Give a Kidney is a charity that aims to raise awareness of non-directed (also known as altruistic) living kidney donation.


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Latest Stats from NHSBT

April 2015 figures show that 5 more non-directed kidney donations took place in the UK, taking the total to date to 404. Please click on the graph below for details.

donations april 15

Research into Barriers and Enablers to altruistic kidney donation in family and friends

Many people who contact hospitals because they are interested in donating a kidney altruistically (i.e. to a person that they do not know) do not end up completing their donation. This study is aiming to better understand why this is by focusing on the influence of family and friends.

Researchers at University of Plymouth are looking for people (UK only) who have donated and those who have decided not to proceed to volunteer to participate in an interview based study. They would also like to speak with any family members or friends who had a significant influence over their decision to donate or withdraw. It is hoped that the results will have a direct impact on the assessment and care of future altruistic donors. The team would like to produce written information that targets family members concerns directly.

The interview will take around one hour, after which you will be sent a summary to comment upon. Your participation is entirely voluntary.

This project is being funded by the British Renal Society and British Kidney Patients Association with the support of Give a Kidney.

Please contact Alexis Clarke, Clinical Psychologist for more information, on or by telephone 07940729500. Alternatively you can write to University of Plymouth, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Rolle Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, Pl4 8AA

Latest statistics from NHSBT

March 2015 delivered another 12 non-directed kidney donations in the UK – taking the total for the financial year to 107, the second busiest year since the programme began. In the last financial year, 17 of these have been used in the paired/pooled scheme, meaning an additional 17 people have received a transplant as the result of a non-directed donor unlocking a chain.  This is wonderful news and congratulations to all the donors, recipients and their families.

Please click the graph below for full figures.

donations chart Mar 15

Spring 2015 newsletter Out Now

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NHS announces innovative 3-for-1 living donor transplant scheme

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AGM and Conference – 17 January, London

Give a Kidney’s AGM & Conference took place on Saturday 17 January, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, West End, London. As well as reviewing the last year, we discussed plans for the future. Minutes from the meeting coming soon!

Latest statistics on non-directed donation

Latest statistics from NHSBT: 13 more non-directed kidney donations took place in the UK during December 2014. This brings the total number so far to 369! Click on the graph below to see a larger version. Congratulations and well done to all the donors and their recipients. We wish you all speedy recoveries.

donations chart Dec14


 Watch two Sky News Interviews with non-directed donors

Watch two new films:
Sanjiv Gohil talks about his decision to give a kidney to a someone he does not know.
Extraordinary people who have donated kidneys to people they do not know tell why they did it
Altruistic or non-directed donation is the giving of a kidney, from a living person, to a stranger who has kidney failure.

We aim to publicise why more living kidney donors are needed and to support people who are considering this type of donation.

Patients with kidney failure have the option of dialysis or transplantation when both their kidneys fail. A kidney transplant can provide patients with freedom from regular dialysis, a better quality of life and longer life expectancy. Unfortunately, very few patients have someone who can give them a kidney, and on average most patients have to wait on dialysis for two to three years before a kidney becomes available on the national deceased donor transplant waiting list.

Although the UK performs more than 2500 kidney transplantations a year, there are around 6000 people waiting for a kidney transplant, and around 300 people in the UK die each year in need of a kidney.

Despite the shortage of donors, we know that many people would be willing to donate a kidney if they knew how to do so.

Our aim is to raise awareness of kidney donation and support people through the giving process.

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