When disaster or misfortune occurs, an informal public appeal often goes out for aid to the victims. This project examines some of the legal issues surrounding informal public appeal funds and recommends changes to remove the uncertainties that the present law creates.

Keywords: fund; trust; public; spontaneous; appeal; informal; fundraising; donation; gift; aid; victim; disaster; misfortune; purpose; settlor; charity; charitable; non-charitable; surplus; cy-pres; resulting; donor; refund; Re Gillingham Bus Disaster Fund