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Pilgrims Matters magazine

Our magazine Pilgrims Matters is mailed free of charge to supporters and distributed within the local community.

Inside you can hear first-hand from our patients how our care has made a difference. You can learn too about the range of services we offer and about the inspirational fundraisers whose generosity and hard work allows us to continue providing our care.

A special message

We are working to give our patients and families true wellbeing: our vision is of a community where people with a terminal illness are supported to live well in mind and body until the very last moment of their life, free from pain and distress.

This spring issue is extra special because it also includes a warm welcome for our new chief executive at Pilgrims Hospices – Cate Russell.

Originally trained as a nurse with the East Surrey Trust, Cate has over twenty years’ experience in the health and pharmaceutical industry. She comes to us from Danone where she was a global leader. With her husband Gordon she is enjoying making Kent her new home to live in the community that Pilgrims Hospices serve.

In Cate’s very first column for our charity she talks about her passion for the role and her aspirations for the hospice:

‘None of us know when we might need the support of the hospice,’ she writes. ‘As I meet the staff, volunteers, fundraisers and trustees its clear that everyone is dedicated to ensuring that local people living with a terminal illness are able to access the extraordinary care and comfort they require, when and where they want it.

Pilgrims Matters 11_3_15_v8[1]-1‘We are committed to the needs of the individual and this means offering and supporting choice. For some, inpatient care is the right option so we will retain beds on all of our three sites Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet. Others want support in their own home, so we will continue to develop our community care.’

Cate added: ‘We are working to give our patients and families true wellbeing: our vision is of a community where people with a terminal illness are supported to live well in mind and body until the very last moment of their life, free from pain and distress.’

‘We are committed to the needs of the individual, offering and supporting choice. For some, inpatient care is the right option so we will retain beds on all of our three sites Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet. Others want support in their own home, so we will continue to develop our community care.’

All the care Pilgrims Hospices gives is given free of charge because we believe everyone has the right to live their last months, days and moments as fully as possible. It is because our care is free of charge that we must raise £11 million a year to be here when thousands of local people need us.

Within the magazine you will find information on fundraising events and campaigns that you can join in with this spring, including the 2015 launch of our popular Sponsor a Nurse campaign.

‘There are many ways that you can help us to extend our care,’ explains Cate. ‘Most of all we need your continued support.’

Find out more by downloading Pilgrims Matters using the pink button above, or click here for a Sponsor a Nurse update. Thank you very much for your ongoing support, we wish you happy reading!

How can I get a copy?

For a free paper copy visit any of our Pilgrims retail shops or reception areas in the hospices.

You can also download the latest issue using the button above.

Ask in our shops and hospices for your free copy.

Tell us your news and views

If you enjoy reading, remember we always like to hear your stories, whether they are fundraising escapades or more personal experiences of our hospice care.

Please contact us here if you have a story to share or would like to join the mailing list.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support, we wish you happy reading!

 


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