Remembering someone special

Many patients, their families, friends and other supporters of FORCE Cancer Charity request that money is donated to FORCE rather than, for example, flowers at a funeral. This is a very personal choice and we give a heartfelt thank you to families and friends for supporting us in this way.

FORCE receives, on average, £40,000 from In Memoriam donations each year. These gifts allow the work of the FORCE Cancer Support & Information Centre to continue; increase investment in Research at the University of Exeter Medical School and enable us to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for cancer patients at the RD&E Hospital in Exeter.

Common questions

How do you give monies In Memoriam?

The funeral director will look after all cash and cheques given by family and friends in memory.  Normally there is a collection plate at the back of the church or crematorium. We would recommend that gifts are placed in envelopes and sealed.  We have suitable envelopes available from FORCE and we would ask that any cheques should be made payable to FORCE Cancer Charity.

How do I make a donation if I am not able to attend the funeral?

Cheques can be sent to the funeral directors by those not able to attend the funeral service. For this reason donations can take up to 3 months to be sent to the charity. A letter of acknowledgement is sent out to the next of kin at this point.

Cheques can also be sent straight to the FORCE Cancer Support Centre at our address: FORCE Cancer Charity, Corner House, Barrack Road, Exeter, Devon  EX2 5DW

Can I set up an In Memoriam fund online?

Yes, you can create a page in memory of a relative or friend, collect donations for charity in place of flowers and allow fundraisers to raise money in remembrance. We work with Virgin Money Giving and their detailed step by step guide to set up your tribute page contains all the information you will need.

Creating a web page allows you to write a message about the person you are remembering and add a photo. Other friends and family members can donate on this page and memories can be shared. Funds from these pages will come directly to the charity.

Gift Aid your In Memoriam Donation

Did you know that if you Gift Aid your In Memoriam donation it could help us to support more people? Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we get an extra 25p from the Inland Revenue.  This means that for example a donation of £10 can be turned into £12.50 just so long as donations are made through Gift Aid.

There’s no extra cost to you – all you have to do is fill in a Gift Aid Declaration form. This means that if you can confirm that you are a UK tax payer, and that you are happy for us to reclaim the tax, all donations qualify – large or small, regular or one-off, and whatever the method of payment.

Please note: If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HMRC to adjust your tax code.

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