Living donation

Become a living donor and give someone the greatest gift of all

Every year more than 250 patients die waiting for a kidney transplant, due to a shortage of organs. We need living donors to help save lives.

Why we need living donors

Unfortunately there are not enough kidneys donated from people who have died for everyone who needs a transplant. The average waiting time for a kidney transplant from someone who has died is approximately 2 years and in rare cases can be over 5 years.

The good news is:

  • we have 2 kidneys and a healthy person can lead a completely normal life with only one working kidney
  • people's lives can be changed by a living donation, resulting in shorter waiting times, avoiding dialysis and an improvement to the quality and length of someone's life
  • living donation is not just kidneys - a living donor could donate part of their liver to help someone else
  • anyone can be a living donor - there is no age limit.

Living donation stories

Christian Amodeo
Christian from Cardiff
Sharing the ultimate gift.
Hollie Bailey
Hollie from Caerphilly
A positive future thanks to donor dad.
Jacqui Robins
Jacqui from Cardiff
Inspired by a close friend’s sudden illness.

How to become a living donor

Details on eligibility, how to apply, and who to contact for more information.