19th October 2020

    Naomi’s long locks will raise vital funds for Pilgrims Hospices

    On 30th October Mayor of Hythe, Naomi Slade will be shaving her hair to raise money for Pilgrims Hospices in memory of her best friend Clare’s mum, Diane Bauckham.

    Diane was a volunteer at Pilgrims Hospice Ashford for nearly 10 years and was cared for by them at the end of her life. She had lived glamorously with breast cancer for 15 years.

    Naomi described Diane saying: “She always had such an air of grace about herself and was one of the most compassionate and caring people I’ve been lucky enough to know. She was never without her lipstick, wig (Dolly) and a flowing scarf to hide her spreading lumps. Through every stage of her illness, Diane always looked absolutely fabulous.

    Diane Bauckham

    “I don’t remember much of life without Diane’s daughter, Clare. We’ve grown up like sisters, with me having two unruly brothers and Clare as an only child, we’ve been there for each other through everything and I really don’t know where I would be without her. So I’ve never felt such heartache, as watching Clare losing her mum. There really are no words.

    “It made me realise just how important our hospices are and the need to fundraise, to help support the incredible work they do.”


    She always had such an air of grace about herself and was one of the most compassionate and caring people I’ve been lucky enough to know.


    Wendy Kelk, Pilgrims Hospices  Services Manager said: “Diane was a valued member of the reception team, we were lucky to have her volunteer for us and I was personally appreciative to her for her hard work and passion. Every week Diane would come along very neat with immaculate hair and fabulous clothes.  I would personally describe her as glamourous, her appearance meant a lot to her.  Diane was very dignified and a wonderful welcoming face to the visitors at the hospice.  When I heard about the head shave I thought it very fitting that someone was prepared to shave their head for Diane, when appearance meant so much to her.”

    Naomi will also be donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust, where along with other hair donations they are transformed into beautiful wigs. These are given for free to children and young people, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

    If you would like to donate to Naomi’s fundraiser you can do so  on her JustGiving page.

    Pilgrims Hospices cares for more than 2,500 local people each year, free of charge, during the most challenging time in their lives. They offer care and support in people’s own homes, in the community and in their inpatient units as well as running a 24-hour advice line.




    12th August 2020

    Head shave raises £2,000 for Pilgrims Hospices

    Sally Gibbs has supported Pilgrims Hospices with a spontaneous head shave to help raise vital funds to support end of life care. To make this challenge even more memorable Sally’s head was shaved by her mother- in-law, Sylvia Gibbs who is currently receiving care in Margate.

    Sally said; “I would just like to thank everyone that supported me and donated towards this amazing charity.

    “Pilgrims Hospices go above and beyond to help and care for loved ones. I just wanted to show my appreciation for everything they do.

    “By shaving my head, together we raised £2,000, which was a great effort. Thank you and everyone and stay safe.”

    Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager said; “Having incredible people like Sally and Sylvia supporting our charity helps us to continue to provide daily palliative care throughout east Kent to the next person that needs us.

    “£25 would pay for one hour of specialist nursing care in one of our inpatient units.  Sally, Sylvia, family and friends have helped provide 80 hours to the next person that needs us.

    “Thank you to each and everyone of you that made a donation to make this possible, and most of all thank you Sally for taking on this courageous challenge.”

    Care is provided from three hospice sites in Thanet, Canterbury and Ashford 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.

    If you would like to take on a challenge in support of our charity, please contact:

    Karen Kenward on 01843 233934 on email: karen.kenward@pilgrimshospices.org  or look at our new virtual site for ideas: www.pilgrimshospices.org/event/stayhomehospicehero/

    We need you more than ever.

    Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to over 2,500 people in east Kent coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured.  The charity supports patient’s to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.


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