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Kidney Research UK

Organ donation - saving lives today


Why do we go into schools?

Organ donation saves lives, and in 90% of transplants are kidneys. There is a shortage of organs, and so every day in the UK three people die quite unnecessarily. People should learn about this subject, discuss and think about it, and then decide what difference this will make to what they do.


What do we do?

We are two, sometimes three, volunteers with the charity, and we do talks to students on organ donation, encourage them to think about the issues, and the reasons why people do, or do not, donate. The presentation is designed to engage, and is based on our personal experience, for Geoff has had a kidney transplant, it being a living donation from his wife Lily.


Key messages.

  • What is organ donation, and which organs can be used?
  • It works – it saves or transforms lives.
  • What is the organ donation register, and why doesn’t everyone want to join it?
  • How many have joined already, and why does this vary across the Country?
  • The future – new research, and could it even inspire some career choices?


What do teachers say about our work?

“Geoff and Lily have delivered engaging and thought provoking sessions to our year 10 and 11 students for the past three years. Their personal testimony was a key step in helping students empathise with others. Lots of information in a concise and logical way. I would recommend this service to you – I will certainly be asking them back into our classrooms again.”                              

Karen Reynolds, Head of Religious Studies, The Crypt School, Gloucester.

“Geoff and Lily came to all year 11 PSHE lessons to share their organ donation story and talk about the importance of organ donation. Sessions are informative and give students the chance to discuss and develop their own views so that they can make informed decisions. It could be facilitated in subject areas such as PSHE, Sociology, Psychology or R.E. I highly recommend this session.”            

Di Harrill, Head of PSHE, Newent Community School, and GHLL Lead Teacher.



Best for students in years 9 to13, and it can be designed to emphasise the ethical aspects, if wanted. The session lasts about 50 minutes, and is a PowerPoint presentation. We see to everything. We can be flexible about dates and times, and there is no charge.


Please contact. Geoff and Lily Gidley (Community Champions for “Kidney Research UK”)              glgidley@  Tel 01452 311199

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