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Joining the Organ Donor Register

Six people die every week waiting for a kidney transplant in the UK. And there are over 5,500 people currently on the waiting list. Yet, due to a shortage of organs, only around 3,000 transplants are carried out each year.

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Why sign the Organ Donor Register?

Our report showed there are an estimated 7.2 million people in the UK living with chronic kidney disease. That’s more than 10% of the entire population.

It’s estimated that the demand for kidney transplantation could be as high as 12,000 every year by 2033.

Those who choose to donate their organs could transform the lives of many other people when they die.

Signing the register is a personal choice

Signing the Organ Donor Register is a personal choice, but remember to have a conversation with your family and close friends to ensure they can give permission for your organs to be used in the event of your death. This is essential even when the new legislative changes come into place. In the last five years, hundreds of families have declined the use of their loved one's organs despite them being on the Organ Donor Register.

Become a living donor

We've joined forces with and Give a Kidney, a charity devoted to living kidney donation, to raise awareness of living kidney donation and help more people understand what it means to be a living donor.

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