Shirley's story

Shirley Johnston experienced first-hand the vital support provided by Pilgrims Hospices, when her mum and husband both received the charity's care at the end of their lives.

"I could never have cared for either my husband or my mum in the way the hospice cared for them. I’m leaving a gift to the hospice to ensure that this incredible service continues to be here for future generations, for my children and grandchildren."

Read Shirley's story

Verity's story

In 2017, we received a very generous gift in the will of Verity Judge, who came to Pilgrims for help coping with a life-limiting illness. She wanted to help us make the experience for visitors even better.

"Thanks to Verity’s generosity and vision, and the kindness of her family working with us to realise these renovations, this room now brings a real feeling of home comforts. Every moment together matters when someone in your family is seriously ill, and the way a space looks and is organised makes a huge difference to comfort and wellbeing."

Sue Sharp, Director of Income Generation and Marketing

Hazel's story

Hazel Hayward's passion for the hospice was driven from a lifetime career of nursing. She volunteered in one of our first fundraising teams in 1991, helping raise vital funds to build a brand new hospice in the Isle of Thanet.

"I first met Hazel when I was a nurse at the hospice, she was incredibly cheerful and so happy to be playing her part in keeping the hospice running

Mary Annett, friend of Hazel Hayward

Read Hazel's story

If you have a story to share, or would like to tell us you have left Pilgrims a gift in your Will, you can chat to our friendly Gifts in Wills Team on 01227 782066.

Find out more about how your contribution will help, and read about our vision, how we are funded and the high standards we work to.

Your kindness will mean we can be there for the next family that needs us, not just today but always. Together, we make a difference.

The contents of this webpage are not intended to constitute as legal advice. If you are considering leaving a gift in your Will to Pilgrims Hospices, we suggest you seek your own professional advice.