Supporting a Charity

Receiving donations in lieu of flowers has been increasingly common for some time and it is normal to nominate a preferred charity or charities for donations.

Receiving charitable donations.

Many funeral directors will have a donation website specifically for this purpose. Freeman Brothers’ site is created in partnership with MuchLoved and also enables tribute messages to be left, and this is our preferred means of donations being made as it is secure and the money is sent to the charity very quickly: it also offers the opportunity for taxpayers to ‘GiftAid’ their donation, which increases the amount of money the charity receives at no cost to the donor. Donations are also accepted by cheque, made payable to the charity, and forwarded to the charity approximately five weeks after the funeral. Cash is also acceptable via a collection box at the funeral.

Sometimes it is quite hard to choose a charity, but all kinds of factors can be considered such as whether the person who has died supported any particular groups or benefited from any charitable help. You may wish to nominate a cause that helps others facing similar circumstances or has aspirations to help people achieve something that the person who has died was proud of in his or her own life.

Some of our most popular beneficiaries appear below:

St Catherine's Hospice

Our local hospice, based in Crawley, West Sussex. A charity dedicated to providing specialised end-of-life care and support to local people and their friends, families and carers.

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research.

British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and they are leading the fight against it. Their pioneering research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So they are here to support you and help you take back some control in your life.

Alzheimer's Society

Living with dementia brings challenges. Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity, campaigning for change, funding research and supporting people living with dementia today.

Parkinson's UK

Powered by people and funded by you, Parkinson’s UK’s local teams work to support people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and carers, across the UK.


Providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, Mind campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

For more information on our online tributes and charitable donations service, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

For more information on how to plan a funeral, please visit our Planning A Funeral page or return to Memorials.

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