Many find that making a donation in memory of a loved one is a positive and meaningful way to commemorate their life, while supporting our vital work in the fight against HIV. There are different ways that you can remember a loved one.
Red Ribbon funds
Red Ribbon Funds allow you to remember your loved one by creating a personalised online memorial in their name. Friends and family can make donations, share memories, pictures and light candles on special anniversaries.
Losing someone we love, be it a child, a partner or a very dear friend, can be so difficult to bear. Sometimes people find it helps to do something positive and keep their memory alive by celebrating their life with a lasting tribute.
Over the years, many people have donated to Terrence Higgins Trust in memory of a loved one, so we set up Red Ribbon funds. This online page in honour of your loved one, can become a place of comfort to visit any time or place, in order to help you remember and reflect. People can donate, write messages and light candles, and share favourite pictures and memories. As everything is stored centrally everyone can visit the ribbon wall at any time.
You are free to donate as little or as much as you choose, and we can help you to spread the word about your fund, or with ideas about fun and unusual ways to raise money.
More about Red Ribbon funds
The Mark Ashton Red Ribbon Fund
Mark Ashton was a truly inspirational person and the story of how he and other gay activists helped a community in Wales during the miners strike of 1984 was recently portrayed in the BAFTA nominated film PRIDE. Mark’s story has inspired so many people to donate to his Red Ribbon Fund, which was set up by his friend Chris Birch.
With individual donations from the general public, LGBT fundraising events, PRIDE screenings, and an amazing £4000 donation from the 30th anniversary of the Neath & District Miners Support Group, Mark’s Red Ribbon Fund has now raised a lasting legacy of more than £20,000 to support people living with or affected by HIV.
Visit Mark's fund
The Red Ribbon fund plaque
Once your fund reaches £2,000, the name of your loved one can be engraved onto our Red Ribbon Fund plaque, which is displayed in reception at our Terrence Higgins Trust office in Kings Cross, London.
Dedicate a Red Ribbon tree
Once your fund reaches £5,000, you can dedicate a tree in memory of your loved one in a choice of woodlands around the UK, through The Woodland Trust. You will be given a welcome pack which will show you the area of woodland where your tree is dedicated so that you can visit it with friends and family.
Sometimes people choose for donations to be made to Terrence Higgins Trust in lieu of flowers at funerals or memorial services, to support our work for people living with or affected by HIV.
If you have any questions about Red Ribbon funds or Funeral collections please contact Ilona:
Direct Marketing Manager
020 7812 1673