When making arrangements for a funeral, many people choose to request donations in lieu of flowers in memory of the person who has died.
On the day of the funeral, the minister or person leading the ceremony will be happy to announce that donations are being collected and which charity this is for. The funeral director can provide a collection box/plate for mourners to place their donations into at the end of the ceremony, after which, the funeral director will hand over to you, in a sealed envelope all the donations collected on your behalf.
If you decide to place an obituary in the local newspaper to tell people about the funeral, you can mention the donations in the notice. We are happy to collect these for you and our contact details can be added for people to send them to. We will accept cheques made payable to the charity at our branch, these will be collected together and kept for approximately 4 weeks then given to you or sent direct to the charity.
If there are neighbours, friends and relatives unable to attend the funeral that would still like to make a donation we suggest setting up a ‘Just Giving’ page. This is a website that collects donations on behalf of hundreds of UK charities, enabling the donator to give on-line via their credit or debit card.
‘Just Giving’- How does it work?
It is very simple to set up your own dedicated page in memory of someone. You select the charity you wish to raise money for, send the link to your page to all your friends, they make a donation and the money goes straight to the charity direct.
The benefits of using ‘Just Giving’
Each donation is eligible for ‘Gift Aid’, ‘Just Giving’ will collect this from HRMC on your behalf. So if someone donates £10, your chosen charity will receive £11.74.
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