Shirley's story

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."

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Verity's story

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's story

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 runningMary Annett, friend of Hazel Hayward

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Your legacy everlasting.

If you choose to leave a gift in your Will to Pilgrims Hospices, you will be doing something inspirational. It will cost you nothing now, but will help to secure the future of our services.


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.