8th July 2024

    Bag stylish deals for £1 at Pilgrims Hospices’ epic £1 Clothing Sale at Tivoli Warehouse, Margate!

    Pilgrims Hospices is thrilled to announce its £1 Clothing Sale event to be held at the Tivoli Warehouse in Margate.

    Scheduled for Friday 19 – Saturday 20 July 2024, this special event promises to be an eco-friendly shopping extravaganza, offering a wide range of pre-loved items at just £1 each.

    Opening times are from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on both days.


    Eco-Friendly shopping experience

    The Tivoli Warehouse is the perfect setting for this green shopping experience, emphasising recycling and sustainability. Shoppers can expect a variety of clothing items, all at the unbeatable price of £1. This event is not only a fantastic opportunity to grab great deals, but also a chance to support eco-friendly practices by reusing and recycling goods.

    Furniture bargains and delivery services

    In addition to the £1 sale, the Tivoli Warehouse will showcase a wide variety of pre-loved furniture, also available at great prices! Along with furniture, the warehouse stocks, bric-a-brac, art, mirrors, DVDs and electrical goods to suit all pockets, and offers ease of access for donating and loading purchased items. Our dedicated delivery team is on hand to help arrange the transport of any large items directly to your home, making it easier than ever to furnish your space with sustainable choices.

    Supporting hospice care in east Kent

    Every purchase and donation made at the Tivoli Warehouse directly supports Pilgrims Hospices, helping to fund essential hospice care services in east Kent. We gladly accept donations at the warehouse, and each contribution plays a vital role in providing compassionate care for those in need.

    Ashleigh Lamberton-Coll, Pilgrims Hospices Shop Manager for both the Tivoli Brooks and the Cliftonville shops,  encourages everyone to come along and bag a bargain. “All goods will be displayed on rails for ease of shopping,” Ashleigh says. “Whether you’re looking for some summer wardrobe offers, or thinking about something to start the next season’s wardrobe, we will have some amazing items.”

    Join us on Friday 19 – Saturday 20 July 2024!

    Join our Facebook event and let your friends know you’re coming, too.

    We invite everyone to join us for this exciting event. Our staff is eager to welcome happy shoppers and make this first £1 event at Tivoli a memorable success. Come for the unbeatable bargains, stay for the eco-friendly shopping experience, and leave knowing you’ve made a difference in your community.

    You can pay by cash or card on the day for your affordable fashion.  Unfortunately, there will not be any changing rooms available at the event, so please do bring along a tape measure if you wish to measure for size.

    Thank you for your support.

    We extend our heartfelt thanks to all our supporters and shoppers. Your participation and donations are crucial in continuing our mission to provide exceptional hospice care in east Kent.

    For more information, please call the Tivoli Warehouse on 01227 203 183 or visit at Unit C, Tivoli Brooks, Margate CT9 5FG.


    Pilgrims Hospices is a charity dedicated to providing expert care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses in East Kent. Our services ensure comfort, dignity, and quality of life for patients and their families, offering compassionate care both in hospice settings and in the community.

    22nd May 2024

    Steven: “I’m privileged to work with incredibly awe-inspiring volunteers”

    Steven Joseph from Ashford started volunteering at Pilgrims Hospices’ Hythe shop in 2021. The time he gives makes such a positive difference to people across east Kent who are in need of Pilgrims’ vital, compassionate care.

    Steven shares what he enjoys about his role and encourages others to embrace volunteering.


    Steven started volunteering because he wanted to give back to his local community and help others.

    He said: “I’m privileged to work with incredibly awe-inspiring volunteers who are highly accomplished and show remarkable compassion, much witty humour and a rare elegance in their can-do work ethic, all while raising funds for Pilgrims.

    “Volunteering in the Hythe shop helps to generate valuable income for the charity; my role includes serving customers, merchandising and sorting stock for sale.”

    Volunteering for Pilgrims is very rewarding, whatever role you choose. The diversity of the volunteer team, with their many different experiences, benefits everyone involved – patients, families, staff and volunteers alike.

