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Donations [Jun. 16th, 2006|07:55 pm]
Douglas Spencer

A number of people have asked whether there's an appropriate charity to whom donations might be made in memory of Susan.

I haven't yet checked with her family -- I shall do so tonight, by email -- but I might suggest that any charity local to you which is involved in cancer research, cancer treatment or palliative care would be pleased to receive donations in her memory. Cancer Research UK (formerly The Imperial Cancer Research Fund and The Cancer Research Campaign), Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Macmillan Nurses are all organisation worth googling for in the UK. Similar organisations exist in the USA and Canada. Any one of a number of local hospices, and a couple of hospice umbrella organisations, would be pleased to have your money. One of the people asking is deeply involved in the hospice movement, and I admire her for the work she does: she'll have colleagues working in places local to you who would value your support.
If you're a taxpayer, there may be techniques provided by your government to ensure that your donation reaches its target accompanied by any tax which you might otherwise have had to pay: in the UK, google for "gift aid", or fill out the appropriate sections of the screen if you're donating online. Similar techniques will exist in other jurisdictions.
If these issues don't enthuse you, there will be others which do. Contribute time, energy and money to causes which you feel are going to help you to honour Susan's memory. Wherever you choose to give it, whatever you choose to give will be gratefully received and faithfully applied.

[User Picture]From: trav28
2006-06-16 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this Doug - it's an area that is always in need of funding and assistance. I try and split my donations between cancer research and the heart foundation as they are two charities that I hold in high esteem.
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[User Picture]From: cyka
2006-06-16 10:06 pm (UTC)
don't know if you know or not, i've been working with hospice in america, russia, and now kenya (volunteer medical staff and fundraising board member) since 1992. if you feel it's appropriate, i'd like to buy 39 bricks for the new nairobi hospice building in her name. the nbi hospice website is down right now, but brief background is that it's the first hospice to open in east africa just over 15 years ago. at any given time, there are 2000 people on the patient register, with a paid staff of 15 to operate the hospice. the government does not subsidise it in any way, we are totally reliant on volunteers and private donations. the 'buy a brick' campaign begun in 2004, to construct a desperately needed new facility.

if there's anything i can do to help set up or assist a fund for her globally, i'm more than happy to do so.

much love to you douglas.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-06-19 07:30 pm (UTC)
You are the person to whom I'm referring in this post. I do admire you, and I admire the work that you do in this field. It's frankly astonishing, the amount of difference that hospice care can make -- not only for the person receiving the care, but for the people around them. It's very very valuable work.

Buy bricks for the hospice in Kenya. It's exactly the right way for you to remember her.
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[User Picture]From: cyka
2006-06-20 07:46 am (UTC)
wow. i'm very touched that it's me you were talking about. i think i read it wrong first time *blush*

i've already sent a message to hospice asking them to do a brick inscription. it will be ready for me to sign along with my other one when i return from europe (friday is the 13th anniversary of my dad's death)

as you mentioned in your post, i am more than happy to put people into contact with local hospice and/or palliative care organisations throughout the world.

most importantly, how are YOU doing through this?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-06-20 08:36 am (UTC)
I'm coping.

I'm coping by keeping busy -- sometimes with unimportant stuff, sure, but busy nonetheless.

I suspect I'll seriously fall apart when I run out of things to do.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-06-16 11:30 pm (UTC)

I love these organizations. I would be so honored for contributions made to any of them. Nancy
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