Give a Kidney

Give a Kidney is a registered charity. It was set up in 2011 by a group of people committed to promoting altruistic and non-directed living kidney donation.


NHS Blood and Transplant

NHSBT look after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This includes managing the donation, storage and transplantation of blood, organs, tissues, bone marrow and stems cells, and researching new treatments and processes.


Human Tissue Authority

The HTA regulate organizations that remove, store and use human tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, education and training, and display in public. They also give approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people.


Transplant Games

The British Transplant Games are an annual multi-sport event held over five days (Wednesday to Sunday), in different locations each year. They are open to anyone who has had an organ donation. The sports include track & field, swimming, tennis, table tennis, snooker, darts, archery, badminton, 5km walk, cycling (5 & 10km), 5-a-side football, bowls, ten pin bowling & volleyball.

Plymouth Transplant Games Team Flyer


Mayflower peer support group (Renal and pancreas)

The patient peer support group encompasses patients of Derriford Hospital who have chronic kidney disease, are undergoing dialysis or have received a kidney or pancreas transplant together with their carers. Any age is welcome

Mayflower peer support group leaflet


Become a peer support member

The Kidney Peer Support service involves kidney patients helping other kidney patients who are facing similar situations. It aims to give short term practical, emotional and social support to people with chronic kidney disease, their families or carers based on common experiences.

Peer Support Handbook for Plymouth


Pastoral & Spiritual Care (Chaplaincy)

Coming into hospital can often be a difficult time - both for the patient as well as their family and friends. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, via a pager through switchboard. Their role is generic for all patients, staff and visitors and includes pastoral care (a listening ear), spiritual care (to help someone try to make sense of the situation) and, only if, the patient or family wish, faith support from all major religions

Pastoral & Spiritual Care webpage

Pastoral and Spiritual Care Leaflet


Friends of Derriford Kidney Unit

The Friends of Derriford are a small charity run by patients that attend the renal department at Derriford

Their aim, through fundraising and donations, is to provide those little extras that help make any hospital stay a little more comfortable for patients. 

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