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. In memory gifts are not only a wonderful way to celebrate a life, but they are also an incredibly thoughtful way to support the work of the MS Trust and those affected by MS.
Donate in memory
You can make a funeral donation by:
A collection at a funeral
Most funeral directors will oversee 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.
Please call a member of the fundraising team on 01462 476707, who will be able to help you.
Cheques should be made payable to the MS Trust and sent to MS Trust, Spirella Building, Bridge Road, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4ET.
Account name: MS Trust
Sort code: 60-13-08
Account no's: 41039734
Please let us know if you wish to make an in memoriam gift by bank transfer, so we can thank you personally once we receive your gift.
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).
'My Star' tribute page
A 'My Star' tribute page is an online tribute page and bereavement space, created by MuchLoved. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the life of someone special, and you can add personal words, pictures, music, and videos to the page. You can then share your page with family and friends from all over the world, who can add pictures and treasured memories with no obligation to make a donation.
You may decide to use your tribute page to raise money in memory of a loved one to help support our work. People can donate to your tribute page instead of flowers at a funeral or instead of presents at a family occassion.
Setting up a My Star (MS) tribute page is easy and free of charge. Simply visit the set up a My Star tribute page and follow the on-screen instructions.
We know this can be a very difficult time, and we are here to help. Please call a member of the fundraising team on 01462 476707 if you have any questions or need help setting up your page.
Stories of loved ones
Making a donation in memory of a loved one is a personal way to remember somebody special.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01462 476707.