Billed as the largest ever British Transplant Games, athletes from across the UK will converge in Birmingham on Thursday 2nd August to take part in four days of competitive sports activities, highlighting the lifesaving and transformational benefits of organ transplantation.
A rising proportion of people who die in need of a transplant is from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background despite more families in these communities supporting organ donation.
The family of one of the UK’s oldest donors this year is urging people to support organ donation no matter what their age.
A father who donated a kidney to his two-year-old son is one of the first people to become a living donor through a project to increase living kidney donation among black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.
In alignment with our 2020 strategy, NHSBT is developing a volunteer programme to empower individuals to promote education and awareness of organ donation in their communities.
Having discovered there was no UK-wide central register of people who wanted to donate, the Cox family led a public campaign for an organ donor register in memory of Peter Cox who died aged 24 and became a donor.
NHS Blood and Transplant needs around 60 heart valve donations a month to meet clinical demand, but is currently only getting around 40 donations, according to latest figures.
NHS Blood and Transplant has appointed Dale Gardiner as the UK’s new national Clinical Lead for Organ Donation.
For the first year ever, more than 1,500 people in the UK have donated their organs after they died and this means that more people than ever have had a transplant to transform their life.
NHS Blood and Transplant has warned of a worrying decline in living kidney donation as new figures hit an eight year low.