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Our latest newsletter is out

The Give a Kidney latest newsletter is now available to read. It includes news on the Transplant Tour, personal stories, and the launch of the Make your Mark campaign.

An update on the Living Kidney Donor Programme

Give a Kidney has joined forces with Kidney Research UK to deliver the Robert Dangoor Living Kidney Donor Programme, made possible by businessman and philanthropist David Dangoor CBE.

Celebrating our first in-person event since 2019

We were delighted to welcome old friends and more recent donors to our recent Supporters’ Event in the beautiful setting of the Crypt in the Green, St James’s Church in Clerkenwell, London.

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Job opportunity: Living kidney donation relationship manager

Through our partnership with Kidney Research UK developing a new living donation programme, we are looking for a driven and passionate living kidney donation relationship manager who will play a pivotal role in developing and stewarding relationships to raise awareness of living kidney donation and increase the number of people considering living donation in the UK.  […]

New webinar: Living donation – back to basics

In this webinar we will be going right back to the basics of living kidney donation. Our panel, made up of Give a Kidney Trustees, will be answering all those questions you wanted to ask but were afraid to!

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Fundraising news: Thank you Giles!

On the last day of #organdonationweek Giles, a retired GP, ran the challenging 26 miles of the London Marathon and raised an amazing £841.14 for Give a Kidney. Funds like these help our small charity continue with activities such as our free webinars.

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Trustee, Chris, is first baton bearer at the Queen’s Baton Relay

Give a Kidney Trustee, Chris has the honour of being the first Batonbearer at the Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday (22 Jul). Birmingham is staging the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey across the Commonwealth, with The Queen’s Baton visiting all 72 nations and territories.


We’ve gathered some answers to commonly asked questions about living donation in the context of COVID-19.

Max and Keira’s Law introduced from 20 May 2020

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 […]

Living Donors and Shielding

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.

Climbing the Old Man for living donation

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 […]

Donor and Recipient meeting – a wonderful Christmas story

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 […]

ITV: non-directed kidney donor celebrates a very special birthday

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

Potential Donors wanted for BOUND Study

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 […]

Tribute to Dr Chris Burn-Cox

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 […]

Kidney charities combine for living donation event – 18 July

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 […]

Kidney donor celebrates incredible Organ Donor Register achievement

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 […]

End of year statistics from NHS Blood and Transplant

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 […]