Award for tragic mum who helped six others to live

Essex County Standard: Award for tragic mum who helped six others to live Award for tragic mum who helped six others to live

A MOTHER whose daughter died at 34 spoke of her pride at a posthumous honour for giving the gift of life.

Katrina Duckett died suddenly in January after suffering from quinsy, a complication of tonsillitis.

Mum Margaret Duckett, of Bluehouse Avenue, Clacton, collected the new Order of St John and NHS Blood and Transplant award.

The accolade is presented to the families of people who have saved and improved people’s lives through organ donation.

Katrina, a semi-professional singer, was among the first to be given the honour.

Mrs Duckett said: “She was a donor and has helped to save six lives – including those of two children. This has been very hard for us, but the fact she helped others to live is a comfort for me and for her son, Louis.

“When we were given the award, I showed it to him and he understands what it was for and that his mum has saved lives.”

Mrs Duckett described Katrina as a wonderful mum who idolised Louis, who was seven when she died.

She said: “Luckily, she home schooled him for the last year of life, so he has very good memories of her. She died suddenly in front of Louis. She couldn’t breathe and collapsed. It was very traumatic for him.

“She was a kind and giving person and a lovely daughter.”

The awards at the private ceremony in London were presented by vice-Lord Lieutenant for Greater London, Wing Commander Mike Dudgeon.

Sally Johnson, director of organ donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Losing a loved one is devastating to family and friends.

“We hope receiving this new award will mean a great deal to those who have lost someone close to them and also give them renewed pride in their decision to agree to donate.

“The decision to donate their organs is an amazing legacy. We want everyone to be proud to donate.”

To join the NHS organ donor register, visit organ donation.

nhs.uk call 0300 123 2323 or text SAVE to 62323.

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