A healthy person can lead a normal life with only one functioning kidney and therefore they are able to donate the other to help someone in need of a kidney transplant.

Live donor transplantation can help reduce the waiting times that would otherwise be experienced, waiting for a donation from someone who has died. Live donation can also help people for whom it is difficult to find a compatible donor.

Kidneys donated from living donors can be: 

  • Related – a blood relative within your family, such as your mum, dad, brother, sister, cousin or grandparent 
  • Unrelated – from someone the recipient has an emotional relationship with, such spouse, partner or friend 
  • Altruistic – from someone who has donated a kidney to someone in need who they do not necessarily know

Altruistic donation

Donating to someone you do not know

You can complete the form on the organ donation NHS website if you wish to register your interest in donating an organ to someone you do not know (non-directed altruistic donation).

Someone from the team will then respond to your query.

Please take a look at this leaflet to learn more about altruistic donations 

Alternatively, contact the live donor co-ordinators:

  • Harvinder Kaur Dulku: 0203 313 8145
  • Nicola McKenna: 0203 313 5322

Click here to ‘meet the live donor team'