For those who wish to remember Diana with more than a flower at the gates of the palace: A memorial fund is to be set up in the name of Diana, Princess of Wales, to channel charitable donations to the causes that she championed during her lifetime. Charities with which she was associated have been deluged with calls from people who wished to donate money as a mark of their respect and affection.
The announcement of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund by Buckingham Palace, Tuesday, is a response to that explosion of philanthropic sentiment. The fund will be coordinated and administered at Kensington Palace, which was her London home.
At the height of her charity work, the Princess was patron or president of 100 charities, acting as a high-profile magnet for donations. After her divorce and decision to retreat from the public spotlight, she severed links with all but six.
Buckingham Palace said Tuesday that the details of how cash given to the memorial fund would be allocated, had yet to be determined, but the core charities with which Diana remained associated, the National AIDS Trust, the Leprosy Mission, the English
National Ballet, the Great Ormond St. Children's Hospital, the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital and Centrepoint, for the young homeless, are likely to be among the main recipients of donations to the memorial fund. Another cause for which she campaigned passionately, and which will probably benefit from the fund set up in her honor, is the British Red Cross crusade against anti-personnel land mines.
Donations should be sent to:
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
London W8 4PU