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- We hear that an altruistic donor, Nicholas Crace and his recipient are due to appear on tomorrow's Jeremy Vine... http://t.co/TWooyfrEam
- Hurrah! We're over the magic 500 likes on Facebook. Thanks to all who have supported us along the way and welcome to our new friends!
- RT @finnigr: @Giveakidney @GMKINet member @j0eWright set to receive kidney from his brother. This is his transplant countdown. http://t.co/…
- We'll be at The British Transplant Games in Bolton in August. Will we see any of you there?... http://t.co/4c6J2cgKlr
- @AlisonCallaway thanks! It seems they used data from last NHSBT report so not quite up to date. Great that there are more though!
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 over 7000 people waiting for a kidney transplant, of whom 300 die each year.
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.