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Pilgrims Hospices is a charity providing specialist palliative care free of charge to people in east Kent. We care for people with illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, heart failure, respiratory conditions and neurological diseases. Care is provided from the three 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 in excess of £10.5 million each year.

Service information

  • Pilgrims Hospices is a charity.
  • We care for families, not just patients.
  • Most of our patients remain at home.
  • We offer a full range of community programmes and day hospice activities, not just care for inpatients.
  • We don’t just care for patients with cancer.
  • Hospice is not a place, it’s a philosophy.
  • The care provided is tailored to the needs of the individual.
  • Just over 40% of people admitted to Pilgrims Hospices have their symptoms controlled so they can return home.
  • Hospice care does not end when the patient has died, bereavement support is available for families.
  • Hospice care is free of charge for patients and families.
  • Pilgrims Hospices offers quality in life and dignity in death.

Fundraising information

  • Pilgrims Hospices is a charity and relies heavily on donations
  • Pilgrims Hospices needs to raise in excess of £10.5 million a year to continue providing services
  • 75% of funding comes from the local community
  • The NHS contributes around 25% annually

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Next steps

For further information please contact 01227 782061.

Find out more about Pilgrims Hospices in our About Pilgrims pages. You might also like to take a look through our latest news for services and fundraising updates.


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