Hi there, we see you're using OS, why not try our app?
Download
Skip to main content

Living lifesavers

Could you help save someone’s life... through living kidney donation?

In the UK, around 5,000 people need a kidney transplant to transform their lives, but due to a shortage of organ donors, hundreds of patients die each year waiting for a transplant.

Unfortunately, there are not enough kidneys donated from people who have died, so we need more people to think about making the incredibly generous decision to donate a kidney while they’re alive.

Across the UK, a humbling 700 people have donated anonymously to someone on the UK Transplant Waiting List. They sit alongside the many thousands who have donated a kidney to a family member or friend.

Desperate need

Andy Stamps (pictured) donated a kidney to a stranger when he was just 31.

“I am signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, but there’s no guarantee I would ever get to be a donor
after I die, so I thought about doing it while I’m alive instead,” says Andy, who donated in 2016.

“Something triggered in my head that I could do something life-changing to help someone in desperate need.”

Following the donation, Andy received a letter from the lady who received the organ, "It made me cry to think that I helped someone do simple things we all take for granted, like going on holiday,” says Andy.

“I hope to meet her one day, but I am just happy that I have helped someone live a normal life.”

Find out more if you are considering becoming a living kidney donor, and watch our videos