Isle of Wight project are benefiting from thousands of pounds, donated in the memory of loved ones.

In the last year, £12,400 has been given out thanks to more than 300 people who have donated via to Southern Co-ops memorial webpage, offered by six Isle of Wight funeral homes.

The Isle of Wight’s Alzheimer Café , Friends of St Mary’s Hospital, Friends of the Animals, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, Mountbatten and Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat have all received cash boosts as a result.

Steve Pearce, Southern Co-op’s Chief Operating Officer for End of Life Services, said:

“Since we launched our online tribute service, we have been blown away by the generosity of those remembering their loved ones. A lot of the chosen charities have meant a great deal to the person who has passed away – such as a hospice or a support service.

“It is really special to see so many local charities being chosen to receive donations in memory of a loved one. We find the tribute pages a really helpful and long-lasting way to help remember someone special.”