Donating or fundraising in memory of someone is a very special and meaningful way to remember them and clearly shows how much you care and miss them. You are in fact, honouring their life and helping others at the same time. We are always incredibly touched and grateful to receive these donations.

You can support Calon Hearts in memory of a loved one in a few different ways:

• Make either a regular of one-off donation in their name

• Collect at a funeral or memorial service

• Take a fundraising challenge in their name

• Set up an online Tribute Fund in-memory of your loved one


Fundraise for a defibrillator in their memory

We feel privileged to have helped many families honour their loved ones by helping them place a community defibrillator in memory. Losing a loved one is devastating, but we hope that families can find some comfort in knowing that by fundraising for a defibrillator in memory, they are ensuring their loved one leaves a lifesaving legacy.

Making either a regular or one-off donation in your loved one's name

You can make a donation to Calon Hearts here but as you make your donation, please get in contact and tell us the name of this special person and, if you would like, tell us more about why you are donating. If you would like us to share your loved one’s story, please let us know as well.

Get in touch here

Collect at a funeral or memorial event

Colleting at a funeral can help Calon Hearts make a lasting difference in memory of your loved one. You may choose to do this by asking for donations instead of flowers. You can also hold a collection at your celebration of life or memorial service.

We have a range of items to help you do this:

• Our In- memory collection envelopes allow people to Gift Aid, which increases each donation by £2.50 for every £10 donated at no cost to you.

• Our Calon Hearts pin badges are a lovely thank you and memento.

• Calon Hearts collection boxes provide an easy way for your friends and family to donate at your memorial events.

If you want to send the proceeds of a collection made in-memory of someone by post, please make your cheques payable to Calon Hearts and post to White House Cottage, Cathedral Green, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2EB.

Take on a fundraising challenge in-memory

Taking part in a Calon Hearts Challenge event or organising your own fundraising event is a wonderful tribute and a really inspiring and special way to remember someone special to you.

Please get in touch with our fundraising team to find out about the many different ways you can take host a Calon Hearts event or any of the other ways you can fundraise in-memory.

Set up an online tribute fund in-memory of your loved one

This is a very easy and visual way to fundraise for Calon Hearts in memory of your loved one.

Set up a Just Giving in memory page

Remember to get in touch and tell us what you are doing so we can help out where we can.

Getting in touch

Please don’t forget to let us know about your in-memory fundraising, or even if you just want to chat through your ideas please just give us a call or email


Cathy's Story

If you visit the Terra Nova café at Roath Lake in Cardiff, you’ll find a defibrillator that was donated by Cathy Sharples. The lake was a favourite spot to visit for Cathy and her husband Mike.

Mike passed away while on holiday in Sardinia with Cathy in 2014. The two of them were having a wonderful time when Cathy looked over to Mike in the passenger seat and realised something was wrong, Mike looked unwell and was complaining of chest pains. Cathy said:

“I just knew that Mike was having a heart attack. I rang the ambulance service who were quick to respond but were unfortunately, unable to resuscitate Mike. Due to the severe nature of Mike’s heart attack, the only thing that could have potentially made a difference was access to a defibrillator at the roadside or nearby.”

Spurred on by this knowledge, Cathy knew she wanted to do something for a heart charity back home in Wales and decided on Calon Hearts. Calon Hearts is working hard to train a nation of lifesavers and ensure that every community space in wales has the equipment it needs to handle cardiac arrest.

Cathy has ensured Mike has a lasting legacy in his community by working with Calon Hearts, please raise money in memory of your loved ones to ensure that every person with cardiovascular disease in Wales stands a fighting chance.

If you have any ideas and would like to discuss them or need resources to help your loved one leave a lifesaving legacy, please contact Calon Hearts.