Give a Kidney and Kidney Care UK are to join forces to present a special Living Donation Information event at the Verulamium Museum in St Albans on Wednesday 18 July at 7pm. We are encouraging local residents to attend to find out ore about how lives can be transformed by donating a kidney as a […]
We are enormously saddened to share news of the passing of our great friend and colleague Dr Chris Burns-Cox. Chris was one of the founding members of Give a Kidney and has remained a driving force and a trustee of the charity throughout its existence. His incomparable passion, enthusiasm and his tremendous commitment to raising […]
Merseyside Kidney Donor celebrates World Kidney Day with incredible Organ Donor Register achievement LISTEN TO PAUL ON BBC RADIO MERSEYSIDE (about 42 minutes into the programme) here. Paul Dixon, a Merseyside man who donated one of his kidneys to a stranger on his 65th birthday, is celebrating World Kidney Day (8 March) and the fifth […]
The Give a Kidney Spring 2018 newsletter is now available: Click here to download a pdf. Many thanks to all those who have contributed and to Viv Calderbank for designing this.
New statistics from NHSBT show that at end of December 2017, 634 people in the UK had donated a kidney as a non-directed altruistic donor (86 in 2017 alone). More than 120 of these donors facilitated chains, enabling 2 or 3 transplants to take place which may not otherwise have been possible. Congratulations and thank […]
Kay Mason is determined not to be labelled as extraordinary but the 73-year-old grandmother from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, acknowledges she is marking a rather unusual anniversary this year. This summer Kay is celebrating the 10th anniversary of donating one of her kidneys to a complete stranger. Kay was the very first person in the […]
Billericay’s Stock Brook Manor Golf Club Seniors last year raised more than £4000 for Give a Kidney. As is tradition, each year, the Captain selects a charity for the club to fundraise for throughout the year. 2016 captain, Shoky Visram (65) selected this charity after receiving a kidney from his daughter in 2013. He explains: […]
Is it fair to find your own kidney donor on the internet? UK patients who need new organs are using social media to advertise their plight and appeal directly for a Good Samaritan who’s willing to share their spare kidney with a stranger. Listen here.
We’re pleased and delighted to have supported NHS Blood and Transplant in the creation of suite of new information films around living donation – many thanks to all the members who took part and shared their experiences. We hope these will support people who might be considering donating a kidney to someone they love or […]
The end-of-year statistics from NHSBT show that in 2016, 85 non-directed donors helped to create 126 kidney transplants (59 people donated directly to someone on the waiting list and 26 into long or short altruistic donor chains.) The figures are slightly down on 2015, where there were more donors, however, the numbers of transplants triggered […]
Kidney donors, Tracey Joliffe and Clare Bolitho along with recipients of donated organs talk to Victoria Derbyshire about the importance of organ donation and share their stories. It begins at about 52 minutes, with a further slot at around 1hr 45 minutes into the piece. Thanks to all who participated. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b088sfzc/victoria-derbyshire-17012017
Listen online BBC World Service’s The Why Factor on organ donation featuring Give a Kidney founder Nicholas Evans and non-directed donor Peter Pope. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04bygvr
The total of number of non-directed kidney donors in the UK is now 517. Well done and congratulations to all involved.
21 September, 2016 Today, with NHS Blood and Transplant, we’re officially announcing the 500th non-directed donation in the UK has taken place. From us to all of the 500 and to the medical teams who make non-directed donation possible we say THANK YOU and we wish the 500 recipients and their donors on-going good health. […]
Fauré Requiem Concert – London, 16 November We’re delighted to announce that we’re partnering with the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London for a Give a Kidney fundraiser. A special Fauré Requiem Concert will be given by Worcester College, Oxford on the evening of Wednesday 16th November at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London. […]
12 September, 2016 Celia Kent recently celebrated 101 donations – 100 of blood and one kidney! Celia began donating blood in 1963 and made her 100th donation at the West End Donor Centre last week. She donated a kidney to someone on the national transplant waiting list in 2015. Celia, who is 72 and from […]
7 September, 2016 Retired Social Worker, Kate Douglas, from St Andrews in Scotland became a non-directed donor at the age of 74. She was recently celebrated as Scot of the Week by No. 1 Magazine. You can read more about her here.
5 September, 2016 The Liverpool Echo talks to Paul Dixon, a non-directed donor who has gone on to sign up 6000 people to the organ donor register. Find out more about Paul’s story and how he’s managed it here.
We’re delighted to announce that we are partnering with the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London with a special Fauré Requiem Concert, being held on the evening of Wednesday 16 November at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London. It will mark a very special date for the charity – and half the ticket income will […]
An informal information evening for people interested in becoming a live donor is being hosted by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) at Glasgow City Chambers on Monday, 5 September. Marc Clancy, consultant transplant surgeon, will host a panel of experts made up of donors, recipients, surgeons, nephrologists, and transplant co-ordinators. They will discuss the […]
14 July, 2016 Tonight’s ITV’s Real Stories with Ranvir Singh features the story of Julie Hughes and David Evans. Julie donated a kidney anonymously back in 2014. ITV was there to capture the special moment she met the man who received it for the first time! It airs at 7.30pm across the ITV network. Big thanks […]
Another 9 non-directed (altruistic) kidney donations took place in the UK during March 2016 – making a total of 83 people people who donated in this way in the last financial year. Although, disappointingly, this is a slightly lower number of donors than came forward in the previous two years, the great news is that […]
One of the medical professionals closely involved in Give a Kidney has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Steering Committee member, Dr Adnan Sharif, a kidney consultant from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has been nominated for the prestigious prize alongside colleagues from an international organisation set up to fight unethical organ transplants […]
19 April, 2016 Great piece in the Daily Mail about Blood Donor and non-directed kidney donor, Rodger Webster who may have saved up to 1500 people through his generous donations. Read it here
Would you like to help raise awareness of non-directed altruistic kidney donation and support Give a Kidney? Give a Kidney Ambassadors are people who are willing to work with the charity to increase public awareness of non-directed living kidney donation. This might be by engaging with the media, giving a presentation to a local group, […]
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 vehicles. They provide a nationwide FREE service which: Arranges the collection of the vehicle from your home for FREE; and […]
Is donating blood and organs a Christian duty? What do you think? Read the article here.
74 year-old Jean Short talks to the Daily Mail about why she donated a kidney. Read it here Image: Richard Cannon
Give a Kidney member John Fletcher was recently featured in the Independent talking about how donating a kidney has prompted him to launch an organ donation drive in Scotland. We hope to work closely with John and his colleagues going forwards. Read the piece here.
Siblings Kevin and Stefan Burke both decided to donate a kidney to a stranger. They tell their story in the Daily Mirror.