COVID-19 is clearly having an impact on all areas of life, and organ donation and transplantation have been significantly impacted. Although the situation is changing on a weekly (and sometimes daily) basis, we’ve gathered some answers to commonly asked questions about living donation in the context of COVID-19. If you have a question that isn’t […]
From 20 May 2020, the law around deceased organ donation in England has changed. As in Wales, all adults in England are now considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. This is commonly […]
We have been aware that some living donors were incorrectly advised to ‘shield’ during the Coronavirus pandemic. We have double checked with NHSBT and living donors do not need to shield, unless they have another of the underlying health conditions. If you are at all unsure please check with your unit or GP.
It is with great regret that, given the current and fast-developing situation with Covid-19, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Give a Kidney Conference on 21 March. Everyone’s welfare was at the forefront of our minds in making this decision. We were aware that a number of people attending the conference are […]
This September non-directed kidney donor, Ray Duffy, I and his good friends Glenn (of Glenn Gordon Mountaineering) and Neil Busby (of Climb Caledonia Ireland) climbed the iconic Scottish sea stack, The Old Man of Hoy. At night. The climb was special for Glenn as in January 2018 he had a bad climbing accident and was […]
Just before Christmas 2018, we were delighted to help facilitate some press coverage for a non-directed donor meeting her recipient for the first time. Enormous thanks to Teresa Dobson (donor), Joe Salvatore (recipient of Teresa’s kidney) and Joe’s daughter Carmel Dalby who donated onwards as part of a chain, for allowing us to be there […]
Here’s a heart-warming ITV piece about a rather special man, Nicholas Crace, who donated a kidney to a stranger at 82, celebrating his 90th birthday with fellow kidney donors. Congratulations Nicholas – you have inspired many other donors through your story. Watch it here
Interesting and informed piece from The Guardian about the impact of the UK Kidney Sharing Scheme and the impact of non-directed kidney donors as ‘gamechangers’. Read more here Re
An episode of BBC Inside Out South, shown on Monday 10 September, follows two people who are willing to undergo life-changing surgery to help a complete stranger by donating one of their kidneys. You can watch the programme here: Inside Out South on 10th Sept 2018 We are grateful to Jack, as well as to all of […]
The BOUnD study is inviting all potential kidney donors in the UK to share their experience of the donation process. If you have considered being a donor and have made contact with a transplant professional or a transplant centre, the study team would like to hear from you – whether or not your donation is […]
We are enormously saddened to share news of the passing of our great friend and colleague Dr Chris Burns-Cox on 29 June, 2018. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]