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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.

Save the date for a Fundraising concert – 16 November

We’re delighted to announce that we are partnering with the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London with a special Fauré Requiem Concert, being held on the evening of Wednesday 16 November at the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, London. It will mark a very special date for the charity – and half the ticket income will […]

Living Donation information evening – Glasgow, 5 September

An informal information evening for people interested in becoming a live donor is being hosted by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) at Glasgow City Chambers on Monday, 5 September. Marc Clancy, consultant transplant surgeon, will host a panel of experts made up of donors, recipients, surgeons, nephrologists, and transplant co-ordinators. They will discuss the […]

ITV’s Real Stories with Ranvir Singh – 14 July, 7.30pm

14 July, 2016 Tonight’s ITV’s Real Stories with Ranvir Singh features the story of Julie Hughes and David Evans. Julie donated a kidney anonymously back in 2014. ITV was there to capture the special moment she met the man who received it for the first time!  It airs at 7.30pm across the ITV network. Big thanks […]

End of financial year statistics from NHSBT (2015-16)

Another 9 non-directed (altruistic) kidney donations took place in the UK during March 2016 – making a total of 83 people people who donated in this way in the last financial year. Although, disappointingly, this is a slightly lower number of donors than came forward in the previous two years, the great news is that […]

Adnan Sharif nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

One of the medical professionals closely involved in Give a Kidney has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Steering Committee member, Dr Adnan Sharif, a kidney consultant from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has been nominated for the prestigious prize alongside colleagues from an international organisation set up to fight unethical organ transplants […]

Daily Mail piece about Rodger Webster

19 April, 2016 Great piece in the Daily Mail about Blood Donor and non-directed kidney donor, Rodger Webster who may have saved up to 1500 people through his generous donations. Read it here

Become a Give a Kidney Ambassador

Would you like to help raise awareness of non-directed altruistic kidney donation and support Give a Kidney? Give a Kidney Ambassadors are people who are willing to work with the charity to increase public awareness of non-directed living kidney donation. This might be by engaging with the media, giving a presentation to a local group, […]

Scrapping your car? Support Give a Kidney.

Do you own a vehicle that you want to sell or get rid of? Then please think about donating it to us through Giveacar! Giveacar raises money for UK charities by scrapping and selling old vehicles. They provide a nationwide FREE service which: Arranges the collection of the vehicle from your home for FREE; and […]

New research into transplant candidate attitudes to non-directed donation

Pippa Bailey, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol and Honorary Renal Registrar, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, together with other colleagues has published a new report. The report looks into the attitudes of kidney recipients towards non-directed altruistic donation.  The findings are published in the link below: […]

Eight pensioners with only eight kidneys meet at unique reunion

Calling themselves ‘The Squeezed Oranges’, a group of eight pensioners all of whom have donated a kidney in the last three years, they were guests at a lunch party given by one of them at the Walberton home of Cherry Williams, 68, who gave her kidney in 2014. Also attending were Judi McGetrick, 68, and […]