Olivia Toulmin


Growing up, organ donation was not an unusual conversation in my household. Probably because the life we had together was thanks to the kindness of an organ donor and their family.

The year I was born, my brother - at just five years old - received a kidney transplant.  For 20 years, this kidney kept him going until it failed during my final year at university.  Not wanting him to face the waiting list a second time in his life, I decided to ‘share my spare’ and became his living donor in May 2017.  He has lived a happy, dialysis-free life ever since.

A few months after donating, I moved to Paris, where I studied for an MA in Literature and graduated with Distinction in 2018.  Now back in the UK, I am delighted to begin my career with LLGL, working towards making organ donation an ordinary conversation in every household.

Olivia Toulmin

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