Embracing eco-friendliness: Pilgrims Hospices volunteer Christine’s heart-warming initiatives at St. Dunstan’s Church

Nestled in the heart of Canterbury, former nurse and retired residential care home manager, Christine Todd shines as a beacon of eco-consciousness and community warmth.

As an active member of the Mother’s Union at St. Dunstan’s Church and a dedicated volunteer at Pilgrims Hospices’ St. Dunstan’s shop, Christine’s efforts reflect a deep commitment to sustainability and caring for others.


At the forefront of Christine’s work is the School Uniform Sale, a monthly event crafted with care and passion. Held at St. Dunstan’s Church Hall on the first Saturday of each month, this initiative goes beyond just swapping clothes; it’s about embracing eco-friendly practices and supporting our community. Shoppers are kindly asked to make donations for uniform items with all proceeds donated to Pilgrims Hospices.

Through the School Uniform Sale, Christine and her team offer parents access to high-quality school clothing while championing eco-friendliness. From shirts and trousers to skirts and jumpers, every item finds a new home through this sustainable effort. Christine emphasises the importance of reusing and repurposing items, especially in times with so many challenges and environmental worries.

Reflecting on the significance of the sale, Christine, a local resident and dedicated volunteer, shares her thoughts: “I take care of all the donated uniform items,” Christine says, highlighting the attention to detail that ensures each garment is in top condition for the sale. With a focus on making shopping easy, Christine and her colleagues organise items by size, making it simple for visitors.

Christine’s journey toward eco-consciousness is deeply personal. Having cared for her husband with support from Pilgrims Hospices’ Hospice at Home services, she experienced first-hand the charity’s compassion and dedication. Now, as a volunteer and organiser, Christine finds comfort and purpose in giving back to the community that once supported her.

Volunteering at the hospice shop has been a regular part of Christine’s week for over five years. Days are always accompanied by coffee and Christine’s homemade cakes, a favourite of her follow volunteers being lemon drizzle, and rock cakes are particularly popular with the Pilgrims van drivers.

Charlotte Brown, Pilgrims Hospice Retail Manager, praises Christine’s dedication and underscores the vital role volunteers play in the charity’s work. She expresses gratitude for the School Uniform Sale association and emphasises how every donation makes a difference in providing end-of-life care.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christine’s initiatives demonstrate the resilience and unity of the community. By promoting eco-friendliness and extending a helping hand, Christine and her team show the power of collective action.

For Christine, the School Uniform Sale isn’t just a fundraiser; it’s a symbol of hope and compassion. With each donation and garment repurposed, they pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future for Canterbury and beyond.

In a world where community spirit and environmental consciousness are crucial, Christine’s unwavering commitment shines brightly, inspiring others to join her in making a difference, one garment at a time.

If you’d like to donate school clothing items from local schools in the Canterbury area, Pilgrims Hospices shop at 78 St. Dunstan’s Road, Canterbury CT2 8NH will gladly accept them for the School Uniform Sale.

The School Uniform Sale takes place on the first Saturday of each month  between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon at St. Dunstan’s Church Hall, 80 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8LS.

If you’re interested in volunteering for Pilgrims Hospices, visit pilgrimshospices.org/volunteer for more information and current opportunities.


Pilgrims Hospices is a registered charity providing specialist palliative care to individuals with life-limiting illnesses across East Kent. With a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, Pilgrims Hospices is committed to delivering compassionate care and support to patients and their families, ensuring dignity, comfort, and quality of life.