7th February 2023

    Celebration Prize Draw raised £57,000 in it’s milestone 40th year

    There’s nothing quite like taking part in a prize draw, especially if you know your contribution is helping a local charity to provide valuable care and support for people in your community.

    Pilgrims Hospices celebrates 40 years of end-of-life care, and is delighted to announce the Celebration Prize Draw raised an incredible £57,000 for patient care across east Kent.

    Shiralee Riddell, Pilgrims Lottery Manager said: “It’s a milestone year for the hospices, and with the support of the thousands of people who purchased tickets, and took part in our Celebratory 40th Prize Draw; we know we’re helping even more people to live well in every moment, in their own homes and in our hospice wards.”

    Congratulations to our big prize winners:

    • Mrs V from Ashford winning £2,040
    • Mr F from Herne Bay winning £1,040
    • Miss P from Canterbury winning £540
    • 100s of smaller cash prizes were won, with all lucky prize winners receiving their cheques before Christmas

    Shiralee added: “We would also like to thank all of our members new and old. More than 3,000 additional or new entries have been taken out to support your local hospices in this last year alone.  We now have more than 21,000 members thanks to our fabulous team, and the tremendous support for our wonderful hospices from the community.

    It’s a milestone year for the hospices

    Shiralee, Pilgrims Lottery Manager

    “Our lucky winners across the year have told us of the difference their wins have made to them, from long awaited travel plans to finally see loved ones, to parties for those big birthdays and anniversaries, to treating family and friends. All delighted and pleasantly surprised to have a win whilst supporting your very special Pilgrims Hospices. Over 5,500 cash prizes have been sent out in the last year alone.

    “Thank you to all who treated loved ones, bought tickets, promoted products, collected and paid subscriptions, sold scratch cards and joined our weekly Lottery. We really couldn’t do it without you.”

    £25 pays for one full hour of compassionate care by a specialist nurse. Together, we really do make a difference.

    If you would like to join Pilgrims Hospices Lottery, please call 01227 379 741 or click here to join now.

    Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to thousands of people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.

    Care is provided from three hospice sites in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet, as well as in patients’ own homes. To offer these services to patients and their families, the charity must raise £11 million each year from the generous local community.

    24th October 2022

    Pilgrims Lottery 40th Birthday Celebratory Christmas Draw

    Every year, Pilgrims Hospices Lottery team ask the community to spread some Christmas cheer by purchasing their annual Pilgrims Hospices Christmas Prize Draw tickets.

    This year, the much-loved local charity is celebrating its 40th birthday, with a guaranteed prize fund of £4,040 including a first prize of £2,040. All prizes will be sent out to the lucky winners in time for Christmas! They are asking the local community buy a ticket or two to help with continued support for Pilgrims’ end-of-life patients across east Kent.

    Shiralee Riddell, Pilgrims Lottery Manager told us: “We recently posted tickets to our Pilgrims Lottery members and supporters, the response so far has been very encouraging.

    “We care for people with illnesses that cannot be cured, our services are provided free of charge for our three sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, within our Therapy Centres and in patients’ own homes; our care is also extended to families and carers .”

    £25 will pay for an hours’ specialist nursing care in one of our in-patient units.

    £15 goes towards mini toiletries for a patient who needs them.

    £12 gives a patient staying in one of our hospices a delicious meal on Christmas day.

    If you are not on Pilgrims’ regular mailing list and would like some tickets, please:

    Please do take part; your generous support is greatly appreciated by our patients and their loved ones

    Shiralee, Pilgrims Hospices

    Whether you join the weekly Pilgrims Lottery for £1 per lottery number, purchase £1 Christmas Draw tickets, or purchase a gift voucher, wedding favours or a Pilgrims scratch card, you will definitely be making a difference.

    Shiralee added: “Please do take part; your generous support is greatly appreciated by our patients and their loved ones, and it makes an incredible difference at the most difficult of times. Thank you.”

    Please support your local hospice by calling Shiralee for your tickets. In order to make sure tickets are included, counterfoils must be returned by 8 December, the Christmas Draw takes place on 15 December 2022. Over 16s only, full T&Cs are on our website:


    Pilgrims Hospices is dedicated to proving skilled and compassionate care, free of charge, to people living with an incurable illness in east Kent. Pilgrims vision is that people with a life-limiting illness are supported and empowered to live well in mind and body, making the most of the time have. They care for thousands of patients and their families each year, at their three inpatients units in Canterbury, Thanet and Ashford, their Therapy Centres or in patients’ homes.


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