The National Gamete Donation Trust
(NGDT) was founded to raise awareness of the national shortage of sperm
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.
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:
The Trust is funded mainly by a Section 64 Grant from the Department of Health.
The NGDT works within the UK only and so provides callers with details of those UK fertility clinics licensed to practice egg, sperm and embryo donation under on UK law. The Trust runs a National Helpline (0845 226 9193); all calls, messages and emails are treated confidentially.