There are many ways that you can get involved with or show support to Give a Kidney.
Share your story
If you are a non-directed donor in the UK, or have received a kidney, would you be willing to share your story through the media, our and our partners’ websites and through social media? Stories from those affected by kidney donation are the most effective way of telling more people about donation. If you can help, please get in touch with us via our contact form and we can advise you. Please also follow us on Twitter and Facebook and share and comment on our posts which helps to get them seen by more people.
Become a member or ambassador
By becoming a member you are already supporting our work. In 2016 we launched our Give a Kidney Ambassador programme which helps support you to help raise awareness on our behalf. Get in touch with us if you’d like to find out more.
Take up a Challenge!
Are you up for a challenge?
Simply decide which challenge you want to take on, sign up for it and create an online fundraising page on www.justgiving.com You then email the link to colleagues and friends and you will be amazed by how much you can raise!
If you enjoy running, there is now a huge number of ‘open’ running events up and down the country, from 5k and 10k runs to full marathons. This means that you simply register for a place and then raise funds for the charity of your choice.
Some, such as the London Marathon, are very over-subscribed, so timing is vital if you are to have a chance in the ballot. Because of the expense involved in doing so, Give a Kidney doesn’t currently buy places in any running events, so we rely on people getting their own place by registering in this way.
More recently fashionable are obstacle courses and muddy challenges, but they’re not for the faint-hearted! nuclear-races.co.uk is just one example, with events at their venue in Brentwood, Essex. There’s also Tough Guy in the West Midlands – and many more. You are encouraged by the organisers to get a team together so that you can help each other round the course.
If you have a bit more time and would prefer something overseas, we have partnered with Classic Challenge which organises a wide range of charity challenges, including Cycle London to Paris, Climb Kilimanjaro and Bike Across the Andes – but there are many more.
Our Administrator will be happy to provide any fundraising materials you might find useful, including sponsorship forms, information leaflets, t-shirts and more! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you have planned.
There are still many people who do not know that non-directed living kidney donation is possible. Please help us spread the word by talking about living donation with your friends and family, work colleagues, social networks. You may also like to consider if you could talk to local groups (Rotary, WI’s, faith groups, U3A etc) about it or writing an article for any local newsletters, alumni magazines, newsletters for social groups that you are involved with etc. We can supply information leaflets, newsletters, statistics and draft slides for you if required, please just use our contact form to get in touch.
Support us with a financial donation
You may not feel that donating a kidney is something you are able to do but you may wish to support us by making a contribution to our running costs, which go directly to raising awareness of non-directed kidney donation in the UK. We are a small charity, trying to make a big difference to the lives of those living with kidney disease in need of a transplant.
The charity is run by volunteers, with just two part-time staff. We don’t have expensive offices or lots of equipment, so the money we raise goes directly to help raise awareness of non-directed living donation. If you would like to help us meet our running costs, every penny really does count. You can make a donation by clicking on the link below,which will transfer you to our fundraising partners, Virgin Money Giving. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider Gift-aiding your donation, which allows us to claim back the tax on the amount you donate. Many thanks for your support. Click here to donate an amount of your choice today. You can check you are on a secure site by looking for the small padlock at the beginning of the address bar once you click the link.
Give a scrap car!
Do you own a vehicle that you want to sell or get rid of? Then please think about donating it to us through Giveacar!
Giveacar raises money for UK charities by scrapping and selling old cars. They provide a nationwide FREE service which:
Arranges the collection of the vehicle from your home for FREE; and
Recycles it at an authorised facility or sends it to auction (depending on its age and condition).
Scrap donations raise about £35 for the charity (depending on the price of metal) while auction cars can raise much more.
To arrange the donation of a car, visit www.giveacar.co.uk or call 020 7736 4242, quoting (Give a Kidney) as your preferred charity.
If you feel that donating a kidney is something you could consider, that is great. However, we recognise that not everyone will feel it is something they could or should do, and some people will not able to donate, even if they want to. If you’d still like to do something there are many other ways you can help people in need. Most of us would be willing to accept an organ if we needed one, but there are many people who are still not on the Organ Donor Register, allowing your organs to be used after your death to help people in need. If you have not already done so, please sign the Organ Donor Register now, and don’t forget to discuss your wishes with your closest relatives and friends. You may also like to consider giving blood or joining the Anthony Nolan Register to donate Stem Cells to help beat Blood Cancer.