A MUM who died after suffering brain haemorrhage has been honoured posthumously for becoming a life-saving organ a donor.

Pippa Sharry Astbury, from Accrington, became an organ donor after her death in November 2018 at the age of 41.

Through her death Ms Astbury was able to help save the lives of three people.

An Order of St John Award for Organ Donation was accepted on her behalf by her father Keith Astbury.

Mr Astbury said: “Pippa was a very caring and sharing person.

"She worked as a volunteer at the women’s centre in Accrington so when we were told she was on the Organ Donor register we were not surprised.”

Ms Astbury was able to donate both of her kidneys as well as her lungs and corneas.

The family have been told that Ms Astbury's organs were able to help three people.

Her corneas will be stored to help save the sight of someone when they are matched with a suitable recipient.

Mr Astbury added: “Supporting Pippa’s decision to donate her organs and help others has brought me great comfort."

Organ donor Sarah McDonald from Blackburn was also recognised with the award accepted on her behalf by her husband Lee McDonald.

The moving award ceremony was held at Preston County Hall and run in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant.

Hundreds of families are receiving the award at regional ceremonies held across the UK between April and September.

Anthony Clarkson, director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “More and more people are supporting organ donation but there is still an urgent shortage of donors.

"We hope these awards will inspire other people in Lancashire to tell their families they want to save lives.

"Telling your family that you want to be an organ donor makes things easier at a difficult time.

"Families tell us donation is a source of comfort and great pride that helps families in their grieving process and we don’t want anyone to miss the opportunity to donate, " he added.

To join the organ donation register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk