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Our history

thFrom small beginnings…

The first of Pilgrims Hospices in east Kent opened over 30 years ago in Canterbury.

It was the result of five years of fundraising by a small but dedicated team led by hospice founder Ann Robertson, a former nurse and midwife.

She realised through her work that patients with life-limiting illnesses were often left relying on family and friends to care for them and pledged to change this.

…To specialist care and support


Since then, Pilgrims Hospices has been providing specialist care and support free of charge to people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.

In the last year we have cared for 2,000 patients with complex conditions. We aim to meet their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

To keep delivering care to those who need it the most, Pilgrims Hospices has to raise over £11 million each year to run our hospice services across east Kent.

We rely heavily on donations, find out how you can help.

Funded by the community, for the community

Our services are provided completely free of charge and as a charity we rely heavily on donations. The NHS contributes around 25% annually – the rest is raised by people like you who fundraise tirelessly and come along to the many events we have each year.

Pilgrims Hospices has its roots in education and research so we also accept a responsibility to support good care for the many whose conditions are stable and whose symptoms are well controlled by other providers of care.

We do this by sharing our expertise and our evidence for good end of life care practice through education and development programmes and support for colleagues across east Kent.

Pilgrims Hospices has its roots in education and research so we also accept a responsibility to support good care.

Ann Robertson, founder 

Next steps

• Download our About Pilgrims Hospices leaflet to find out more about what we do.

 If you would like to make a donation click here.

• To read a recent Canterbury Times report about Ann Robertson follow this link.


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