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Together, we make a difference

More than 2,300 people and their families in east Kent access Pilgrims Hospices services each year.
As a charity, we need your help so we can keep providing our vital, compassionate care to those who need it most.

There are so many ways you can support Pilgrims.
Whatever you'd like to do and however much support you can offer, we'd love to hear from you. 

  • Amelie and Matilda Shadbolt cycled with their mum Jo to our Canterbury hospice with a £13.60 donation raised from baking cupcakes and cookies and selling them from home. The girls love Great British Bake Off so this was the perfect way to do a little extra for their local hospice charity.
  • My friends and I held a sale at Birchington Baptist Church hall, completing a year of fundraising for Pilgrims Hospices by selling craft, plants, cakes and preserves that raised £1,325 for local hospice care.
  • My wife, Jo, was very sociable, kind hearted and generous. We agreed to start legacy fundraising with some of our own cash. Jo was keen to provide equipment that would continue to support patients with swallowing difficulties in the future.
  • For me, the most enjoyable thing about volunteering as Raffles the bear is seeing the smiles on the childrens’ and adults’ faces when they see Raffles at events or in supermarkets. Just hearing them laugh is so rewarding and makes me keep doing what I’m doing.
  • My grandad was the biggest hero my sisters and I have ever had. At the end of his life he was fortunate enough to be given outstanding palliative care by Pilgrims. I raised £850 for Pilgrims by swimming from Hampton Pier to Herne Bay Pier and back in his memory.
  • Tyler Hill Bridge Club held a memorial bridge tournament to raise funds for Pilgrims in memory of their friend and club member Keith Rains. Keith passed away two years ago at the age of 69 in the care of Pilgrims Hospice Thanet. Keith’s wife Barbara and his daughters, Jodie and Jacky supported the tournament by making lunch and refreshments for the players. 48 people attended the tournament including Keith’s bridge partner of 30 years plus, David. The Rains family could not praise the care and support that Pilgrims gave to Keith enough. Barbara said: “The care went above and beyond; it was the little things that made a distressing time a lot more bearable. Having the support of the hospice meant that I could be Keith’s wife again and not his carer.”
  • Thank you to the knitting groups who raised an amazing £1,000 for Pilgrims Hospices at The Rotary Club of the Isle of Thanet Sunrise Big Knit event. Your donation will help us care for patients and their families who need our help the most.
  • Pilgrims nurses met 9-year-old Shania Roberts who donated £480.27 at our Canterbury hospice in memory of her Great-Grandad Fred. Shania saved her pocket money for over a year and helped with chores around the house to help us be there for the next family who need our care.

Thank you
for your continued support

Every penny raised by our fantastic supporters helps us to continue providing vital, compassionate care to people across east Kent. Thank you so much; we really couldn't do it without you. In 2017, you provided a staggering:

Dedicated volunteers
1,500

Dedicated volunteers

Patients supported
2,400

Patients supported

Funds raised
11m

Funds raised

Community fundraising events
248

Community fundraising events

Dreams come true at Pilgrims

When Bob told us about his wedding wishes, we did our level best to support his plans and were so delighted to have been able to share his special day with his bride, Sue. Special occasions that support families through difficult times are an important part of our work here at Pilgrims.

Read Bob and Sue's story