The National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) was founded to raise 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 gamete 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.
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 2nd March 1998 by a working group consisting of representatives from:
The Trust is funded mainly by a Section 64 Grant from the Department of Health.
The Trust runs a National Helpline (0845 226 9193) and all calls, messages and emails are treated confidentially - the opening times are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm and Tuesday and Thursday 11.00am - 7.00pm. Enquirers can also contact the Trust by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at PO Box 2121, Gloucester, GL19 4WT.
The NGDT works within the UK legislation and so provides callers with details of UK licensed clinics. If callers ask about going abroad for gametes/treatment, the Trust can provide UK information for comparison purposes, advising people to research extensively and then make an informed decision, based on knowing what happens here and what happens abroad.
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