Some of our supporters choose to celebrate the life of someone who has passed away with a one off donation. Or, it could be that they are arranging a funeral or memorial service and decide to suggest that friends and relatives donate to the MS Trust rather than send flowers.
If you choose to ask for donations in lieu of flowers, this does not necessarily mean that there will be no flowers at a funeral. It often means that you have decided to limit floral tributes by inviting others, if they wish, to make a donation to charity.
If you would like more information about donating to the MS Trust in memory of a loved one, please contact us on 01462 476707 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 research to help people 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."
Linda Mitchell (pictured with her daughter Susannah) and her family had a difficult start to the year. Linda's aunt, Miss Marjorie Cowley died aged 102. Then, just a few weeks later, Linda's mother died aged 93. The Mitchell family wanted each of the funerals to be a celebration and reflection of the lives of two remarkable ladies.
They decided that in lieu of flowers they would ask for donations to be made to a charity. Linda's daughter Susannah was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004 and has direct experience of our work. It was at her request that the MS Trust was nominated, as "The MS Trust is known to, and appreciated by, our whole family".
The funerals were held just a few weeks apart. The chosen hymns and readings were different, reflecting the different personalities of these special ladies, but the charity chosen to benefit from donations in lieu of flowers remained the same. We feel particularly privileged for our work to be remembered in this very special way.