Personal Stories

Barbara Ryder

Barbara Ryder donated a kidney in 2007. She was the UK’s second altruistic donor.

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Chris Boustead received a kidney in 2011

Chris  Boustead, aged 41 from Sussex, received a kidney from an altruistic donor in  2011, after waiting more than three years. “My transplant operation gave me back the  joy of life. I had got used to life on dialysis and thought I was getting on all right. I was surrounded by people in the same […]

Claire Ramsden, Psychologist, donated in 2013

Claire Ramsden from Kirkham, Lancashire gifted one of her healthy kidneys to a stranger in 2013. “As a Platelet Donor, and previous to that a Blood Donor, the idea of donating was not unusual for me, however it was fairly recently that I found out about living kidney donation through the media. Until then I […]

Clare Bolitho

Clare wanted to help her recipient to “restart” her life.

David Hemmings

David is a retired civil servant and magistrate who lives in Devon.

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David Hemmings – retired civil servant and magistrate

“Taking  into account modern surgical techniques, altruistic donation is not the big  deal many people think” David  Hemmings, aged 67, from Devon, a retired civil servant and lay magistrate, donated a kidney in  2010. Probably the most frequent question I have been  asked has been, “Why?” For me, this was fairly simple and straightforward; I  […]

Di Franks

After donating a kidney, Di set up a website:

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Di Franks – runs a website for kidney donors

My heart told me to do it. DIANA’S STORY Di Franks, aged 58, from West Berkshire, is an altruistic kidney donor who has written a blog about donating her kidney. You can read it at In 2010 I donated a kidney to someone I did not know. A friend of mine in the United […]

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Dr Chris Burns-Cox – retired consultant physician

“Pity I can’t do it again” Dr Chris Burns-Cox, consultant physician, Gloucestershire, and member of the steering committee of Give a Kidney – One’s Enough, donated a kidney in 2010 at the age of 72. I had been a doctor for 50 years and still felt a pity for the suffering of mankind – but […]

Helen Marston

Helen’s husband was initially horrified when he heard about her plans to donate a kidney.

James and Schmauzer

James Holdstock donated a kidney early in 2013 as part of a Paired Donation Scheme. Here is his story: Schmauzer and I were introduced in March – I was in Guy’s Hospital, having just donated my left kidney and Schmauzer was a gift from my wife and mother-in-law. I am part of a ‘Paired Donation […]

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Jenny Dale – Crime Scene Investigator

“The experience has changed my outlook on life.” Jenny Dale,  aged 46, a crime scene investigator from Dorset, gave a kidney in 2011. I had never had any connection with anyone with  kidney failure or anything to do with organ transplants. I happened to see a  news article about a three-way paired kidney donation, and […]

Jim Fatah has had two kidney transplants

I’d much rather have my transplant and feel healthy and well again than win the lottery. JIM’S STORY Jim Fatah, aged 60 from Surrey, has had two transplants because of Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP), an inflammation of the blood vessels which damages the kidneys. His first lasted just under a year, but the second one has […]

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Jim Fatah was on dialysis three times a week

Jim Fatah, aged 60 from Surrey, who received a kidney in 1999, describes what it  was like waiting for a transplant. Jim  Fatah had to have a kidney transplant because of a disease called Henoch-Schönlein  purpura (inflammation of the blood vessels), which he developed in his late  30s. In fact, he has had two transplants, […]

Joanna Kozubska

Joanna donated a kidney in 2012. “If I had three kidneys, I’d do it again,” she says.

John Fletcher

“The whole thing has been life-enriching beyond anything that I could ever describe. Of all the things I have done in my life, this one has been the happiest. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.”

Julie Saunders

Julie received a card from her recipient, which she looks at nearly every day.

Kay Mason

Kay was the UK’s first altruistic kidney donor.  

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Keith Parsons received a kidney in 2009

Keith Parsons, 52, from Plymouth received a kidney from an altruistic kidney donor in  2009. Here he describes what a difference it made to his life. “I’ll never forget the first time I ate liver and onions after my transplant. Nothing has ever tasted as good.” It was one of Keith’s favourite meals and one that […]

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Keith Parsons started dialysis in 2007

Keith Parsons, aged  52 from Plymouth, received a kidney from an altruistic donor in 2009. Here he describes what it was like waiting for a kidney  transplant. “I am someone who accepts whatever life brings  along. So I did get used to being on dialysis,” says Keith. “But there is no doubt that being dialysed  […]

Kenneth Dooley

“It’s just getting the word out, and getting more people to know about it…”

Liza Schuster

“I can’t say I enjoyed the process, but I’m really glad I did it.”

Luc Delauzun – Extreme sportsman

Luc Delauzun donated a kidney in the summer of 2011, when he was 25. LUC’S STORY “Six months after I donated I was in the best shape of my life. People don’t realise how little difference it makes to have one kidney.” Luc Delauzun donated a kidney in the summer of 2011, when he was […]

Mary Dixon

Mary Dixon first started thinking about donating a kidney 21 years ago, when she was training to be a nurse.

Natalia Aggiano

Natalia carries a picture of the kidney that she donated on her phone, and it’s also on her Facebook page.

Nicholas Crace

Nicholas, who is 83, donated a kidney in 2012. He is the UK’s oldest altruistic donor.

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Nicholas Crace, former charity director, aged 83

It was an easy decision for me to make. NICHOLAS’ STORY Nicholas Crace is a former charity director from Hampshire, gave a kidney to a stranger in spring, 2012. He was, at the time, the oldest person in the UK to have done so at aged 83 – although there have now been older donors. […]

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