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Canterbury Tales Marks 25th Anniversary with Pilgrims Hospices

Posted on 22 February 2013

As The Canterbury Tales prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year it has decided to mark this milestone by sponsoring Pilgrims Hospices.

Staff at the award-winning attraction, which has welcomed more than two million visitors from all over the world, were asked to nominate a local charity and Pilgrims Hospices was a clear favourite.

Staff will now participate in a series of fund-raising events organised by the charity, donate raffle prizes for fairs and hold collections among visitors to the St Margaret’s Street attraction.

“Apart from the obvious link between the name of the charity and the fact that our attraction is based on Chaucer’s tales of pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, we also strongly support the fantastic work carried out by Pilgrims Hospices in our community,” said Sarah Hirsch, marketing manager of The Canterbury Tales.

Deborah Kellond, Regional Fundraising Manager said: “We are delighted with the support of The Canterbury Tales and every penny they help us to raise will go towards the near
£10 million annual cost of delivering care to those that need it most.”

To mark its 25th anniversary, costumed character guides will be recruited to entertain, amuse and educate visitors for part of the tour. Available from Easter 2013, the guides will add a fun new dimension to the experience.

The Canterbury Tales brings to life five of Geoffrey Chaucer’s best-loved stories with tales of love, romance and trickery, vividly re-created with all the fun of Chaucer’s original tales. Its stunningly accurate reconstruction of 14th century England, set inside the former St Margaret’s Church, gives visitors the opportunity to step back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval times.

Visitors are invited to join Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful band of pilgrims as they embark on a journey from The Tabard Inn in London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket. The attraction offers special children’s commentaries and gives youngsters the chance to dress up in medieval costumes to make their visit even more memorable.

Pilgrims Hospices has just celebrated 30 years of caring for the people of east Kent. It provides palliative care for adults with a range of illnesses that cannot be cured. Care is provided from sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in patients’ homes and via community programmes. Care is also extended to families and carers. To keep delivering care to those that need it the most, Pilgrims has to raise over £9.5 million each year. The majority of this comes from the local community, so fund-raising is critical, while 80p in every pound raised goes directly on patient care.

For details about ticket prices and opening hours at The Canterbury Tales, call the information line on 01227 479227 or visit


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