27th March 2023

    Bouncing into spring with Pilgrims Lottery

    Pilgrims Hospices Lottery raises vital funds for hospice services each year. It offers a fun and simple way to help Pilgrims support local people who are living with an incurable illness.

    Shiralee Riddell, Lottery Manager, shares news and updates from the Lottery team and explains how our Lottery members make a difference.

    Spring has definitely sprung, and I’m sure we are all looking forward to the longer, lighter days ahead and enjoying the sights and sounds that spring brings.

    It has been another busy year for the Pilgrims Hospices Lottery team and we are on target to raise an incredible £1.2m thanks to your amazing and unwavering generosity and support. Thank you!

    We’ve sent out winners cheques to over 5,500 lucky people in our local community this last year, and amongst the many winners we’ve seen a £15k rollover winner!

    Our 40th celebratory draw raised nearly £57,000 and we’ve sold 969 scratch cards. You’ve surprised 131 wedding guests with Pilgrims Hospices Lottery wedding favours and gift vouchers, and 147 lucky loved ones received our Christmas gift vouchers. 1,347 of you have taken out additional entries or joined since April 2022. This is amazing, and all the more impressive in these increasingly difficult times; thank you.

    It’s a real privilege for us to know that we are a part of your lives, celebrations and festivities. Your support makes such a difference to the lives of many people in the local community; your friends, neighbours, relatives and loved ones could all benefit from the vital services our wonderful care teams are able to provide because of your kindness.

    Did you know that…

    • A year’s Lottery membership could pay for a one-to-one bereavement counselling session
    • The purchase of a book of 40th celebratory draw tickets helped pay for an in-patient’s meals for a day
    • Christmas gift vouchers bought for loved ones helped provide over 200 pamper sessions for our patients

    How do we raise such a fabulous amount of money – over £1 million every year?! We think one reason could be that whilst many charity lotteries have increased their entry cost, we’ve retained many of our loyal supporters (some joined in 1996, the year Pilgrims Hospices Lottery began) by choosing to keep our weekly entry cost to just £1. You’re then able to choose how much you would like to give. You can have more than one entry into our weekly draw, which is great news for you as you can increase your chances of winning, and even better news for us as we raise even more funds to help provide our compassionate care. A real win win!

    If you aren’t already a member of our weekly Lottery draw, you can join using your preferred payment method; join online or call our friendly team on 01227 379 741. You’ll receive confirmation and your membership numbers in the post. As soon as your payment is received, you’re in the draw and will continue to be all the time funds are in your Lottery account.

    There are 106 guaranteed weekly prizes plus a rollover, which has to be won at £20k. You’ve got to be in it to win it! From then on, just sit back and wait for your winning cheques to be mailed out you, no need to claim – but if you would like to check, the winning numbers are available on our website every week.

    To buy our scratch cards, simply go into your local Pilgrims charity shop or Pilgrims Hospice and they are available to buy at the till. You could win £1,000!

    For gift vouchers and wedding favours, simply call us on 01227 379 741 or click here, where you will also find full T&Cs and additional information.

    Don’t forget, you can join or take out additional entries online, too.

    You must be 16 years of age or older.

    If you’d like any more information, email lottery@pilgrimshospices.org; we look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes and thank you again for all of your support.

    We couldn’t do it without you!


    Pilgrims Hospices Lottery Manager

    Pilgrims Hospices cares for thousands of 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.

    25th July 2022

    Lottery member Lynette gives back to Pilgrims Hospices

    Lynette Young from Chartfields in the Kingsnorth area of Ashford is a long-time supporter of Pilgrims Hospices; she has played the charity’s Lottery for 10 years and taken part in several fundraising events, raising more than £2,000 for local hospice care. 

    Having seen close friends benefit from Pilgrims’ vital services, Lynette is inspired to give back and support the local hospice charity however she can.

    Lynette during her 55km walk on the Pilgrims Way Challenge

    She said: “Pilgrims is such a great place, and you never know who might need it. Two very close friends have had loved ones pass away at the Ashford hospice – in 2017, and just this year in January 2022. I know everyone there is fabulous, warm and caring, and I truly believe you never know what is around the corner. It is a great local charity here in east Kent.”

    Lynette joined Pilgrims Hospices Lottery after the charity gave a talk at her workplace. She has been a lucky Lottery winner and inspired friends to join, too. She gave some of her winnings to her eldest daughter and her boyfriend to put towards their first home, and is saving the rest to do something special with her family.

    Lynette has also raised money for Pilgrims through taking part in events, including night-time walks and the Pilgrims Way Challenge.

    She continued: “I’m incredibly lucky to have supportive family and friends. When I share my fundraising on Facebook, so many amazing people donate – I can only put this down to them knowing how much I try to support Pilgrims and also that I love a challenge!

    “I’m a true believer in supporting local and as a local charity, Pilgrims is close to my heart. They really are brilliant. I know the money I raise will help to keep hospice services running.”

    Shiralee Riddell, Lottery Manager, said: “Thank you for your continued kind support of the work of Pilgrims Hospices, Lynette; you really do make a difference to so many local people.”

    Fancy trying your luck with Pilgrims Hospices Lottery?

    Join the local hospice lottery that really does make a difference.

    Pilgrims Hospices cares for thousands of 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.

    2nd October 2018

    Raffles’ recipe for a Magical Christmas Superdraw

    The Magical Christmas draw tickets have landed at homes across east Kent, express delivery!  The last six draws have raised an incredible £500,000 for vital care locally. Good-hearted supporters will often go to amazing lengths to raise funds for their much-loved local hospice charity. Pilgrims Hospices Christmas draw tickets are just one way that you can help from the comfort of your armchair.

    There are 13 super cash prizes to be won in this year’s draw, which will take place on Thursday 13 December. Winners will receive their prizes in good time for extra Christmas treats. All responses received within 30 days will also be in with a chance of winning a £50 M&S gift voucher.

    Shiralee Riddell, Pilgrims Lottery Manager, said: “Every year we are very grateful for the generosity of our Superdraw supporters. The response to our special festive draw is so positive; every ticket purchased will make a huge difference to someone who needs Pilgrims’ care.”

    The hospices will be busy over the Christmas period, helping our patients and their families to share precious time together. Every £12 raised by the Magical Superdraw tickets will provide a special Christmas meal for someone who is being cared for on our wards during the festive season.

    Every year we are delighted with the response to our special festive draw.

    Shiralee Riddell, Pilgrims Hospices Lottery Manager

    The charity needs to raise £11 million each year to maintain the services and care for local people and is committed to improving and developing its services to proivde better care for people in the local community.

    Pilgrims Magical Christmas Superdraw is just one of the ways you can help us achieve this massive sum. Your support really does help to create magical moments for those in our care and their families. Thank you for your amazing support”, added Shiralee.

    If you haven’t received your tickets or wish to buy some or order additional tickets, please email magicalchristmas@pilgrimshospices.org or call Shiralee on 01227 379 741 today.

    Each year Pilgrims supports thousands of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from 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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