The RVH Liver Support Group proudly announces that our Chairman, Jim Kilpatrick, has been awarded the honour of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to people with liver disease and their carers in Northern Ireland, in the King’s New Year’s Honours List 2024.

This well-deserved honour is testament to Jim’s unwavering commitment to supporting liver disease patients following his own transplant experiences in 2018, and his tireless efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by liver conditions across Northern Ireland. The MBE recognises his outstanding contributions to the community, reflecting his dedication to improving healthcare outcomes and raising awareness about liver health and organ donation.

Under Jim’s leadership, the RVH Liver Support Group has expanded its reach and impact across Northern Ireland, developing relationships with local and national politicians to effect change and raise awareness of liver issues, and endeavouring to bring patients together to encourage peer to peer support. The charity’s initiatives, from patient support programs to educational campaigns, have made a meaningful difference in the lives of countless individuals and their families grappling with liver-related issues.

Jim expressed gratitude for the honour, stating, “I am deeply humbled and honoured to receive this recognition. It reflects the collective efforts of the entire Liver Support Group committee and our dedicated supporters. This MBE is not just for me; it is for everyone who has contributed to our mission of providing hope and support to those affected by liver conditions.”

After a very successful 25th Anniversary year for the Group in 2023, we look forward to the Group further increasing  our effectiveness and direction under Jim’s guidance in 2024. We remain steadfast in our commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals and their families facing liver challenges through innovative programs, advocacy, and community engagement.