Life Givers, BBC1

Before watching the first two Lifegivers programmes on BBC1, my slight worry was who is going to watch this? As posted previously, Cim and I are appearing on Thursday morning*, so that’s got an obvious attraction; we’re not fooled by the promise of Gabby Logan. But really, is it going to be just those families affected by organ donation?

Nadia Sawalha

Nadia Sawalha

Dr Jonty Heaversedge

Dr Jonty Heaversedge


Kate Jones

Giles Thrope

Giles Thorpe

I needn’t have worried. It’s very good – showing people’s seemingly endless capacity for generosity, the resolve they show in getting through a life crisis, and just how much people love their families. You’d have to be made of stone not to be moved. That is the draw for “normal” people.

The purpose of Lifegivers is more than mere entertainment – no matter how life-affirming the stories are. As a viewer, you are encouraged to go on the organ donor register and also to be a blood donor. You can really see what a dramatic difference transplants make to people’s lives – as it did with Cim’s, so let’s hope people are moved to sign up.

The target: 9 million more on the Organ Donor register in four years. That is a big ask. You can help sign up here.

If you have had a transplant, or are somehow involved as a donor, carer or in the medical profession, but part of the transplant online community The TX Space.

After Monday’s programme, double the number of people signed to the register as did in the previous whole week.

Update 2:
Just got the call from the Beeb that we’re no longer going to be on the programme. This is disappointing for us,  but supposedly, they’re pushed for room. I blame Gabby Logan. Maybe they’ll have us on Pimp My Ride after all.


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