The upturn in organ donors proved to be a lifesaver for singing heart patient Vincenzo Avanzato.
He spent 13 weeks on an urgent list awaiting an organ - knowing every day in hospital could be his last - before receiving the greatest Christmas gift of all.
Craig Boden was told he would not survive without a new liver.
But a new organ preserved his life with his partner and two young daughters.
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Ex-Spitfire pilot Allan Scott, 94, said he was told off by the Queen when he first met her in 1943 when she was just 16.
Last minute preparations are going on at the Church of St Mary Magdalene where Princess Charlotte will be christened.
Princess Charlotte is being christened on Sunday at Sandringham in Norfolk in only her second public appearance since she was born.