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Hospice Work is not weather dependent!

Posted on 5 December 2012

Snowy Photoshoot

Stark news for many charities this winter is the UK Giving Report which shows donations to charities are down by 20% this year. Thanks to the continuing support of the local community, Pilgrims Hospices has bucked this trend during its 30th anniversary year.  The charity is grateful to all who celebrated this milestone by taking part in events and fundraising activities, made donations or volunteered their time.

The team at Canterbury ventured into this week’s surprising snow fall to show that despite the weather, the work still goes on here at the hospice. Our nurses and clinical teams will be working hard throughout the Christmas period, caring for patients in the hospice and in their own homes. Our catering team will be ensuring patients have their Christmas meal and our fundraising team will be working to ensure services will continue right into the New Year and beyond.

There are many ways you can support Pilgrims Hospices this Christmas. Visit our website www.pilgrimshospices.org where you can donate a gift such as a Christmas meal or a pampering session for a patient. All three hospice sites will be hosting their own remembrance service, Trees of Love on Saturday 15th December from 6pm and everyone is welcome.

The  hospice in Canterbury is also appealing for volunteers to help pack bags at Morrisons in the city on Christmas Eve.  Deborah Kellond, Regional Fundraising Manager said: “It is a busy time of year, but we are delighted to have Morrisons support. We know donations are generally down, but this is a real chance for us to raise a huge amount of money in the run up to the festive season.”

If you can help with volunteering over Christmas, please do get in contact. Please call 01227 812621 or email deborah.kellond@pilgrimshospices.org.

Pilgrims Hospices enables patients and their families to spend precious time to be spent together over a traditional Christmas meal. For those patients who want to go home, it provides support to enable them to spend Christmas Day in the familiar surrounds of their homes, with the ones they love. All care is provided free of charge by the charity. Over 80 pence in every £1 is spent directly on patient care and it costs around £9.5 million to run its three hospices in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet.

 


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