Making a donation in memory of a loved one, is a very personal way to remember somebody special
When someone we love dies, we may find ourselves completely overcome with a range of emotions and decisions we have to make. Our thoughts often turn to the wishes they had and how we can ensure these wishes are respected. An in-memoriam gift is a donation made after a loved one has passed away. Not only is it a wonderful way to celebrate a life, but it is also an incredibly thoughtful way to support the work of the MS Trust.
There are several ways in which a donation can be made:
Through a collection at a funeral. This may be in lieu of flowers. Most funeral directors will over see this for you, so it is important to let them know that you have chosen to support the MS Trust. Should you need any help please contact a member of our fundraising team on 01462 476707.
By phone - 01462 476707 - please call a member of the fundraising team who will be able to help you.
By Post: cheques should be made payable to the MS Trust and sent to MS Trust, Spirella Building, Bridge Road, Letchworth Garden City. SG6 4ET.
Directly in to our bank account: Please let us know if you wish to make an in memoriam gift in this way so we can thank you personally once we receive your gift. Our bank details are -
Account name: MS Trust
Sort code: 60-13-08
Account no's: 41039734
If you are making a personal donation and you are a UK tax payer, you may be able to Gift Aid your donation. We can reclaim the income tax at no extra cost to you (25p for every £1)
Alternatively, you may want to set up a My Star Tribute page, please see below
My Star tribute page
A My Star tribute fund is an online tribute page. Not only is it a wonderful way to express your feelings and celebrate the life of someone special, but you can add to the page in ways that are personal to you, using words, pictures, music and even video. Family and friends can also add to your page with no obligation to make a donation, and you can share your page through Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms should you wish to.
You may decide to use your tribute page as a way to raise money in memory of your loved one to help support our work. Giving a gift on a special date, donating money raised at a family occasion in lieu of presents, or taking part in a fundraising event are all incredibly thoughtful ways to raise money for the MS Trust. Whichever way you choose to raise it, rest assured that every penny raised will be spent wisely to support people living with MS. Setting up a My Star tribute page is easy and free of charge. All you need to do is click here set up a My Star (MS) Tribute Page where you will be directed to Muchloved, and Simply follow the on screen instructions to create your page.
We are here to help, so please call a member of the fundraising team if you have any further questions or need help setting up your page 01462 476707
Graeme and Lorraine's Story
Graeme makes a regular monthly donation to the MS Trust in honour of his sister Lorraine Macdonald (pictured) who sadly passed away in September 2014.
Graeme started to support the MS Trust following the diagnosis of his sister in 2002 with MS. He wanted to support people living with the condition. The MS Trust's work allows him to do this.
"Amid Lorraine's kindness, loyalty and dedication to good causes we will particularly remember her inner strength, especially in view of the illness that caused her so much suffering. Throughout the time she was affected by MS she upheld an enduring sense of humour and love of life."
"Lorraine's life was so strongly linked to helping others that it is only natural to continue this relationship in her memory."
Kenny and Kathleen's Story
Kenny organises events in memory of his sister Kathleen Painter (pictured) who sadly died in 2014, such as The Kathleen Painter Isle of Wight Cycle Challenge and The Kathleen Painter Hadrian's Wall Trek, which raise much-needed funds for the work of our charity.
Kenny's sister was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 1990. He wanted to do something to help her, and other people with MS. So he contacted the MS Trust and said that he was organising an event to raise money for the charity. The rest is history. Over the years he has fundraised for the MS Trust in any way he can. He has taken part in every type of challenge event, organised events himself and has made and sold things. Kenny knows how much the charity needs help with funding.
"Kathleen died on the 26th September 2014. At that stage I could have said, that’s it now and left it at that. But that was not what Kathleen would have wanted; it was not who she was. She would have wanted me to carry on and help other people with MS. It is my way of making something positive out of the overwhelming sense of loss I felt when she died."
"Her death made me want to up my game, raise more awareness and money. So organising annual challenges in Kathleen's name made sense, it raises funds, makes me happy and it brings like-minded people together. It is my way of showing my love for her, remembering her and keeping her name alive."
David and Rosemary's Story
David has set up a bursary fund to help train health professionals, in memory of his wife Rosemary.
Despite very active MS for nearly 15 years, Rosemary remained a full-time practising doctor (radiologist). She felt a huge gratitude to the MS Trust, for its support when she was seeking the appropriate treatment and in helping her to explain her illness to those around her. Both played an important role in allowing her to remain professionally active. The treatment also allowed her to remain fully active at home and with her family.
"She particularly supported the MS Trust’s work to educate and support specialist nurses. In her own professional life, she took an active interest in medical education, teaching medical students, nurses and radiographers. She became academic Sub-Dean for teaching at her hospital Trust, and was also a trustee of the national body which supports radiographers’ professional education."
"When she was well, she took part enthusiastically in MS Trust fun runs and other fundraising events. When she died, after a short MS-related illness, it seemed good to recognise all these interests by giving a lump sum to the MS Trust as a bursary fund for MS education expenses.
"Rosemary is terribly missed by her family and friends of course, but also by a wide circle of those alongside whom she worked. We hope the bursary fund in her memory will support MS Trust’s valuable work in specialist training."
If you would like more information about donating to the MS Trust in memory of a loved one, please contact us on email@example.com or call 01462 476707.
Leave a gift in your will
By remembering the MS Trust in your will you can support people with MS as they face a lifelong and uncertain journey.
Where there’s a will…
When Vicky Edwards was buying her first property it made her realise how important it was to make a will. As well as ensuring her loved ones were provided for, it was also a great opportunity to support her favourite charity.