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Remembering loved ones at Christmas

Posted on 17 November 2017

Trees of Love, Pilgrims Hospices annual remembrance services with carols will take place at the hospices and additional venues this year throughout December. Brenda and Paul Walsh will be adding their dedication to the trees in memory of their daughter Cheryl who was cared for at the Canterbury hospice.

After Cheryl passed Brenda and Paul soon became parents again to their grandchildren who were only two and ten years old at the time.

The support we all received from the hospice was incredible.

Brenda said: “The support we all received from the hospice was incredible. We were never forgotten, they always asked after us, offering us support and counselling.

“Our first Christmas without Cheryl was difficult, particularly for the children. We came along to the Trees of Love remembrance that year and met someone who had also lost their daughter. It was a comfort for us to know we weren’t going through such difficult times along.

“We now come to Trees of Love every year and support the hospice every way we can. We’re looking forward to dedicating our dove and sharing in the memories of our beautiful daughter Cheryl.”

Paul and Brenda Walsh

Sara Scriven, Individual Giving Manger for Pilgrims Hospices told us: “This is such a difficult time of the year for those people who have lost a loved one. We hope by joining our remembrance services with carols and dedicating a dove on the trees this year, supporters can help us with continued care for those who need our help the most. A dedication of £30 could help Pilgrims to offer a specially prepared festive dinner to a patient and their loved one spending Christmas day on our inpatient unit.

This is such a difficult time of the year for those people who have lost a loved one.

“Pilgrims Hospices is extremely grateful to The Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS) who are generously sponsoring our Trees of Love event. There support will allow us to utilise every penny donated to our campaign for import hospice care.”

Nathan Lewington Business Developments from CSIS told us: “Christmas is always a time for reflection and the concept friends and family being able to remember the life of a loved one by dedicating a message on the Tree of Love as an ideal way for CSIS to give help to Pilgrims Hospices in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet. CSIS considers benevolence to be a the heart of its business so it has been great for our team to know that we continue to support the Trees of Love for the forth year running.”

Pilgrims Hospices wish to thank The Civil Service Insurance Society for supporting Trees of Love.

Those who wish to make a dedication on the Trees of Love can personalise a message on a Pilgrims dove, which will be added to the illuminated trees during the festive season.

Each year Pilgrims provide special and personal ways to remember those who have been cared for over the years. The Trees of Love is an opportunity to remember those dear people who will not be with loved ones at Christmas.

You can find out more about the services here, call 1227 782 062 or email

Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its new Wellbeing and Social Programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.





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