An in-memoriam gift is a donation made after a loved one has passed away, whether this be through a collection at their funeral or a donation made by their friends and family.
If you'd like to, you can set up a My Star (MS) Tribute Page in memory of a loved one through our partner, Muchloved. You can use your tribute to express your feelings and celebrate their life in ways that are right for you, using words, pictures, music and even film.
There is no obligation on anyone to make a donation when setting up or visiting the page. However, if you wish, you can also use your tribute page to raise money in memory of your loved one. This could be by giving a gift on a special date, donating money raised at a family gathering, or taking part in a fundraising event.
We thought you might like to know why our pages are called My Star Tributes, shortened to MS Tributes. Our daily contact with people with MS has shown us that they refuse to let multiple sclerosis define them; that they transcend their diagnosis and derive strength. Thus MS also now stands for My Star.
If you would like more information about donating to the MS Trust in memory of a loved one, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 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.
"I started to support the MS Trust following the diagnosis of my sister in 2002 with MS. I wanted to support people living with the condition. The MS Trust's work allows me 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.
“My sister was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in 1990. I wanted to do something to help her, and other people with MS. So I contacted the MS Trust and said that I was organising an event to raise money to fund their work. The rest is history. Over the years I have fundraised for them in any way I can. I have taken part in every type of challenge event, organised events myself and have made and sold things. I know 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."