Local fundraising group raises thousands for hospice care

Brambling Fundraising Group based in Canterbury has once again excelled in their fundraising for Pilgrims Hospices raising £11,600 during 2018 for local hospice caretaking their total to over £78,000!

The group was formed in 2003 when locals Kim and Jo Tatman, who were new to the village of Brambling decided to bring back some community spirit by organising a local village fete, Pilgrims being the local cause the community chose to support.

Kim Tatman, Group Coordinator said; “Brambling village didn’t appear to have any events when we arrived and so between us and our neighbours we set about planning a village fete. It was clear that Pilgrims is a cause that is close to so many people’s hearts and so we knew it would be a deserving cause to support.”

Over the last 15 years, their fundraising has grown and the variety of fundraising activities organised include race nights, produce shows, quiz nights, Elvis nights and lots more!

Leila Ilkhan, Community Fundraising Manager said: “We are overwhelmed by the support that Kim, Jo, and their friends in the Brambling Fundraising Group give to Pilgrims each year. It is great to see a community work together for one cause with so much passion and energy.”

As the group goes into their 16thyear, we hear that a skydive might be on the cards as well as sponsored runs, walks and garden parties!

Kim added: “We are all determined to continue our support and hope to reach the magic milestone of £100,000 in a couple of years!”

If you are feeling inspired by the Brambling Fundraising Group and feel that you would like to start a fundraising group in your local area then please get in touch with leila.ilkhan@pilgrimshospices.org for more information.


Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life-limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its new wellbeing and social programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.