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Tell your family you want to be an organ donor and help others

We need to get people across London talking about organ donation, to increase the number of lives saved.

Most people waiting for a transplant depend on others donating after they have died.

One in five people waiting for an organ transplant live in our capital city.

Six out of ten of those waiting are from black or Asian communities. For many of them, the best match will come from someone with a similar ethnic background, so we need more people from these underrepresented groups to donate.

Words save lives
Ask yourself; if you could save someone’s life when you die, would you?

Almost half of families approached in London about donating a relative’s organs do not go ahead. This is often because they are not aware of what their relative would have wanted.

Talking to your family today about donating your organs could save someone’s life.


What is the NHS Organ Donor Register?

It is a record of people’s decisions about organ donation. It is a way to legally register your choice to donate your organs and tissue to help others after you die.

Doctors will always prioritise saving your life, not someone else’s. Organ donation is only ever considered if this is not possible.

Over 2.5 million people in London are registered as organ donors. Join them!

Why do I need to tell my family I’ve registered as an organ donor?

Many people do not realise that their family’s support is needed for organ donation to go ahead. Letting them know what you’ve decided now makes it much easier for them to support your decision.


Three people die every day in need of an organ transplant.

You could help someone waiting for that vital call.

Don’t be swayed by misinformation!

Check out our myth-busting video here, you might be surprised by what you learn… 

Be inspired to talk!

Watch our videos to find out how organ donation or transplantation has affected families 

Tips for starting a conversation

It doesn't matter how you begin to talk about organ donation to your family. It's just really important that you do.

Check out our tips and amazing personal stories.

Tell your family how you feel about organ donation today.


3 tips to start a conversation

Try using a newspaper, TV story or social media post you've seen.

Explain how donating your organs and tissues will improve, or even save lives.

Tell them how you arrived at the decision to donate your organs.