The number of people in Britain donating their organs after death has surged 50 percent in the past five years, says the NHS Blood and Transplant service (NHSBT).
Each person who donates organs provides an overall average 56 years of extra life for the recipients, according to a specialist surgeon.
But doctors say the numbers of families refusing permission for organ removal remains among the highest in Europe and three people a day are still dying due to lack of suitable available organs.
The number of deceased organ donors across country reached 1212 in the 2012-13 year, up by half from 2007/08 after almost no increase in the number of deceased donors over the previous decade, the NHSBT said.
The sharp rise follows the appointment of a network of 250 specialist nurses who support bereaved families and discuss the possibility of organ donation with them.