    Steven

    Joanne Mardle, Hythe Shop Manager, said: “Steven has been a great asset to our team; he is always willing to help in any way he can.”

    Steven added: “Volunteering for Pilgrims is very rewarding, whatever role you choose. The diversity of the volunteer team, with their many different experiences, benefits everyone involved – patients, families, staff and volunteers alike.”


    Inspired to become a Pilgrims’ volunteer?

    Visit pilgrimshospices.org/volunteer and look out for more stories and information throughout Volunteers’ Week!


    Volunteers’ Week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK. The celebration starts on the first Monday in June every year. It’s a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.


    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.

    Michael: “Volunteering is one of the best things you can do”

    Michael Reynolds from Ramsgate volunteered within Pilgrims Hospices’ retail team from 2021-2022. He enjoyed his role at the Ramsgate shop, helping with the day-to-day operations that keep it running smoothly and provide an excellent experience for both customers and donors.

    The Pilgrims team helped Michael to develop his skills, and he felt so supported that he ultimately found permanent employment as a Retail Supervisor at a local Morrisons Daily store.


    The thank you card that Michael gave to the Ramsgate shop team when he left his volunteer role at Pilgrims

    Michael shares how his volunteer role made a positive impact in his life and why others should get involved.

    Michael’s mum, Sara, was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and cared for by Pilgrims towards the end of her life.

    Michael said: “Before I started volunteering, my mental health was not at its best. My mother passed away in 2019, after which I’d planned her funeral and had to try to find somewhere to live. I didn’t think I was ready for work, or even ready for anything. I’d barely had time to grieve.

    “But I couldn’t stay at home, moping around. My friends had been so supportive but I needed to get out there.

    “I heard that Pilgrims’ Ramsgate shop was looking for volunteers and decided to go for it. Pilgrims had been so wonderful and supported Mum and my family during her battle with cancer – some of the staff even attended her funeral. I wanted to give back however I could; volunteering seemed like a fantastic way to do that.

    “When I started, I was very much “in my shell”, but over time I gained confidence. At the Ramsgate shop, I didn’t have colleagues, I had a family. I loved every moment. I operated tills, processed donations, priced them up and helped move furniture donations. I had a wonderful relationship with staff and customers alike and thoroughly enjoyed my time as a volunteer.”

    It’s one of the best things you can do; you meet great new people, gain valuable experience, and develop truly helpful life skills. Volunteering is a crucial part of supporting your local community and the charity you are volunteering for.

    Michael

    Alex Hancock, Shop Manager, added:

    “When Michael started with us, he was very shy. As time went on, his confidence grew. He was always very polite, helpful, and an absolute credit to the store. So many customers and volunteers would compliment his manners and courteousness. He became a real asset to the team, willing to step in at short notice if needed. I was delighted when Michael got the job at Morrisons Daily, but also gutted for the store as I knew we were losing a valuable part of the Ramsgate family. We wish him all the very best in his role and future career.”

    And what would Michael tell someone who is considering volunteering for Pilgrims?

    “It’s one of the best things you can do; you meet great new people, gain valuable experience, and develop truly helpful life skills. Volunteering is a crucial part of supporting your local community and the charity you are volunteering for. Never, ever, pass up the opportunity.

    “By volunteering for Pilgrims, you become part of a family who all want to do right by the community. Pilgrims pulled me out of a depressed state and pushed me to do better for myself, and now I’m a Retail Supervisor.

    “Give it a go. You won’t regret it!”


    Inspired to become a Pilgrims’ volunteer?

    Visit pilgrimshospices.org/volunteer and look out for more stories and information throughout Volunteers’ Week!


    Volunteers’ Week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK. The celebration starts on the first Monday in June every year. It’s a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.


    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.

    14th May 2024

    Music and Media sale to rock Canterbury in support of Pilgrims Hospices

    Get ready to groove and give back! Pilgrims Hospices is thrilled to announce its upcoming Music and Media Sale on Saturday, May 18th, at St. Peter’s Church Hall,  St. Peter’s Street in Canterbury. This one-of-a-kind extravaganza promises an unparalleled collection of 100,000 CDs, vinyl records, DVDs, books, and media-related merchandise, all available at rock-bottom prices starting as low as 50p.


