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Sons of Dundee man Steven, 48, to accept award after he saved lives by donating his organs

The family of Steven Lamb will this week receive the St John Award at a reception in Edinburgh.

Fondly nicknamed “Lambo”, the 48-year-old died in February after suffering a bleed on the brain.

Steven collapsed on a bus journey to a party with his wife Alison and was rushed to Ninewells Hospital but died after three days in intensive care.

On Thursday, the former taxi driver will be honoured alongside four others at the Scottish Organ Donor Awards at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Sons Steven, 17, and Darren, 13, will accept the award on his behalf.

Each family will receive the St John Scotland Award for Organ Donation, inscribed with the words “add life, give hope”.

Family members attending the ceremony will also be invited to visit the National Memorial for Organ and Tissue Donors, commissioned by the Scottish Government.

The ceremony is the fifth annual event, organised jointly by St John Scotland and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

Prior of St John Scotland, Major General Mark Strudwick, who will present the awards to family members, said: “St John Scotland is exceptionally proud to be working alongside NHS Blood and Transplant for the fifth year running in order to facilitate this incredibly important annual event.

“Dedicated to saving and enhancing life, St John Scotland appreciates how important organ donation is, and today we recognise the courage of inspirational families who gave permission for their loved ones’ organs to be used to save the lives of others.”

Steven worked as a driver for Handy Taxis for about 20 years and was a well-known face throughout the Ferry area.

Alison said he was a “big, lovable person” and a “real family man”.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “The pride families feel at these ceremonies is inspirational. Transplant patients tell us that organ donors and their families are heroes.

“This award is a chance for us all to recognise their bravery and generosity and their amazing contribution to society. We hope these awards will inspire other people in Scotland to tell their families that, should they die in circumstances where they could become a donor, then their wish to be a lifesaver would be carried out.

She added; “Families tell us donation is a source of pride that helps them in their grieving process.

“We don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to donate.

“Please join the NHS Organ Donor Register at organdonation.nhs.uk.”

Culled from Evening Telegraph

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