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Make a gift in memory

Surgical team in theatre

Thank you for choosing to support the Royal College of Surgeons of England - please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss. Making a gift to us in memory of a loved one is very special, allowing you to celebrate their life and to support our work in surgery and patient care.

Many people find it a comfort to remember a loved one by supporting a cause close to their heart. There are several ways to support the College in memory of your loved one; however you choose to support us, we really appreciate you thinking of us.

Arrange a funeral collection
When a loved one passes on, we may find ourselves juggling many different emotions. This can affect our ability to cope with the many decisions we then must make to respect our loved one’s wishes. Whether your loved one’s wishes were for donations at their funeral, or whether yourself or a family member have chosen to collect donations, we can allocate these gifts to any area of the College's work. Speak with the funeral directors or us directly to seek advice for the best way to take this forward.

Organise a collection with friends and family or donate online
Whether sending a cheque or donating online please include an accompanying note, referencing ‘in memory giving’ and the name of of your special person. Donations can be allocated to any surgical specialty or area of the College's work, if you would like to discuss this please call the fundraising team on 2020 7 869 6086.  If sending a cheque please make it payable to The Royal College of Surgeons of England  or we can provide bank details of this proves easier for you. Our address can be found at the foot of this webpage.

By leaving a gift in your will in memory of a loved one.

A wonderful way to mark the memory of a loved one is to dedicate an item to them under our Conserve our Collections scheme. This initiative gives you the opportunity to choose an item that will mean something to your family. The collections have been divided into three areas: archives, books, and objects and specimens.

Thank you again for considering the RCS England in this meaningful way.

Gifts of items or collections

If you would like to make a gift of an item or collection to the College from a late family member, we kindly ask that you email Nicola Extance-Vaughan, our Fundraising Manager for In Memory Giving, detailing your gift, be it books, an instrument or a collection of papers.

On receipt, we will seek advice from the relevant department as to whether the College is able to accept your kind offer and will then respond to you as soon as possible.

In Memory gifts: The Alban Barros D’Sa Bursary

This Education bursary was established in Mr Barros D’Sa’s memory with a donation from his family when he passed away in January 2015 and this gift is still giving in 2022.

Alban Barros D’Sa had a particular interest in teaching and training the surgeons of the future, and the bursary provides up to £1,000 towards course fees of an RCS England skills course in upper or lower GI surgery or colorectal surgery. 

Mr Barros D'Sa graduated from the University of Bristol in 1967 and achieved FRCS Edinburgh in 1972. He became a Consultant Surgeon in Coventry and Rugby in 1979, pursuing his special interests of upper GI, laparoscopic and thyroid surgery. He was an FRCS Examiner in Edinburgh and Laparoscopic Surgery Training Course Convenor in London, and was awarded FRCS ad eundem from RCS England in 1997. 

Alban Barros

Would you like to discuss how you could make Surgery your Legacy? 

Please contact Nicola Extance-Vaughan, Fundraising Manager, Legacies & In Memory Giving.



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