Pilgrims Pre-Loved Christmas Fair raises thousands for local hospice care

Hundreds flocked to Pilgrims Hospices Pre-Loved Christmas Fair at Westgate Hall in Canterbury on Saturday 23 November. It was a huge success for the second year running, raising more than £4,000 for hospice care across east Kent.


Visitors enjoyed a range of seasonal stalls, all run by Pilgrims staff and volunteers and stocked with items donated to Pilgrims shops. From games, toys and toiletries to a Christmas jumper sale and festive homeware, there was something for everyone. Homemade cakes, biscuits and sweet treats were also on offer.

We raised an incredible £4,222 for local hospice care. This exceeded our expectations and is 35% more money raised than at the same event last year. The footfall was amazing; we welcomed around 300 supporters on the day.

Mandy Hawkett, Retail Area Manager

Sally Keeling said: “Thank you to all the staff and volunteers for an amazing pre-loved event. Our second year of coming and we loved it.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus made a special guest appearance too, greeting excited children in Santa’s grotto. 4-year-old Lilly Naughton said: “It was the best Santa adventure ever!”

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The day was another fantastic success for the Pilgrims Retail team who work across the charity’s 32 shops in east Kent. Mandy Hawkett, Retail Area Manager, said:

“It was a brilliant day with lovely feedback from supporters and our team of volunteers. We were supported by either staff or volunteers from every Pilgrims shop. The whole event was a real Retail team effort; from the warehouse manager dressed as a minion, to volunteers baking cakes and knitting, the Retail admin team wrapping presents and our Retail and Business Development Manager Tim serving tea and coffee.

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“We raised an incredible £4,222 for local hospice care. This exceeded our expectations and is 35% more money raised than at the same event last year. The footfall was amazing; we welcomed around 300 supporters on the day. Charlotte Brown (Retail Manager East) organised another brilliant event for the second year running and has already started planning next year’s Pre-Loved Christmas Fair.”

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