Summer fair fun proves popular at Pilgrims
Posted on 1 July 2013
Over 700 people soaked up the summer vibe at the Pilgrims Hospices Summer Fair this Saturday, raising £6000 for the charity in just four hours.
The traditional fair took place in the hospice grounds London Road, Canterbury where books, plants, cakes, games and activities for the whole family were all on offer.
Greeted by belly dancing and live music from young local folk band ‘The Beards’ and blues duo ‘Him and Her’, kids and adults of all ages joined in the fun. Even Canterbury’s Lord Mayor couldn’t resist a dance, joining in with the dance for pop craze, Gangnam Style.
Lord Mayor Heather Taylor, who grew up in Sturry, came along with three generations of her family to enjoy the event, saying: “We’ve had family cared for at Pilgrims in the past so we’ve always tried to support the charity and of course Pilgrims is the Lady Maroress’ Charity for 2013 so we wanted to be here because of that too.
“When my Dad died the staff at Pilgrims were fantastic with my grandson, it was the first death he had experiences and they helped him get through it. That’s what we want to get across, the hospice is not just a place you come to die, it’s a part of the community and they offer help for whole families. Events like this show it’s not all solemn too, it’s been a great day and all my whole family has had loads of fun.”
A team from Hospice supporters, Stagecoach, manned the BBQ & donated the burgers for the day. Staff from Sainsbury’s St Dunstans donated cookies & cakes and supervised the Children’s Activities area and visitor welcome. Harveys Furniture, Whitstable Castle, Hotel Continental and Mount Ephraim & many others generously donated prizes for the raffle.
Deborah Kellond, Pilgrims Regional Fundraising Manager, said: “We were really pleased to see so many people turn out to enjoy the activities on this beautiful summer’s day. Pilgrims Hospices is as much about community as it is about the services we offer.
“75% of our funding comes from donations and fundraising and we really appreciate the support we have for all our events like this. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, volunteers and sponsors money raised from today will go straight to the charity so we can continue offering high quality care free of charge to local people across east Kent.”