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Local teacher joins Divas cycle ride for Pilgrims

Posted on 26 May 2017

Local teacher Lou Allen from Graveney near Faversham is supporting Pilgrims Hospices exclusively ladies charity cycle ride, Divas on Wheels on 18 June, helping to raise important funds and awareness for hospice care in east Kent. Lou told us: “This is my second year of cycling the Divas on Wheels charity ride. I really like the [...]

Hospice shop joins high street retailers in Hythe

Posted on 26 May 2017

The latest edition to Pilgrims Hospices retail stores was opened in Hythe on Monday. Long standing volunteers Christine Pledger and Doreen Ashdown officially opened the shop for business. Many staff, volunteers and local businesses supported with the preparations, from carpeting, decorating, designs and displaying the wonderful array of gifts and clothing donated by Pilgrims supporters. Tim Stewart, [...]

Laid back dog Rodney makes friends at the hospice

Posted on 26 May 2017

Retired pharmaceutical industry worker and Pilgrims Hospices volunteer Martyn Ponting has owned dogs for years. Then, when he was looking for a new way to give his time and energy to the hospice in Ashford, his canine friend Rodney gave him the perfect opportunity. Rodney, a two year old black Labrador, is now a regular visitor to [...]

Community volunteer Tommy brings Gentle Mindful yoga to Pilgrims

Posted on 26 May 2017

Gentle mindful yoga is the order of the day in Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury Therapy Centre on Wednesday mornings. Volunteer yoga teacher Tommy Banks is supporting with Pilgrims Wellbeing and Social Programme to help patients slow down stress, promote peacefulness and a better state of health and wellbeing. Tommy who is originally for Arizona USA now lives in [...]

Pilgrims shop manager nominated as Faversham Hero

Posted on 26 May 2017

Janet Stickells from Faversham was nominated for a Kent Association of Local Councils Faversham Hero award. Her fellow workers at Pilgrims retail store on West Street nominated their colleague for her commitment and dedication as a volunteer to the Pilgrims shop over many years. Janet was one of three finalists who were invited by The Mayor [...]

A big thank you to Pilgrims Hospices Lottery supporters

Posted on 24 May 2017

Pilgrims Hospices Lottery Manager Shiralee celebrates the start of spring with a look at what makes Pilgrims Lottery members special. Pilgrims Lottery members are very special. In fact, many of you have been a part of our super Lottery for the whole of its 21 years! First seen in Pilgrims Matters, our supporter magazine. Click here to [...]

“So, that’s life”: A reflection on old age, hospice care and end of life

Posted on 19 May 2017

Take a look in the mirror and what do you see; how has your face changed, what stories lie behind the wrinkles and scars? These are the questions Cathy FitzGerald poses as she speaks with people from all walks of life in her BBC radio programme Mirrored, which holds up a mirror to the ageing process. In a recent episode, Cathy shares a warm [...]

Hospice nurse Sarah kicks off birthday bucket list with Divas Cycle

Posted on 18 May 2017

Sarah Martins, Senior Ward Sister for Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury will be challenging herself throughout the coming year with a variety of tasks and fundraising activities starting with the exclusive ladies cycle ride Pilgrims Divas on Wheels, on Sunday 18 June. Sarah said: “I will be 40 years old next year and I’ve been thinking ‘lets live [...]

Richard Davis: “Cycling is one of the most accessible sports”

Posted on 17 May 2017

Pilgrims Hospices Chairman, Richard Davis, joined hundreds of supporters to take on the eighth Pilgrims Cycle Challenge. Here, he shares some motivational tips for anyone who’d like to pedal for Pilgrims. Cycling is one of the most accessible sports; it can also be one of the toughest. If you’re like me, when you’re cycling uphill for your last [...]

Colour runners brighten up coast raising vital funds for hospice

Posted on 15 May 2017

An excited crowd brought a fun blast of colour to Thanet this Sunday for the Pilgrims Hospices Colour Run. Over 1,200 adults and children gathered in colourful glasses and white tee shirts for the 5k run along the coastal route of Palm Bay, Clintonville, and Margate. After a fun warm up and a big countdown, the event [...]



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