Shirley Johnston has experienced first-hand the vital support provided by Pilgrims Hospices to people across east Kent. Her mum and husband both received the charity’s compassionate care at the end of their lives; Shirley decided to give back by leaving a gift to Pilgrims in her will so that other families can continue to benefit from its services in the future.
"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."
In 2017, we received a very generous gift in the will of Verity Judge. Verity came to Pilgrims Hospices for help in coping with a life-limiting illness. She praised the care and the excellent clinical facilities but she wanted to help us make the experience for visitors even better. The old patient family lounge at our Canterbury hospice was very tired and had no facilities. Thanks to Verity's gift, this has been totally transformed.
"Thanks to Verity’s generosity and vision, and to the kindness of her family working closely 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. The way a space looks and is organised makes a huge difference to comfort and wellbeing. This is just one in a series of projects to broaden the support we offer."
Sue Sharp, Director of Income Generation and Marketing
Hazel Hayward's passion for the hospice was driven behind a lifetime career of nursing. She began volunteering in one of the first fundraising teams at Pilgrims Hospices in 1991, she aided in raising vital funds to build a brand new hospice in the Isle of Thanet. Hazel had very kindly decided to leave a gift to Pilgrims in her will, with the hospice playing a major part in her life during retirement.
"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