Why funeral charity donations to Help for Heroes matter
Every donation helps us continue our work to provide much-needed support to our wounded veterans. Funerals are challenging times, but many families choose to remember loved ones with a funeral donation in their memory. When you choose to donate in this way, you not only ensure Help for Heroes can keep going, you also help the memory of loved ones live on through the fantastic work only made possible by donations made in their name. This important work includes:
Running support centres where wounded Heroes can receive specialist care
Psychological support for unseen wounds like depression, anxiety, and PTSD
Welfare assistance to make sure veterans have the tools they need to adapt to their new lives
Raising vital awareness through projects like Cut the Clock to ensure every veteran has the support they need
Funeral etiquette: flowers or donation
Many people will choose to send flowers to the family to show they are thinking of them, but donations to a cause they hold dear is so much more meaningful. If you want to ensure that friends and acquaintances are supporting our Heroes instead of sending flowers, it’s essential to inform them of this choice and how they can make a funeral donation.
When you are informing guests of your loved ones’ funeral date, include the request for donations in place of flowers. If you are sending this digitally, this should also include a direct link to our donation page. This is one of the easiest and most secure ways of making a funeral donation and allows each guest to name who they are making the donation in memory of. Guests can donate as much or as little as they like, as a one-off or as a continued monthly donation.
How to make a donation at a funeral
There are several other ways you and your guests can make a funeral donation, whether that’s before, on the day of, or after the service.
Funeral donation box
If you want to collect your guests’ funeral donation on the day, one of the easiest ways is to use a funeral donation box. Guests can then contribute as they enter the service or throughout the reception. Please contact our team if you wish to use a funeral donation box, as we can provide official Help for Heroes collection envelopes or boxes and offer extra guidance in this difficult time. You will need to ask the owner of the venue if you can collect on the day, and we will also provide you with an event ID so all your funds, both from your box and made online, can count towards your memorial collection.
Creating a Hero Fund
Our Hero Funds allow you to create and donate to a Help for Heroes fund set up in the name of a loved one. Friends and family can view your Hero Fund online and donate on the same page for an easy, secure, and highly personal way to make a funeral donation. You can set your own goal and see how close you are to meeting it, and guests can leave messages if they wish.
FAQs about making a funeral donation:
What do I do with a cash funeral donation?
Cash donations should never be sent to us in the post. You can take the cash to a bank and pay your donation into our bank account:
Lloyd’s bank (Bank of Scotland for Scottish residents)
Account: ‘Help for Heroes’Sort Code: 30-90-21
Account Number: 03524452
Or you can write a cheque made payable to Help for Heroes and sent to:
Help for Heroes Donations Team
14 Parkers Close
Downton Business Centre
You may also prefer to donate the total via card payment made over the phone on 0300 303 9888.
Can I make Gift Aid funeral donations?
Yes, but only on single donations made by individuals online. Gift Aid allows you to increase the value of every donation. If you are a UK taxpayer, for every £1 you donate, we can claim an extra 25p from the government, at no extra cost to you. You will need to complete a Gift Aid declaration. If you are submitting the total donations made through a collection, we cannot apply Gift Aid.
Can Help for Heroes help fund a service fundraiser?
Help for Heroes funds go towards our much-needed work with wounded veterans, so unfortunately we cannot help finance any individual fundraising efforts.
Will my loved one be noted on the donations?
Yes, when you make your donations, please ensure that you mention it is on behalf of your loved one, along with their name, in the dedicated text field.
Other ways to donate in memory
There are several other ways that people can make a funeral donation that allow them to do so in their own time rather than on the day.
Creating a Facebook fundraiser
Social media is a powerful tool when it comes to raising awareness for worthy causes. A Facebook fundraiser makes it easy to reach out to everyone on your friends list so they can donate in memory. This also means even those who cannot attend the funeral in person can still show their respects by making a funeral donation via your virtual fundraising.
Purchasing Help for Hero items
Show your support and raise awareness with our beautifully designed products. A wonderful way of donating to a cause, purchasing a wristband, shirt, or any other product from our official shop is a lovely visual reminder of a loved one and the cause that was close to them. Unfortunately, purchases cannot be made in memory in the same way as donations.
Get in touch
For guidance on how to run a funeral donation at your service, please get in touch with our team, who can help in this difficult time. They can ensure you can honour your loved one by making a real difference in the lives of others.