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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. Giles donated his kidney to a stranger 12 years ago, reminding us […]

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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. Chris is running in Kenilworth and says: […]

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Diary of a Living Donor Transplant Coordinator

Here, Caroline Basarab-Horwath, our Trustee, shares a typical day in her role as Living Donor Transplant Coordinator at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Alarm is set for 6.00am. Children and husband prepared for an early start as it’s ‘theatre day’. I wake particularly nervous as today our donor who is a non directed donor […]


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 […]

10 years since the first non-directed donation in the UK

Kay Mason is determined not to be labelled as extraordinary but the 73-year-old grandmother from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, acknowledges she is marking a rather unusual anniversary this year. This summer Kay is celebrating the 10th anniversary of donating one of her kidneys to a complete stranger. Kay was the very first person in the […]

Stock Brook Manor Golf Club raises thousands for Give a Kidney

Billericay’s Stock Brook Manor Golf Club Seniors last year raised more than £4000 for Give a Kidney. As is tradition, each year, the Captain selects a charity for the club to fundraise for throughout the year. 2016 captain, Shoky Visram (65) selected this charity after receiving a kidney from his daughter in 2013. He explains: […]

BBC Radio 4: The Organ Donor Beauty Pageant

Is it fair to find your own kidney donor on the internet? UK patients who need new organs are using social media to advertise their plight and appeal directly for a Good Samaritan who’s willing to share their spare kidney with a stranger.  Listen here.

New Living Donation films from NHSBT

We’re pleased and delighted to have supported NHS Blood and Transplant in the creation of suite of new information films around living donation – many thanks to all the members who took part and shared their experiences. We hope these will support people who might be considering donating a kidney to someone they love or […]

Latest stats from NHSBT (2016)

The end-of-year statistics from NHSBT show that in 2016, 85 non-directed donors helped to create 126 kidney transplants (59 people donated directly to someone on the waiting list and 26 into long or short altruistic donor chains.) The figures are slightly down on 2015, where there were more donors, however, the numbers of transplants triggered […]

BBC Victoria Derbyshire show talks about organ donation

Kidney donors, Tracey Joliffe and Clare Bolitho along with recipients of donated organs talk to Victoria Derbyshire about the importance of organ donation and share their stories. It begins at about 52 minutes, with a further slot at around 1hr 45 minutes into the piece. Thanks to all who participated.

BBC World Service Programme on organ donation

Listen online BBC World Service’s The Why Factor on organ donation featuring Give a Kidney founder Nicholas Evans and non-directed donor Peter Pope.  

September 2016 Statistics

The total of number of non-directed kidney donors in the UK is now 517. Well done and congratulations to all involved.  

500 non-directed donors officially announced today

21 September, 2016 Today, with NHS Blood and Transplant, we’re officially announcing the 500th non-directed donation in the UK has taken place. From us to all of the 500 and to the medical teams who make non-directed donation possible we say THANK YOU and we wish the 500 recipients and their donors on-going good health. […]

Fundraising Event: Fauré Requiem Concert – London, 16 November

Fauré Requiem Concert – London, 16 November   We’re delighted to announce that we’re partnering with the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London for a Give a Kidney fundraiser. A special Fauré Requiem Concert will be given by Worcester College, Oxford on the evening of Wednesday 16th November at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London. […]

Celia Kent’s 101 donations

12 September, 2016 Celia Kent recently celebrated 101 donations – 100 of blood and one kidney! Celia began donating blood in 1963 and made her 100th donation at the West End Donor Centre last week. She donated a kidney to someone on the national transplant waiting list in 2015. Celia, who is 72 and from […]

Non-directed donor is Scot of the Week!

7 September, 2016 Retired Social Worker, Kate Douglas, from St Andrews in Scotland became a non-directed donor at the age of 74. She was recently celebrated as Scot of the Week by No. 1 Magazine. You can read more about her here.