Call for people to consider donating kidneys

Bruce Findlay with his brother Brian. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Bruce Findlay with his brother Brian. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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music mogul Bruce Findlay has urged people to consider registering as organ donors to help save the lives of others.

The former Simple Minds manager, 71, donated his kidney to older brother Brian in 2010.

He said the organ had given his brother a quality of life he would not otherwise have enjoyed for five years.

Now aged 78, Brian’s body is finally rejecting the kidney, but Bruce, from the Capital, said: “I would do it again tomorrow if I could.”

Bruce remains determined to raise awareness of organ donation and the gift of life it offers those suffering from terminal conditions.

He will take part in a chat-show-style event in Edinburgh tomorrow night, when he will discuss with BBC Scotland presenter Janice Forsyth, his life and the music business, to raise awareness and money for the charity Kidney Research UK.

Speaking ahead of the event, he said: “Brian was dying when he came to me in 2008; giving him a kidney was a no-brainer and I’d do it again tomorrow if I could.

“My disappointment is it didn’t last longer. After five good years, it’s starting to fail now and he’s back on dialysis.

“My kidney has ultimately given up. It’s disappointing on that level, but on the other hand he got five years he wouldn’t otherwise have got.

“Kidney research and the funding of kidney research is so important. It should be commonplace if people get a kidney problem that it should be replaced.

“The problem is there aren’t enough donors. People die every day in Scotland from kidney failure while waiting for a transplant because there is no kidney available for them.”

Bruce and Brian grew up together and even launched a chain of iconic record shops in the 1960s. Bruce’s Records became the place for cutting edge music, and their iconic red carrier bags with “I found it at Bruce’s” logo.

Bruce later set up his own record label, Zoom, and managed a string of bands including the previously unsigned Simple Minds.

He helped the band, fronted by Jim Kerr, achieve world-wide popularity with number one hits including Don’t You (Forget About Me), which also featured on the soundtrack of The Breakfast Club in 1985.

He was also involved as the band appeared at Live Aid in 1985 and the Wembley Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert in 1988.

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