Celebrate a life and make a lasting difference

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Celebrate a life and make a lasting difference

At Concern we know how very special donations given in memory of a loved one are. These unique donations speak of the love for the person they commemorate and celebrate their life by bringing a positive impact to many others.

If you have recently lost someone special please accept our sincere condolences. We are incredibly grateful to you for considering us at this difficult time.

Below are more details about different ways to celebrate your loved one’s life by supporting Concern, but if you would like to speak to someone directly, please call  0800 032 4001 or email us at [email protected].

 

 

Requesting donations in lieu of flowers

Many people choose to celebrate their loved one’s life by requesting donations instead of flowers at their funeral or memorial service. These very special gifts enable friends and family to show their love and respect by supporting a cause they were passionate about. These gifts bring the comfort of knowing that they will go on to make a lasting difference to some of the world’s poorest people in their name.

We are here to help in any way we can:

We appreciate organising a loved one’s funeral can be a difficult time and we are immensely thankful to you for considering requesting donations to benefit our work with the world’s poorest people.

If you would prefer to speak to someone directly please call us on 0800 032 4001 and we can give you all the information you need. Alternatively you can email us on [email protected]

Giving in memory at your loved one's funeral or memorial service: 

  • If you choose to make a collection in lieu of flowers, please make any cheques payable to Concern Worldwide UK and send them to: In Memory Giving, Concern Worldwide, 47 Frederick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LW
  • Cash donations collected at the funeral can also be sent by making an online payment by debit or credit card for the total amount collected here. We would very much appreciate if you could let us know the person this gift is commemorating by emailing us on [email protected].
  • You can also make your donation over the phone with a debit or credit card by calling us on 0800 032 4001.
  • Funeral directors are often able to help you collect all gifts and send them through to Concern. If these are made by cash, the funeral director will sometimes offer to bank them and issue a cheque for the total amount, which can then be sent to us.

 

Making a single or regular donation in memory

There are several ways you can make a very special gift to celebrate and remember your loved one’s life. You may wish to make a single donation or set up a regular gift in their memory. You can also choose for this gift to be made on special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries.

To make a single donation in memory:

  • Please use our online donation form. We would be very thankful if you could please let us know the person this gift is commemorating by emailing us on [email protected].
  • If you prefer, you can call us on 0800 032 4001 to make your in memory gift over the phone with a debit or credit card.
  • Alternatively, kindly make any cheques payable to Concern Worldwide UK and send them to: In Memory Giving, Concern Worldwide, 47 Frederick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LW

To set up a regular donation in memory:

  • If you would like to set up a monthly gift in memory, or if you would like to set up an annual gift to commemorate a date that has a special meaning to you, please call us on 0800 032 4001 so we can arrange this for you.
  • Alternatively you can download this form and send it with your details to: In Memory Giving, Concern Worldwide, 47 Frederick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LW

Keeping the memories alive with a Memorial Fund

A Memorial Fund is a special and simple way to celebrate your loved one's life with family and friends. It offers a central place to share memories, photos and videos, creating a lasting tribute for years to come. It can also help bring everyone together to fundraise and make a positive change in your loved one's name.

In Chloe's memory

Chloe

When Chloe, aged six, tragically lost her life in 2002, her family set up a memorial fund through Concern as a way to keep her memory and spirit alive. Since then, Chloe's family and friends have raised an incredible £25,000 from fundraising events and various sporting challenges over the years. Their efforts have helped to build a self-sufficient school in Kenya, and funded other education projects in the world’s poorest places, giving thousands of children the opportunity for a future free from poverty.

“Chloe loved school and we knew it would be a fitting tribute to our lovely girl; we wouldn’t have said it would still be going over 10 years later! It’s very rewarding – and we think she would approve.” Chloe's granddad, John, explains.

For Frances, Chloe's mum, the fund has provided the family with opportunities to come together over the years to remember and celebrate her life: "It's helped take the negative away and has made us focus on something positive. You know it's going somewhere good, you know people are benefiting from this... It's investing in thousands of children's futures."

How to create a Memorial Fund

Creating an online Memorial Page through JustGiving is simple and it only takes a few minutes. You can then start sharing it with family and friends and uploading photos, videos and comments. You can also use it to let everyone know about any fundraising activities in memory of your loved one, and have all individual collections and events added onto one fund so you can see the total amount raised in their name.

If you prefer, we can set up an offline Memorial Fund for you and keep you updated on the total raised.

Friends and family can contribute to growing the fund in a variety of ways. For example, by taking part in a sponsored challenge, by organising a fundraising event that brings everyone together to celebrate and share memories, or by making collections, single donations or setting up regular gifts to go to the fund on special occasions and anniversaries.

To help you grow your fund, you can find out about sponsored challenges and events you can take part in. You can also get ideas and support to organise your own fundraising event in memory of your loved one. These events can be a wonderful tribute to their passions, such as organising a bowling night, a dinner party or a Christmas carol singing collection.

Please get in touch on 0800 032 4001 or at [email protected] for help setting up your online or offline Memorial Fund, and for information and support making the most of your fundraising activity celebrating your loved one's life.

 

Choosing how your gift will transform lives

Donations made in memory are spent where the need is greatest, ensuring they have the maximum impact in helping some of the most vulnerable people in the world's poorest places tackle hunger and transform their lives.

If your loved one was particularly passionate about an area of our work, and you would like to chat about the possibility of supporting it in their memory, please call  0800 032 4001 or email us at [email protected].

Here you can learn more about Concern and our core programmes: 

Leaving a fitting tribute with a gift in your Will in memory

Choosing to support a charity and a cause is always a reflection of a person’s values and beliefs. Our supporters share our concern that still today, in a world where there is enough food to go around, children, families and whole communities suffer the devastating effects of hunger.

If your loved one shared these values, leaving a gift in your Will to a cause that meant so much to them can be a wonderful way to remember and celebrate their life, while making a lasting difference to the communities we work with.

You can find out more about leaving a gift in your Will here. Alternatively please contact us on 028 9026 8019 or email at [email protected].

A wish for a future free from hunger

If you are planning to write or update your Will, you can let your family and friends know your wish to have a collection for Concern in your memory. Just download and print a My Wishes card and keep it with your Will. 

We recommend you also share your wishes with your loved ones, should your Will be referred to after the funeral.