FAQs

  • 1. What is a Tribute Fund?

    A Tribute Fund is a very special and positive way to honour the life of a loved one or friend, while contributing to the vital work of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

    Anyone can start a Fund in memory of a family member or friend, and it will remain open for you for as long as you wish.

    Family and friends can contribute to a Tribute Fund in any way they choose - from donations on special occasions, to taking part in fundraising events.

    By setting up a Tribute Fund, you can create a brighter future for those affected by chest, heart and stroke illness.

  • 2. How will my Tribute Fund help others?

    By setting up a Tribute Fund you are helping to improve the lives of people across Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness. As well as helping continue our investment in research studies in all of Scotland's university medical schools, money raised through Tribute Funds will directly benefit the lives of people in Scotland, helping them to access our quality services, reducing isolation and improving lives every day while offering hope for years to come.

    We realise that the decision to set up a Tribute Fund is a very personal one. You can decide where you'd like your gift(s) to be spent and we will gladly discuss this with you, answering any questions you may have. Please contact us if you would like more information.

  • 3. How do I set up a Tribute Fund for my loved one?

    It's very easy to create a page that is personal to your loved one, and it only takes a couple of minutes. All you need to do is click here , and you will then be directed to the Everyday Hero site, where you can follow the steps to create your Fund.

    You will need to enter the name of your page (e.g. 'The John Smith Tribute Fund'), and once your page is created, you can then click on 'Edit Story' to write a special tribute and share your words of remembrance. (This can be done at a later date if you prefer to take more time).

    When you've finished creating your page, you'll be able to update visitors by writing posts and uploading photos. You'll also be able to share your page with friends and family, and encourage donations to help your Fund to grow.

  • 4. I'm not the next of kin, can I create a Tribute Fund?

    Yes, anyone can create a Tribute Fund for someone special. However, we recommend you contact the next of kin to gain their permission before creating a Fund in honour of their loved one.

  • 5. What do I do once my page is set up, and can I make changes to it later?

    Your page is a lasting memorial to your loved one, and you can use your page to remember them however you wish. The choice is entirely up to you. As the Fund holder you will be able to log on at any time and change the text, add an update or upload new photos. For more ideas on how to make the most of your Fund, take a look at the 'Grow your Tribute Fund ' section of this site.

  • 6. How can I share my page with family and friends?

    Once you have set up your Tribute Fund and personalised your page, you can share the link with all of your friends and family and encourage contributions to your Fund. If you want to spread the word further, you can also share your page on social media by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter buttons at the bottom of your page.

  • 7. Can family and friends contribute to my Tribute Fund?

    Friends and family can donate to your Fund at any time, and in a number of ways; either online, by post or over the phone. They can also take part in fundraising events, including runs, treks and challenges, or organise their own fundraising activities.

    All the money raised can be tracked and added to the fundraising total for your Fund (see question 8 for more information on adding sponsorship to your Fund).

  • 8. Can I add offline donations and sponsorship to my Tribute Fund?

    Yes, you can. Any donations given to you in cash, or via another fundraising page you may have (e.g. for an event), can be added as an offline donation to your Tribute Fund.

    When you are logged into your account, you should see an option called "Add offline donation" at the right-hand side of your Tribute Fund page. Enter the amount you want to add, and when you click "Add Offline Donation", you should see that the total of your page has been increased by that amount.

  • 9. Can I set up regular gifts to my Tribute Fund?

    Yes. Click here for our online form or click here for a downloadable paper copy , which you can download and send to us once completed. This money will not automatically appear on your online Tribute Fund; however, you can add this as an offline amount (see question 8 for details on how to do this).

  • 10. How can I make the most of my Tribute Fund?

    You, your family and friends may choose to donate to your Fund on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other special days. You can also add to your Fund by taking part in a Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland event, or by organising your own fundraising activities.

    For more ideas on how you can build your Fund, take a look at the 'Grow your Tribute Fund ' section of this site.

  • 11. Do I have to set a fundraising target, and how long will my Tribute Fund remain open?

    The default amount on each page is £100.00, but you can change this amount to whatever fundraising total you would like to aim for. There is no obligation to do so however, as how you grow your Fund is a personal choice. We are incredibly grateful for all donations given in memory of your loved one.

    Your online Tribute Fund will remain open for you for as long as you wish. If you want to cancel this at any point, you can do this by logging into your page and clicking on 'Edit this Supporter Page'.

  • 12. Will all the money I raise contribute to my Tribute Fund?

    Yes. Whenever you make a donation, send us proceeds from a collection or sponsorship money, you can add it as an offline donation to your page. (If you do not have an online Tribute Fund, please let us know so we can keep a total for you). If you wish, we can also let you know of any previous donations you've made to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, as these can be allocated to your Fund as well.

  • 13. Can Gift Aid be reclaimed on donations?

    Yes. All donors are asked to sign a Gift Aid declaration during the donation process.

    Gift Aid is reclaimed automatically on your behalf, adding approximately 25% on top of each eligible donation to your Tribute Fund.

  • 14. Can I have a Tribute Fund without creating an online page?

    Yes. If you would prefer to keep your Tribute Fund private, then you can create a Fund offline. Friends and family will still be able to donate to your Fund and we will keep track of all the donations made in memory of your loved one and add them to your total.

    Please contact our Tribute Giving Team on 0131 225 4800 or email tributefunds@chss.org.uk to create your Tribute Fund.

  • 15. How else can I donate to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland?

    If you prefer not to set up an online Tribute Fund, there are many other ways you can donate. Please visit the 'Collections and Single Gifts ' section of this site for more information.

  • 16. What support will I receive from Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland?

    The choice is entirely up to you. If you are looking for personal or emotional advice, then our Advice Line (0808 801 0899) is here to help you. It is staffed by professionally-trained nurses who can provide a listening ear as well as free, confidential advice.

    If you are looking for support for your fundraising, then one of our Regional Fundraising Managers will be happy to help. Whether you need fundraising materials, information on upcoming events or just some ideas on how to organise your own fundraising activities, we can help support you. Click here for the contact details of your Regional Fundraising Advisor.

  • 17. I'm having problems with my Tribute Fund, who can help?

    Please email tributefunds@chss.org.uk if you have any technical questions, and we'll do our best to help.

  • 18. How will you use my personal details?

    We will look after any information we hold about you, and will never sell it or share it with any other charity. We adhere to all industry guidelines and regulations, and require others acting on our behalf to do the same. Read our Privacy Policy and our Fundraising Promise.

    You will be using a secure connection to create your online page and a password-protected account will be set up for you to make any changes. All donations to your page will also be made securely.

    It is entirely up to you how you hear from us. We like to send our newsletter and Annual Report to supporters with a Tribute Fund. However, information about our work and finances is on our website, so you can see how your gifts are being spent. If you wish, you can opt out of all communication from Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. Please just let us know what you prefer.

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