Donating A Kidney


When the Human Tissue Act 2004 became law in September 2006, this offered people the opportunity of becoming a kidney donor for the benefit of a stranger via the national matching and allocation system. More than 100 people have taken this opportunity and donated a kidney to a stranger.

Here are some of their stories.

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 Scheme'. ...

James and Boh monitor their fitness during the transplant process

James and Boh are monitoring their fitness and publishing reports on their blog: www.ourkidney.com

Luc Delauzun – Extreme sportsman

"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 25. Here is the speech Luc gave 3 months later. 'My name is Luc Delauzun and I’m ...

Nicholas Crace, former charity director, aged 83

“It was an easy decision for me to make.” Nicholas Crace, aged 83, a former charity director from Hampshire, gave a kidney to a stranger in spring, 2012. He was the oldest person in the UK to have done so. Nicholas Crace had good health and no dependents when his wife, Brigid, died in the ...

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, ...

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  ...

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 ...

Di Franks – runs a website for kidney donors

"My heart told me to do it." 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 www.livingkidneydonation.co.uk. In 2010 I donated a kidney to someone I did not  know. A friend of mine in the United States donated ...

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 ...