The man, who goes simply by Tom, featured on Channel 4's Steph's Packed Lunch on Thursday to tell the nation about how he doesn't charge money for his sperm, and is willing to travel the length and breadth of the UK to deliver his ejaculate to women who want children.
Tom has been a sperm donor since 2011 and told his future partner about it on their first date#PackedLunchC4 pic.twitter.com/4EDuPKd3ly
- Steph's Packed Lunch (@PackedLunchC4) October 8, 2020
He explained: "In 2011 I read so many news stories about shortages at sperm banks and I thought I'd go ahead and apply.
"I did qualify at one of the more reputable sperm banks in the UK and donated there.
"Then I did learn there are people who would prefer to meet the other person who would be contributing DNA to their child.
"There is a cost issue. Some people, I find, feel a lot better getting to meet the person and even knowing a number of things, like they could help with siblings in the future...
"If they have a teenager one day who desperately might want to meet their biological father, I've always told them I'd be happy to do that. Those are options they don't get through a sperm bank."
Hey, maybe this guy is actually a hero, after all. The women get the kids that they want, and Tom seems fairly happy just to help out.
So long as everyone's OK with that, and the kids are healthy and happy, is there really anything so odd about this?
When pressed about whether he charges for his - let's say - services, Tom said: "I've been out of pocket to travel to people to help them.
"It feels like such a meaningful thing I've been able to do."
Tom also opened up on how the 'process' usually goes down. It's pretty simple, really.
He continued: "Most of the time I'll go to their home. We might drink tea in their living room and chat for a good while.
"Then I just go into the bathroom and give them a syringe then head out. Sometimes we'll video chat before we meet or talk on the phone. It's good to build trust."
As for who is eligible for the aforementioned services, Tom added: "I will help anyone if I think the child will be loved."
There's even a guarantee, in the unlikely event that two half-siblings actually meet and are unaware that they're blood relatives.
Tom explained: "We have a Facebook group that the people I've helped are in. I've also created anonymous ways for them to be able to check if a person might be a half-sibling, using encryption."
Steph's Packed Lunch airs every weekday on Channel 4 at 12.30pm.
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