Haythornthwaite has since worked with donation committees and done after dinner speaking about her story.'She is now set to receive an Organ Donor Award for the work she has done since her husband's sudden death.
Jo Haythornthwaite's husband, John, died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage five years ago and she decided to donate his organs to those who needed them.'The donations helped seven people and Mrs Haythornthwaite has since worked with donation committees and done after dinner speaking about her story.'She is now set to receive an Organ Donor Award for the work she has done since her husband's sudden death.
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An organ donor champion will receive a new award after helping to spread the word about how the process can save lives.

Jo Haythornthwaite, from St Annes, has spent the five years since she lost her husband to a brain haemorrhage informing families about how they can donate organs.

Her work has included joining Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Organ Donation Committee and speaking at after-dinners about her story following the death of her husband, John, aged 58.

The 64-year-old grandmother, from Rodney Avenue, said: “We had never spoken about donating before but to me it was a light at the end of a tunnel because they could be passed on to other people and his legacy lives on.

“He could help other people and that was easing my grief and it was not the end, just moving on.

“That was amazing and I’ll never get over the feeling of knowing other people are benefitting.”

John’s kidneys, liver, corneas and heart valves were all donated and helped give seven people the transplants they needed.

Mrs Haythornthwaite, who used to work for Age UK, will receive the Order of St John during a glittering ceremony at St James’s Palace, London, on September 18, to thank her for the work she has done, and her late husband for his donation.

She added: “It gave me comfort to know that his organs were being donated and it helped me through the grieving process.

“It’s wonderful to receive this award and I’m looking forward to going to London.”

Sally Johnson, director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We are grateful to every single one of the 1,212 deceased donors which helped to increase the number of people benefitting from an organ transplant for the eighth year in succession.”

For more information visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk