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AGM and Conference – 17 January, London

Give a Kidney’s AGM & Conference will take place on Saturday 17 January, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, West End, London. As well as reviewing the last year, we’ll be discussing plans for the future. It’s a great opportunity to meet non-directed donors as well as key medical staff, and this year there’ll be a special guest in the form of Richard Pitman, former jockey and BBC presenter. There’s also a free lunch! If you are a kidney donor, recipient, considering donating or just want to find our more you will be most welcome. The event is free but please book your place by clicking here. We hope to see you there.

Latest statistics on non-directed donation

Latest statistics from NHSBT: 10 more non-directed kidney donations took place in the UK during November 2014. This brings the total number so far to 356! Click on the graph below to see a larger version. Congratulations and well done to all the donors and their recipients. We wish you all speedy recoveries.

Donations chart at Nov 14

Watch two Sky News Interviews with non-directed donors

Watch two new films:

Sanjiv Gohil talks about his decision to give a kidney to a someone he does not know.

Extraordinary people who have donated kidneys to people they do not know tell why they did it

Altruistic or non-directed donation is the giving of a kidney, from a living person, to a stranger who has kidney failure.

We aim to publicise why more living kidney donors are needed and to support people who are considering this type of donation.

Patients with kidney failure have the option of dialysis or transplantation when both their kidneys fail. A kidney transplant can provide patients with freedom from regular dialysis, a better quality of life and longer life expectancy. Unfortunately, very few patients have someone who can give them a kidney, and on average most patients have to wait on dialysis for two to three years before a kidney becomes available on the national deceased donor transplant waiting list.

Although the UK performs more than 2500 kidney transplantations a year, there are around 6000 people waiting for a kidney transplant, and around 300 people in the UK die each year in need of a kidney.

Despite the shortage of donors, we know that many people would be willing to donate a kidney if they knew how to do so.

Our aim is to raise awareness of kidney donation and support people through the giving process.