20th May 2020

    Golfers go above par for Pilgrims Hospices

    Each year, golfers combine their love for the sport with supporting local hospice care. In 2019/20 nearly £60,000 has been raised in the most recent Captain tenures. The golf community is helping to make a big difference to patients living with a terminal illness and their families in east Kent.

    With the support of club members, Captains choose a charity to raise vital funds for by organising events and setting challenges for everyone to take part in.

    Pilgrims has gratefully received the support of a number of clubs recently including Chestfield GC, Whitstable and Seasalter GC, North Forelands and Ashford GC.

    Canterbury Community Fundraising Manager, Leila Ilkhan said: “The generosity among clubs, members and their families is wonderful to see and evokes a fantastic sense of community spirit among clubhouses.”

    It is not only golf clubs that tee off in aid of charity but also our supporters who raise vital funds on the greens. Richard Foulger, who is a long-term Pilgrims supporter and member of the Tenterden Fundraising Group hosts an annual golf day at Tenterden Golf Club.

    Richard said: “Since 2008 the club has generously supported our annual golf day with many of the club members taking part, helping to raise vital funds. Over the years we’ve welcomed hundreds of supporters who enjoy a brilliant day of hospitality and cheer.”

    Together, golf clubs have helped to continue providing vital palliative care across our three hospice sites and in patients’ homes and the community.

    We really cannot thank you all enough.

    Karen Kenward, Thanet Community Fundraising Manager

    Thanet Community Fundraising Manager, Karen Kenward said: “The continued ongoing support from golf clubs is just incredible. Together, golf clubs have helped to continue providing vital palliative care across our three hospice sites and in patients’ homes and the community. We really cannot thank you all enough.”

    On behalf of everyone at Pilgrims, a very special thank you to the Captains and members at:

    • Ashford Golf Club
    • Canterbury Golf Club
    • Chestfield Golf Club
    • Etchinghill Golf Club
    • Fountain Inn Golf Club
    • Hythe Golf Club
    • Littlestone Golf Club
    • North Foreland Golf Club
    • Rye Golf Club
    • Tenterden Golf Day
    • Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club

    Please note: All photos featured were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

    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.

    14th August 2018

    Local housing association tee off again for Pilgrims Hospices

    Staff at Orbit Group in Maidstone chose to support Pilgrims Hospices for a second year in July at their annual Charity Golf Day at The Ridge Golf Club in Maidstone.

    More than 130 golfers from across the construction industry attended the 8th annual golf day, helping to raise an incredible £13,351.09 for hospice care.

    Regional Contracts Manager for Orbit Group, Wayne Shultz said: “Thanks to the generosity of our guests and our own employees in the Maidstone office, we’ve been able to support a worthy local charity.”

    Leila Ilkhan, Community Fundraising Manager for Pilgrims added: “The team at Pilgrims would like to thank the staff of Orbit Group for supporting us for the second year running.

    “The golf day was a great success and enjoyed by everyone who took part. The money raised will make a huge difference to those who receive our care locally.”

    Teams supporting the event included Jenner, McIntyre Electrical, and Kent Design Studio.

    Those competing in the charity day enjoyed the popular par 71 course set in some of the most beautiful countyside in Kent.  After trying their luck at ‘the longest drive’ and ‘closes to the pin’, everyone tucked into a tasty two-course meal shared golfing stories and raised even more vital funds by taking part in the big prize charity raffle.

    Wayne Shultz added: “Pilgrims is very close to many people’s hearts and truly demonstrates our ‘building communities’ ethos.”

    Pilgrims rely on the generous support of the local community to ensure continued specialist care and support to those living with incurable illnesses in east Kent when they need it the most.

    Patients and their families are supported at the hospices in Ashford, Canterbury, and Thanet, in the community and in the own homes.

    If you would like to find out more about Pilgrims or if you and your colleagues would like to organise a charity event then please contact your local fundraising team.

    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 the end of life care given on its wards to its Wellbeing and Social Programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.


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