The DonorsSaveLives.org project was set up by Philip Barton as a means to raise awareness of organ donation and thereby encourage all of us to sign up to the UK Organ Donor Register. The site has a particular focus on organ transplants in children because this is an area that often gets very little attention (none of us wants to think about our kids getting sick), but it is important nontheless. The site contains links for charitable donations to well known sites, but you are free to substitute your own!
Are you a legitimate site? How do I know this is not a scam?
I don’t blame you for being cautious, there are a lot of scams around these days…however, this is not one of them! We do not want your money – we exist primarily to encourage you to join the UK NHS Organ Donor Register (or your own country’s organ donor registry if you are non-UK). If you chose to donate, then the links on this site forward you to a well-known third-party collection site that sends the money straight to the charities we have chosen to highlight: we do not ask for or take any money.
All the donor sign-up links on our site take you straight to the applicable (secure) NHS public site. If you go to the NHS site via this one then they can give us a simple total of how many sign-ups they have had, or how much money was pledged in the case of money donations (we only ever see overall totals, never any specific details). We can then use those statistics to track how well we are getting our message across.
What is the motivation behind the site?
The site was initially created by me as I have a personal interest in the topics it covers – namely transplantation and research into it. The personal motivation is that my son underwent major transplant surgery at the age of 2 in order to save his life. I can’t think of a better motivation than to give something back.
Over time the site – and it’s sister facebook page – have evolved from their original remit and now tend to cover a wider range of topics (especially the facebook page which is very busy).
Are you a registered charity?
We are not currently a registered charity and we do not hold or distribute funds. We have deliberately chosen to not go down that route at present to keep costs, paperwork, accounting etc to a minimum or zero. Instead we ask supporters to spread the word about the facebook page so we can get as much support going as possible and to contribute directly to the highlighted or related charities via our JustGiving pages (we do this so we can track the amounts raised, reclaim tax relief and comply with all UK legislation).
Who supports and pays for this site?
The site is supported by me, however I would welcome assistance if you think you can offer something to make it grow.
Can I use the text/images on this site?
Possibly. In general I’d prefer it if you linked back to this site as it means we generate traffic here and the source is kept in one place and is up to date, however if you have a specific purpose in mind that fits in with our cause then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the stories shown here are given with the consent of their respective parents and/or copyright owners and the entire site is copyright and you may therefore not take any text or images without consent.
I want to help!
Wow, thanks! Please email me at email@example.com with anything you can do to help.
We have no marketing budget but modern technology gives us new ways to work around that – please spread the word about www.DonorsSaveLives.org by
We rely soley on the generosity and support of you all – please take a few minutes to make this happen!
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Philip Barton, Founder of Donors Save Lives, 18th April 2010.
Last updated 01 May 2012.