Donating A Kidney

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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  […]

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Paul van den Bosch – GP

“The risks are less than those of mountaineering or microlight flying.” Paul van den Bosch, GP, Surrey, and member of the steering committee of Give a Kidney –  one’s enough, gave a kidney in 2008, at the age of 53. I still find it difficult to say exactly why or  when I decided to look into […]

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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 […]

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