More than 4,000 donations were made in 2019 via a free online memorial feature offered by a number of Hampshire’s co-operative funeral homes.
Thanks to the generosity of those who have recently lost a loved one, £173,300 was donated via the feature offered by The Co-operative Funeralcare branches in Hampshire which are part of Southern Co-op.
In 2019, the donations averaged around £42 per donation. The most generous donations by loved ones were via The Co-operative Funeralcare in Eastney, Portsmouth, with an average of £438 per donation.
The memorial page also allows friends and family to set up a personal tribute page to light virtual candles, share memories, stories, photos and videos of loved ones.
Steve Pearce, Chief Operating Officer for funeral care at Southern Co-op, said:
The charities people chose to donate to can be a reflection of something their loved one held dear to them or a charity that supported them at a time of need.
We know that people donated to 351 different charities last year but what we can’t quantify is how many people that went on to help. The donations would have made a difference to thousands of people’s lives and this is incredibly special.
A total of £330,000 was donated by families across the south of England in 2019 via the free online service offered by Southern Co-op – the regional, independent co-operative.
Hampshire based charities to benefit from the contributions include Rowans Hospice which received £25,300 and provides free care and support to adults who have a life-limiting illness and their families; Phyllis Tuckwell which received £16,650 and cares for terminally ill people and their families throughout West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire; Portsmouth Hospitals Charity which received £8,570; St Michael’s Hospice in North Hampshire which received £3,020; Wessex Heartbeat which received £2,250 and ensures that people being treated at the Wessex Cardiac Centre are provided with the best possible care and support; and Hampshire Asbestos Support & Awareness Group which received £2,200.
Funeral homes in Hampshire offering the free online memorial feature include The Co-operative Funeralcare in Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Bishops Waltham, Cosham, Emsworth, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet, Gosport, Rowner, Leigh Park, Hayling Island, Liss, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Widley, Whitchurch and Portsmouth in Copnor, Eastney, Fratton, North End, Paulsgrove, Somerstown and Southsea.
For more information about online tributes, visit www.funeralcare.co.uk/tributes-and-donations.
Photo: The Co-operative Funeral Care, Andover