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Pilgrims free events offer support for family and friends

Posted on 21 April 2017

Pilgrims is running a series of free community events at the start of May to support people in talking about dying and death – whether that’s friends and family of someone using hospice services or anyone from the wider community. The events will take place across east Kent between 8-14 May, which is national ‘Dying Matters’ [...]

Talking about your wishes to improve the future

Posted on 21 April 2017

Pilgrims nurse Maria works with families to help them start the conversation. ‘Advance Care Planning’ or ACP is an important talking tool that hospices, GPs and other professionals can use to help someone plan quality care towards the end of life – it’s also a tool that anyone can use to express their wishes. Pilgrims specialist nurse [...]

Wing Walker raises funds for Pilgrims

Posted on 20 April 2017

Brave Helen Webster from Whitstable will step out and wing walk in memory of her father-in-law, Ian Webster. So far Helen has raised over £2,062, with plenty of time for supporters to get involved before the big day at Damyns Hall Aerodrome on 22 April 2017. “I will be wing walking to raise money in memory of [...]

Canterbury Medical Practices pedal for Pilgrims

Posted on 19 April 2017

Friends and colleagues from medical practices across Canterbury along with hundreds of eager cyclists will take to the road on Sunday 30 April taking part in Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge. The entry fees and supporter fundraising will help hundreds of people across east Kent coping with an incurable illness to access the support they need [...]

Sarah’s story: Why I’m riding the 100-mile Pilgrims Cycle Challenge

Posted on 18 April 2017

Sarah Callery from Ashford is taking on the 100-mile Pilgrims Cycle Challenge for the first time this year. She’s riding in memory of her dad, Patrick, who was cared for by Pilgrims. Here, Sarah shares how her love of cycling is the perfect way for her to remember her dad and support Pilgrims at the same time. I’ve [...]

Magic rabbit hops in to Pilgrims

Posted on 18 April 2017

A chilled-out, fluffy black rabbit named Magic joined patients of Pilgrims Wellbeing and Social Programme last week for an Easter cuddle. Taking a break from his regular routine at home, Magic took advantage of plenty of attention in Pilgrims Therapy Centre in Canterbury. Jenny Ayleward Pilgrims Associate Practitioner said: “Magic is owned by Pilgrims Staff Nurse Amanda [...]

Patients and carers praise new Wellbeing and Social Programme

Posted on 13 April 2017

Our new Wellbeing and Social Programme runs from Pilgrims Therapy Centres in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet. Launched in October 2016, the service combines the best elements of Pilgrims original day services from all three sites. It brings new ideas from the latest best practice in palliative care. Here, Pilgrims Director of Nursing and Care, Wendy Hills, shares [...]

Out now: Pilgrims Matters spring edition is here

Posted on 13 April 2017

Download here With real-life stories of how our care has helped local people, updates on our services across east Kent and inspiring news from the fabulous fundraisers who make it all possible – Pilgrims Matters has all the latest news and information from Pilgrims Hospices. Now Spring is truly here, keep your eyes peeled for the latest issue of [...]

Brave Ben takes on 365 marathons for Pilgrims

Posted on 12 April 2017

Ben Rogers will finish his 365th marathon of the year at the Virgin London Marathon in April. He’s been raising money for local charities including Pilgrims Hospices. Ben started to run, and fundraise after his stepfather Doug Chaffer was cared for by Pilgrims in November 2015. Ben has so far raised over £3,500 for Pilgrims Hospices [...]

LEMA’s epic cycle challenge for Pilgrims

Posted on 11 April 2017

A group of friends, cycling enthusiasts and long-term Pilgrims Hospices supporters are taking on an epic cycling journey to raise vital funds for hospice care in east Kent. The Lands End to Margate (LEMA 2017) team will ride over 430 miles, and 23,000 feet of ascent, in four days. They’ll traverse the full width of the widest part [...]



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