Trees of Love 2023


Thank you to everyone who dedicated a dove in memory of their loved ones and joined us for our hospice and satellite services. 

Throughout December, over 1170 of you joined us for the largest remembrance in east Kent. We welcomed all who had lost in loved one, to dedicate a dove in their memory, and join us for our hospice and satellite services with carols and festive refreshments, where your doves were beautifully illuminated on our Trees of Love.

We are delighted to announce that our Trees of Love appeal has raised over £54,000 with donations still coming in. This incredible amount could fund the entire running costs of one of our inpatient units for over a week. Thank you so much to everyone that took part, and contributed to this amazing amount.

It is still not too late to take part in Trees of Love. To dedicate a dove to keep at home, simply click below, or contact our Supporter Relations Team on 01227 782062. 

Saturday 2 December, 4pm
Pilgrims Hospices Canterbury, Thanet and Ashford

This is an outside standing event, so please wrap up warm and bring a torch.
Refreshments of mulled wine, hot chocolate and warm mince pies will be available.
Entrance to the main hospices will not be possible on the night.

Alternative indoor services taking place throughout December are listed below:

Venue Date Start Time
Firmager, St Nicholas Church, New Romney Saturday 2 December 3pm
St Peter and St Paul Church, River Sunday 3 December 4pm
All Souls Church, Cheriton, Folkestone Sunday 3 December 5pm
*NEW* St Leonards Church, Hythe Sunday 10 December 6.30pm
Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Road, Barham Wednesday 13 December 4.30pm
Charing Crematorium, New Court Wood, Charing Thursday 14 December 4.30pm

For nearly twenty years, Vanessa and her family have remembered their Mum, Betty and Dad, Deryck, at Trees of Love.

Vanessa Oakley Parents

We've been supporting Trees of Love for 19 years and will continue to do so. It is such a special way to remember Mum, and recognise the amazing work that Pilgrims does, each year. I feel that when the lights of the tree are turned on each year, I feel close to my Mum.

Read Vanessa's story here.

Would you like to remember your loved one with a dove every year? 

Many have dedicated a dove to their loved one for many years, as part of Trees of Love. If you have someone special to remember each year, you can sign up with an annual Direct Debit. This would ensure you receive a dove to dedicate automatically every year, along with your invitation to your chosen service.

If you would like to remember your loved one as part of Trees of Love every year, you can sign up for an annual Direct Debit by clicking the link below.

Share your memories on the Trees of Love 2023 Memory Wall.

Let us know who you are remembering this festive season by sharing your photos and messages on the online Memory Wall, and let their memory shine on.

£30 could pay for two complimentary therapy sessions for a patient, to give them a distraction from their illness,
and the opportunity to relax over the festive season.

£45 could help a Pilgrims counsellor provide a one-to-one      session with someone struggling to cope with their
first Christmas without their loved one.

£100 could allow our community nurses to continue making  home visits to our patients that wish to spend
their Christmas at home with family and friends.

Thank you so much for your support

Every generous donation from our amazing community of supporters helps to make sure we can be there for the next family who needs us.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, find out about the full range of services Pilgrims can offer.