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In Memory Charity Fundraising

In memory fundraising is a deeply meaningful way to honour those that we have lost.
30 May 2024

GoFundMe sees hundreds of people fundraising in memory of their loved ones. In memory fundraising is a deeply meaningful way to honour those that we have lost. Instead of traditional In Memoriam items like flowers or plaques, friends and family can donate to a specific cause creating a lasting tribute in their loved ones name. This form of fundraising not only preserves the memory of a loved one but also creates a positive impact for charity.

What types of ‘In Memory’ fundraisers do we see on GoFundMe?

Charities that Directly Impacted them

There are numerous Irish charities that profoundly impact individuals during their most challenging times. Irish charities such as Irish Heart Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, Epilepsy Ireland and Enable Ireland all provide the Irish people with essential services such as medical treatment, emotional support, and housing assistance. They leave a lasting imprint on those they help. We often see family members of these people raise funds in support of these organisations in memory of their loved ones who were impacted by these types of charities. Families honour their loved ones by supporting the vital work these organisations continue to do.

Charities Close to their loved one’s hearts

The Irish people are passionate and so many people have causes that are close to their hearts whether it be animal welfare, environmental conservation, or human rights, almost everyone you meet will have an Irish charity they passionately support. This dedication often extends beyond their lifetimes, inspiring their families to continue supporting these causes in their memory. On GoFundMe, it is common to see family members and friends creating a GoFundMe fundraiser for charities that their loved ones were deeply devoted to. By raising funds and awareness, families not only honour the memory of their loved ones but also contribute to the ongoing mission of these organisations, ensuring that the causes their loved ones cared about continue to receive the support they need.

Charities that will impact others

A significant amount of "In Memory" fundraising activity on GoFundMe is dedicated to Irish charities that focus on medical advancements, particularly in areas related to illnesses that have claimed the lives of loved ones. These campaigns are often initiated by families and friends seeking to honour the memory of those they have lost by supporting organisations striving to find cures, improve treatments, and advance medical research so that less families will have to lose their loved ones to these illnesses. For instance, charities such as the Irish Cancer Society, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and the Irish Heart Foundation frequently benefit from these heartfelt fundraising efforts.

For example, the loving family of John Lyne created a fundraiser entitled ‘Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust In Memory Of John Lyne’ for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust after his death.

John was tragically killed in a head-on collision in Canada. Within 24 hours of contacting Kevin Bell, John’s family were connected with an international funeral director and began the process of bringing him home.

In the wake of their own tragedy, John’s family have turned to GoFundMe to fundraise to honour John’s memory and to help Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust continue their vital mission of bringing loved ones home.

In supporting these heartfelt fundraisers on GoFundMe, we ensure that the memory of our loved ones continues to inspire and bring about meaningful change. Whether through supporting research, providing essential services, or raising awareness, in-memory fundraisers on GoFundMe for Irish charities exemplify the power of collective generosity and the enduring spirit of the Irish people in the face of loss.

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