    Music enthusiasts and media lovers alike are invited to delve into a treasure trove of sonic delights. With an impressive line-up spanning from the iconic Rolling Stones and Beatles to the timeless tunes of George Michael and the beats of hip-hop masters, there’s something for every musical palate.

    Expect massive deals on great artists, many on special three-for-two offers, and every opportunity to pick up an amazing bargain. The Pilgrims team will be on hand with their vast product knowledge to help shoppers and dealers alike find those special items that hit that musical spot.

    But it’s not just about the tunes! St. Peter’s Church Hall, St. Peter’s Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BE, will transform into a haven for media enthusiasts, offering an array of T-shirts and memorabilia for fans to cherish. Whether you’re a vinyl collector, DVD aficionado, or searching for the perfect concert tee, the Massive Music and Media Sale has something for everyone.

    What sets this event apart is its commitment to eco-friendly practices. Pilgrims Hospices recognises the importance of sustainability and encourages patrons to participate in environmentally conscious purchasing. By choosing to buy from this event, attendees not only add gems to their music collections but also contribute to the noble cause of supporting end-of-life care at Pilgrims Hospices.

    Jonathan Gummer, E-commerce Manager at Pilgrims Hospices Retail, expressed his excitement about the event, saying, “We’re thrilled to host this electrifying event that combines the love for music and media with the spirit of giving. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together, enjoy great music, find unique treasures, and support a cause that makes a real difference in people’s lives.”

    Can’t make the date? Fear not!

    Visit the Pilgrims Hospice eBay site, where you’ll find many interesting and collectible items that might just pique your interest.

    For more information, please contact: Jonathan Gummer, E-commerce, Pilgrims Hospices Retail at jonathan.gummer@pilgrimshospices.org or telephone 07972 855 204.

    Join us on Saturday, May 18th, for an unforgettable day of music, media, and philanthropy. Let’s rock Canterbury and make a difference in the lives of those in need!


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

    20th December 2023

    Hannah shines with sustainable creativity in Pilgrims Hospices Store 50 window displays

    Pilgrims Hospices is proud to spotlight the remarkable work of Hannah Golding, the window dressing specialist at Pilgrims Hospices Store 50 in Canterbury. Hannah’s innovative and sustainable approach to window displays has garnered attention and praise, making her an invaluable asset to the Pilgrims team.

    Innovation and Repurposing:

    Hannah Golding’s window displays are renowned for their creativity and innovation. When asked about her inspiration, she shared, “I always try to think about, moving forward, how I can use and reuse some of these pieces in the future, being totally sustainable.” A prime example is her Christmas display, which is a take on Widow Twanky from the Marlow Theatre Christmas Pantomime, featuring a repurposed pantomime dame costume made from repurposed or upcycled textiles, cardboard, and plastic bottles, showcasing her unique ability to turn pre-owned items into captivating works of art.

     

    I try to make the most of the space in our small window to create maximum impact on the high street, and the brilliant mannequins we have always help with the theatrics.

    Hannah    –     Pilgrims

    Sustainability Focus:

    Sustainability is at the heart of Hannah’s work. “The windows are so important to our shops. Sustainable Santa was such a success in the window last year; I thought we were on to something here,” she explains. By showcasing sustainable items, Hannah not only promotes responsible consumption but also helps build the brand of the store as a hub for eco-friendly and fashionable finds.

    Local Collaboration:

    Hannah’s collaboration with local organisations, like using the pantomime dame costume from a Marlow Theatre production, adds a fascinating touch to her displays. She emphasises the importance of community involvement, stating, “It was wonderful to be donated the costume by the Marlow Theatre; I hope we will be able to work with them on future projects.”

    Challenges and Solutions:

    Working with pre-owned items presents challenges, but Hannah navigates them adeptly. She elaborates on the process of creating displays: “I try to make the most of the space in our small window to create maximum impact on the high street, and the brilliant mannequins we have always help with the theatrics.” Her dedication to maintaining quality and visual appeal is evident in every display.

