We love to receive donations so we can turn them into vital funds to support our services.
We accept any good quality saleable items including clothes, household goods, furniture, items of interest, electrical items (provided they're in good, working condition) and anything else you think could raise money for Pilgrims.
Please note: The only type of TVs we accept are flat screens.
Alongside our general outlets, we also have several specialist shops:
- Retro items can be donated to our vintage shops in Canterbury and Tenterden
- We love donated books for our Pilgrims bookshops in Canterbury, Dymchurch and Margate
- Good quality furniture is always a welcome donation at our outlets in Ashford, Chartham, Cheriton, Dymchurch, Margate and Whitstable.
To arrange a furniture collection with us please call 01227 640 000.
Donating to Pilgrims can provide your company with a practical, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way of disposing of your unsold products and equipment. Samples and promotions, returns and seconds, and surplus or out of season stock could be used to raise money for Pilgrims care.
How to donate
Retail van collections at our hospice sites
We're pleased to be able to offer our popular Retail van collections at each hospice site in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet. These are currently scheduled for January-November 2023 as follows:
- Pilgrims Hospice Thanet, 09:00-10:00 on the last Tuesday of the month
- Pilgrims Hospice Ashford, 10:00-11:00 on the last Wednesday of the month
- Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury, 09:00-10:00 on the last Thursday of the month
The van will be in the hospice car park; at Ashford, it will be in the lower car park.
If you can bring your items to us that will increase the value of your donation, but we understand that some donations are just too big to transport. If you can't bring your donation to us, we can - in most cases - arrange a collection.
We welcome your donations when we are open, at all of our shops.
The shops, their opening times and telephone numbers can be found here.
Please do not leave donations outside the shops when they are closed, as these donations generally either get stolen or damaged and would then need to be thrown away. Most of our shops trade six days a week.
As well as raising money through selling donated goods, we also strive to keep our costs down. One of these costs is the disposal of items that we cannot sell, as we have to pay for these to be taken away.
There are a number of different things that we cannot accept for a variety of reasons. These include items that we cannot sell for legal and/or safety reasons and so have no choice but to decline them. We do not wish to cause offence to you should we decline your donation, but trust that you will understand our reasons for doing so.
We are happy to take electrical items as long as they are in working order and have no damage to the item, the cord or the plug.
We PAT test any electrical items we are donated to ensure that the wiring is safe.
Any damaged items are disposed of.
We do our best to sell everything we are given. If this is not through our shops or eBay, then we are able to sell certain items to third parties. This includes excess and damaged clothing, electrical items and excess homewares.
Unfortunately, there are instances where we need to dispose of items. As we have to pay for disposal, we try to keep this to a minimum, so will decline the offer of some donations if we believe we will need to dispose of them straight away.
We have a dedicated furniture collection and delivery service that can be reached on 01227 640 000. Our team will discuss the items you wish to donate and arrange a free collection of the item(s).
Our drivers have the discretion to refuse a donation; please do not be offended if this happens, they will only refuse items if they are not in a saleable condition, or if they think we will be unable to sell them.
Our collection team may ask you to send photos by email or WhatsApp before we arrange a collection.
We cannot pick up upholstered furniture made after 1950 that does not have the appropriate fire safety labels attached, as we are not allowed by law to sell these items.
Also, from time to time, our furniture team may decline the offer of certain items if they do not feel that we can realistically sell them.
We do deliver furniture purchased from our shops.
Delivery charges will vary depending on the shop the item was purchased from and the distance for delivery. Please enquire at our shops for delivery charges when considering a purchase of furniture.
When purchasing a large item, such as a wardrobe or sofa, please make sure that it will fit into the delivery address beforehand. We recommend taking measurements of the item and checking access before committing to buy.
Our minimum delivery charge is £25.
We do not negotiate the price of any items that we have for sale. The price we charge is the minimum price we will accept. We are, of course, happy to accept a higher price if you wish!
Of course; we are happy to provide a refund if the goods purchased are returned within 28 days with the original receipt and have all the pricing tags attached.
If you change your mind about furniture you have had delivered, we are unable to refund the delivery charge. This does not affect your statutory rights.
If you’re a UK taxpayer, you can Gift Aid your donations, whether they are gifts of money or your pre-loved possessions.
As a charity, we receive 25p for each £1 donated under Gift Aid. This means, for instance, that every £10 raised from the sale of your donations becomes £12.50 – at no extra cost to you!
Please ask in-store for a Gift Aid declaration form when you make your donation and the shop team will be happy to explain more. We will then be able to Gift Aid all of your future donations, too.
You can sign up to Gift Aid with lots of different charities, but you will need to sign a Gift Aid declaration form for each of them.