... Tony said that when he first went on the register he was not aware that his ethnicity might delay his chances of getting a kidney.
Statistics show that black and Asian people, like Tony, are over three times more likely to need a kidney transplant than the general population because they have a higher incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure, leading to kidney failure. And their chance of a successful transplant is greater if they get an organ from someone from the same ethnic group.
An Asian person waits an average of 1,496 days for a kidney transplant, compared with 1,389 days for a black recipient and 772 days for someone who is white.
In addition, nearly one in 10 of all cornea transplants carried out in the UK helps an Asian person regain their sight.
Asian people are more likely to need a cornea transplant because of keratoconus, a debilitating disease which usually affects both eyes, causing worsening vision distortion.
Furthermore, more than 6% of people on the liver transplant list are Asian.
This is because of viral hepatitis - types B and C - which can lead to liver damage, and liver failure is more prevalent in the Asian population.
"There is a shortage of organ donors of all ethnic backgrounds, but the problem is particularly acute among the black and south Asian communities.
"Transplants tend to be more successful when donor and recipient share the same ethnic background and the shortage of suitable donors means black and Asian people spend much longer waiting for a transplant.