BBC Lifeline Appeal
Professor Mike Nicholson and his team at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust feature in a BBC Lifeline Appeal due to air on BBC One at 5pm on Sunday 26th July and repeated on Wednesday 29th July on BBC Two at 12pm. Radio presenter Lauren Laverne hosts the appeal which aims to raise awareness of the importance of research into improving transplantation success as well as the importance of organ donation. It focuses on the work of Kidney Research UK and more specifically, Professor Nicholson’s ground-breaking normothermic perfusion technique, which allows surgeons to revive a donor kidney in the lab and test whether it works or not before transplanting. The film features two patient stories – 10-year-old Matthew, who has been on the transplant list for 7 years and is desperate for a donor kidney to become available, and Deborah Bakewell, who become the first person in the world to have a transplant using the pioneering technique. Money raised from the programme will go to the Making Every Kidney Count Appeal. Further details available here.