    Community Engagement:

    Hannah ensures her displays resonate with the local community. “We really want our windows to be part of the community,” she says. By gauging and incorporating community preferences, especially during festive seasons like Christmas, Hannah makes the store a vibrant and welcoming space.

    Long-Term Impact:

    Beyond aesthetic appeal, Hannah believes her work has a broader impact on raising awareness about sustainable practices and responsible consumption. “Our displays truly strike a chord with our customers, and we are enthusiastic about our ongoing integration into the wider community,” she adds.

    Hannah Golding, 43, born in Canterbury and currently residing in Whitstable, has been working with Pilgrims Hospices for a year. Apart from her window dressing role, Hannah is also involved in jewellery making under the guise of ‘little shop of hnh’, and is part of the makers shop Walrus & Oyster in Burgate, Canterbury, showcasing her multifaceted talents. @littleshopofhnh – littleshopofhnh.etsy.com

    Store50 has recently been awarded the Canterbury BID, Christmas Window Competition 2023, Platinum Award!

    Store 50, 50 St Peters Street, Canterbury CT1 2BE, 01227 949609

    Follow us on social media for updates:

    Facebook Store50: Pilgrims Hospices; Instagram: @pilgrimsshop-store50

    www.pilgrimshospices.org


    Pilgrims Hospices is a charitable organisation dedicated to providing compassionate care and support for individuals facing life-limiting illnesses. With a focus on quality of life and well-being, Pilgrims Hospices serves the community by offering a range of services and support for patients and their families.

    29th September 2023

    Gift Aid Day – #tickthebox

    Gift Aid Awareness Day takes place on October 5th, 2023, and is an excellent opportunity for Pilgrims Hospices and its dedicated team of staff, and volunteers to engage with supporters and emphasise the importance of Gift Aid in boosting charitable donations.

    Gift Aid is a tax relief system that allows registered charities, like Pilgrims Hospices to claim an additional 25% on eligible donations, and it comes at no extra cost to the individual donors.

    Tim Stewart, Pilgrims Hospices Head of Retail said: “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our supporters for their commitment to Pilgrims Hospices.  Donations to our shops and warehouses are invaluable in supporting the essential work we do. Our charity claimed over £200k last year, and would love to claim more!

    “By choosing to Gift Aid your donations, you are allowing our charity to reclaim tax on your contributions from the government. This means that for the donated items sold in our shops; every £1 raised, Pilgrims Hospices can receive an additional 25p, making your contributions go much further.”

    Every additional 25p is making an impact, enabling Pilgrims to provide more care, support for more patients, or more investment in essential facilities and equipment.

    No Extra Cost:

    We can’t emphasise enough, that Gift Aid doesn’t cost supporters anything extra. It’s simply a way to maximise the value of their donations. Their generosity can go even further without any additional financial burden.

    The challenges that charities like Pilgrims Hospices face, are considerable in today’s environment, including increased demand for services and rising costs. Every Gift Aid donation makes a significant difference in meeting these challenges. That’s why your Gift Aid is more critical than ever.

    How to #tickthebox: It’s a simple process and only needs to be completed once; our friendly staff and volunteers can assist with completing the form in store.  If you would like to get in touch with a member of the Pilgrims team regarding Gift Aid, please email giftaid@pilgrimshospices.org.

    We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our supporters for their commitment to Pilgrims Hospices

    Tim     –     Pilgrims

    At Pilgrims Hospices we have a simple vision of a community where people with a life limiting illness, and their family and friends are supported, and empowered to live well in mind and body until the very last moment of their life.

    Your Gift Aid can play a pivotal role in achieving it. We hope our dedicated friends and supporters will continue to care for our charity and be an integral part of making a meaningful impact on the lives of those we care for.

    Pilgrims Hospices has 31 shops throughout east Kent, ranging from furniture warehouses, vintage clothing, specialist book shops, thrifty discount stores, and our general stores featuring contents to suit everyone. You can find information on our website pilgrimshospices.org/get-involved-shop-with-us.


    Each year Pilgrims’ gives care to thousands of people across east Kent. 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 approximately £11 million each year from the generous local community.

     

     

     

     

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