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A donation in memory

In Lieu of Flowers

If you would like the Trust to send out collection envelopes then please just get in touch or ask your funeral director to.

A Donation in Memory

If you would like to send us a Donation in Memory then please let us know who it is in remembrance of and if you would like the money put towards a particular reserve or project.

Make a Donation in Memory

A Dedication Gift

These vary from site to site and depend on the Trust’s needs and family’s wishes. Please take a look at our most up to date needs and requirements.
If there is something you want that is not on these pages then please do get in contact with us – we always try to accommodate requests if possible.

All donations will be recorded on our memorial pages as a reminder of someone who is greatly missed. Thank you for considering a donation to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. For more information please email

Paul Vincent Atkinson

Paul passed away at the age of 43 having been ill for 18 months. He had an aggressive form of cancer and fought very bravely but when he knew he was going to lose the battle he said ‘I never wanted to grow old, another 20 years would have been the icing on the cake, but I have had a lot of cake.’Paul's children on the bench dedicated to him

He always lived life to the full. He loved his family, especially his 2 children Amy and Josh, and his friends. He had the ability to bring people together to form new friendships. He was always the last to leave the party. He played rugby and golf and loved being outdoors.

When the children were young we spent a lot of time around Whitby, Sandsend and the North Yorkshire moors. In later years we often met friends on a Sunday afternoon and walked around Brockadale woods. We’d call at the pub then go back to a friend’s for a big Sunday dinner. He loved Sundays.

We thought for a long time of where was the best place to go to remember Paul. A graveyard or memorial garden didn’t seem right for such a vibrant soul. Then we thought of Brockadale and contacted Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. They were very helpful and placed us a very nice wooden bench at the top of Butterfly Ride in Brockadale woods. It’s a lovely peaceful spot and a great place to remember Paul.

We are now members of the Trust and we make a monthly donation to help with their excellent conservation work to maintain the countryside for generations to come. I hope that one day Paul’s grandchildren will enjoy the woods like he did and will remember him there.

Jean Hall

"Jean was devoted to conservation and wildlife; asking her friends and family to recognise her work for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with a donation felt like a fitting memorial" said her brother, the Revd. Professor Stuart Hall.

Teacher, botanist, viola player and photographer, Jean Hall combined two of her lifelong passions, wildlife and her faith, to co-found one of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s most enduring projects. Jean became a Trustee of the Trust and Chair of the Business Committee before setting up the Living Churchyard project, a legacy that lives on today. When Jean died in 2010 her family wanted to commemorate her life and asked that mourners at her memorial service donate money to the Trust in lieu of flowers.

The Living Churchyards project is a joint venture between Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Diocese of York which helps churches recognise what a valuable wildlife rich resource a churchyard can be. Thanks to Jean churchyards across the county are allowing wildflowers and grasses to flourish, creating habitats for birds, butterflies, mammals and many other species.  

The generosity shown by Jean Hall’s friends and family helps the Trust keep funding projects like Jean’s beloved Living Churchyards, working with churches across Yorkshire to enable them to turn their churchyards into wildlife-rich sanctuaries.