The father of a 15-year-old Newsome girl who was found hanging has been given an award after many of her organs were donated to help others.
Olivia Glennie, known as Livvie by her family, was a bright and bubbly teenager who loved dancing and music.
Her death last year stunned her parents Alex and Diane who never dreamed they would have to consider organ donation from their much-loved daughter.
But they went through with the difficult decision, Diane saying at the time that it would be a “shred of comfort to know that Livvie would be living on in someone else and her DNA would be continuing in the world.
“We thought it gave Livvie a future which she no longer had.”
The family later received a letter telling them their decision had helped a mum in her 20s with a young child, a man in his 30s and a 13-year-old girl
Those people from across West Yorkshire who gave the ultimate gift of life through organ donation have been honoured posthumously at an award ceremony in Leeds.
The Order of St John award for Organ Donation, run in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant, has been presented to the families and loved ones of people who saved and improved people’s lives through organ donation.
The private award ceremony was held at The Civic Hall, Leeds, and the awards were presented by Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Richard Jackson MBE.
Gordon Tollefson, chairman 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 second 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.”
Last year, between April 2013 and March 2014, saw the largest ever number of deceased organ donors as the families of 1,320 people in the UK agreed to donate their loved ones’ organs, leading to thousands of patients’ lives being saved or transformed.
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “I have never spoken to a single person who has ever regretted their decision to donate.”