Pilgrims Hospice pilgrimage
On a very wet, windy Wednesday (21st November), Gary Pullen set out to walk from Pilgrims Hospice Ashford to Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury in memory of his father. In doing so he raised more than £400 to support the charity’s work.
He was waved off from Hythe Road by his family and Sharon Burberry, fundraising assistant
Gary explained: “A year ago today my father Derek died under the care of the hospice in Canterbury. The care he received there was exceptional. I wanted to do something a little unique to both raise awareness of the wonderful work.
“I have always enjoyed walking and this seemed a great way to highlight the work Pilgrims does in caring for people. Staff at the UK Border Agency were very supportive and much of my sponsorship came from them.”
Arriving at the hospice in Canterbury seven hours later, a very bedraggled Gary was greeted with a steaming mug of tea by Deborah Kellond, regional fundraising manager. Also there with a warm welcome was his mother Vera, his wife Pam, his sister Tracy with a trifle for him and his two children Chloe and Abbie.
Deborah said: “The support of individuals like Gary for the work of the hospices is heart-warming especially on a day like today. It was cold, windy and very wet yet he continued like a trooper and we are delighted he was able to complete his journey.
“The money raised will enable Pilgrims to continue to provide care free of charge to patients and families.”