National Gamete Donation Trust

National Gamete Donation Trust

The National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) raises awareness of the national shortage of sperm, egg and embryo donors in the UK. Its aim is to recruit donors to alleviate the shortage, and it provides information on egg, sperm and embryo donation and donor recruitment in the UK.

It works closely with clinics, donors, recipients, the Department of Health, the HFEA, other professional organisations and the media, and provides impartial and confidential information to all.


Support and advice

The NGDT works within the UK only (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) to provide information, advice and support to people wishing to become donors and to people who need donors.

The Trust runs a National Helpline (0845 226 9193); all calls, messages and emails are treated confidentially. There are also separate, closed mailing lists for donors and recipients to discuss issues related to donation. Enquirers can be put in contact with existing donors to find out more about what donation involves.


The Trust works with the Department of Health on campaigns to recruit donors, most recently the 'Have you got the balls'[1] campaign which ran in the Manchester area (2010-11).

The Trust is running a national Donor Satisfaction Survey[2] from July 2011 to July 2012. The aim is to gather information from UK donors about their experience, and about why people chose not to donate, and use it to improve donor care in clinics.

The Trust has improved awareness of the need for donors and recruited donors in ways that can be controversial. The 'Give a Toss'[3] campaign generated complaints but the Trust received over 500 enquiries from prospective donors over three months.


The Trust is funded mainly by a Section 64 Grant from the Department of Health.

Founding and members

The Trust was initiated by the Donor Conception Network (DC Network) and the Infertility Network (INUK) to develop and continue the work of NEEDS (The National Egg and Embryo Donation Society). It was founded on 2 March 1998 by a working group consisting of representatives from:

External links


  1. ^ Will sports fans have 'the balls' for sperm donation?
  2. ^ Donor Satisfaction Survey
  3. ^ Online ads for sperm donors called offensive

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