In March 2009 I became the first man in Scotland to take advantage of the new Human Tissue Act when I donated a kidney to a stranger. I am a trustee of the Give a Kidney charity (www.giveakidney.org) whose objective is to raise awareness that it is feasible for most of us to give a kidney and contribute to saving a life. We believe that if everyone was aware of this possibility then enough people are sufficiently generous that we could prevent anyone dying waiting for a kidney – at the moment someone dies daily waiting for a kidney. A Scottish branch of Give a Kidney meets every few weeks at a hotel in Edinburgh to discuss ways in which we can encourage more donors. Giving a kidney has brought me much happiness - it was one of the best things that I ever did and I would like everyone to consider the possibility for themselves.