The Gift Of Life

raising awareness of organ donation

A group of hospital ‘patients’ dressed in surgical gowns and pushing saline drips took to the streets of London to highlight the shocking fact that three people die every day in need of an organ transplant across the UK – equivalent to 21 people per week. 


The hard hitting initiative was commissioned By Channel 5 to raise awareness of the urgent need for more people to join the Organ Donor Register and marked the launch of the channel’s new series The Gift of Life, produced with support from NHS Blood and Transplant.


The three-part series follows the real-life journeys of patients in need of life-saving organ transplants. Filmed at the Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, each episode focuses on patients as they wait in hope for organs to become available before their window for life saving surgery closes forever.

A camera team captured the reaction of passers-by as the ‘patients’, played by actors, were spotted in locations across the capital including  Oxford Street, Victoria and Westminster Bridge. 

A team from the channel accompanied the ‘patients’ dispensing information on how to join the Organ Donor Register.  

There are currently around 7,000 people on the UK transplant waiting list.  Three people on average die each day in need of an organ transplant – equivalent to 21 people per week and over 1,000 per year.  Brits are urged to consider registering as an organ donor, letting family and friends know of their decision so that more of these lives can be saved.