Pilgrims Hospice has won Canterbury College’s Outstanding Employer Award 2020. The award is the first of its kind and was given to Pilgrims’ catering department for its quality of student work placements.
Pilgrims’ Catering Services Manager, Ian Ashton, commented: “We’re delighted to receive this award from Canterbury College and have the department’s work recognised.
“I believe the work experience students gain at Pilgrims are an essential part of their education. It is a privilege to help them learn new skills and develop their future careers.”
Pilgrims has partnered with colleges in east Kent for more than a decade and the catering team has welcomed dozens of students through its doors in recent years.
What started as students making afternoon tea for volunteers, staff and patients rapidly developed into work placements in the hospice kitchens.
We’re delighted to receive this award from Canterbury College.
Ian Ashton – Pilgrims Hospices Catering Services Manager
Many former Pilgrims’ students have gone on to enjoy successful careers in catering and some enjoyed their work experience so much they stayed on!
Abbie Kay, East Kent College’s Industry Liaison Officer, says: “The placements and opportunities that Pilgrims have assisted us with allow our students to learn in the industry that they are studying.
“They also give students a sense of helping out and many of our students have some sort of personal connection with Pilgrims Hospices.”
Ian adds: “Without my team, these opportunities couldn’t be offered to students, so I would like to thank them for all they do. I’d also like thank Canterbury College for this award – it’s nice for the department’s work to be recognised outside the organisation.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Employer Awards ceremony could not go ahead as planned. Instead, the college created a digital experience for this year’s eight winners, which included a video message from the college’s Principal and an Employer Awards webpage.
Congratulations to Ian and the catering team for winning this prestigious award!
If you would like to find out more about working with Pilgrims Hospices click here. Our volunteering opportunities can be found here.
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 support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.
19th December 2019
Turkey and all the trimmings
Turkey Christmas meals for over 600 patients, visitors, volunteers and staff will be generously supplied by Appledore Turkeys again this festive season. Ian Ashton, Pilgrims Hospices Catering Manager collected the donation and distributed across all three hospice sites this week.
Ian said: “Appledore are regular supporters, their kind donation of turkeys has been helping my team to prepare delicious festive turkey meals for a number of years now.
“Not only do we prepare a traditional feast for service users within our Therapy Centres, for visitors and, staff during the festive season; we plan creative dishes and alternative menus for those who require more specialist dietary requirements.
“Their generous donation makes an enormous difference to our kitchens, helping us to provide a really special traditional festive treat for those within our care.
“I would like to send a huge thank you to owners Andrew and Clive Wreathall, their families and colleagues at Appledore Turkeys who always think of us here at Pilgrims Hospices and help us to deliver some truly special Christmas meals.”
The family run business has a farming heritage dating back to 1940 when grandfather Frank Wreathall first started rearing turkeys. Today the farm has over 1,200 hectares of Crown Estate farmland on the Romney Marsh.
Pilgrims Hospices is grateful for the support of local businesses who provide donations of fresh goods, sweet treats, crackers and napkins and so much more, all of which help to make difficult times special for all of us.
Thank you and, merry Christmas.
Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to over 2,400 people in east Kent 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.
8th July 2019
Asian fusion adds a touch of spice to hospice menus
Local businesses across the county provide support to charities in many ways. Asian fusion flavours have become a regular tasty addition to the menus at Pilgrims Hospices with donations from Karimix UK Ltd. The local producers of award-winning chutneys, sauces and marinades are based in Selling near Faversham and use local produce to create inspirational flavours.
Carolyn Boyd, Brand Manager for Karimix, said: “Our company has a no food waste policy; and manufactures mostly in 120-kilo batches, using recyclable glass jars and metal lids.
“Our products are made to order, with any extra product donated to the catering team at Pilgrims Hospices.
“We are really pleased to help the hospice kitchens to create additional recipes with interesting and varied tastes for patients and staff.”
Monica Chia, owner and chief recipe creator, brings inspiration and flavours from Singapore to her product range. She told us: “We are delighted to make donations and support our local hospice community.”
We are delighted to support our local hospice community.
Christopher Annison was a valued member of the Karimix staff and was cared for by Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury after being diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.
“Christopher had a lovely room looking out on to the gardens. The hospice was tranquil and we were able to take a walk with him in the gardens. Christopher fell asleep and did not wake up, he had told us he’d seen everyone he wanted to see and had made his peace with the world.”
“We miss our colleague but know he had been at peace at the hospice and pain-free,” Monica explained.
Message from Pilgrims catering team
Ian Ashton, Pilgrims Catering Manager, said: “My team has included the delicious products in various dishes for our patients, visitors, volunteers and staff across the hospices sites.”
“Recently the kitchen created a variety of pasta dishes for the charity fundraising event, ‘Pilgrims Way Challenge’, using some of the exciting flavours donated by Karimix. With support from Monica, we catered for over 600 Pilgrims supporters who thoroughly loved it.”
“Any products we’ve been unable to use have been made available for staff and volunteers to purchase for a small donation. My personal favourite was the chilli mayonnaise; as a dip or spread over corn on the cob it’s very tasty!”
Everyone at Pilgrims Hospices would like to send a huge thank you for the delicious donations.
If you or someone you know is coping with a life-limiting illness and you think you may benefit from Pilgrims support, talk to your GP or Healthcare Professional about the options or visit Pilgrims Wellbeing Programme for more information.
15th October 2018
Ice cream treats at Pilgrims
Pilgrims Hospices catering team are generously supported by a raft of local suppliers and producers, who dontate products to the kitchens of all three hospice sites. Recently Simply Ice Cream from Bonnington, Ashford delivered a delicious range of ice creams, for patients and families at the hospice in Ashford.
The donation was gratefully received by Head Chefs at the Ashford hospice, Bobby Antony and Julie Gilliver. Julie said: “It’s so important for our patients and visitors to be well catered for around the clock. We regularly cater for a wide variety of dietary needs; I’m sure these special additional treats will fly out of our freezers in no time!
We are totally in awe of the work the wonderful team at PIlgrims Hospices do every day.
Sally Newall – Simply Ice Cream’s Managing Director
“We send a hugh thank you to Simply Ice Cream, we’re very grateful for their support. Pilgrims Hospices kitchens have to be managed on tight budgets, charitable donations such as this really help to make a difference.”
Simply Ice Cream’s Managing Director Sally Newall said: “We are totally in awe of the work the wonderful team at Pilgrims Hospices do every day for their patients and supporting families. We were pleased to be able to show support in such a simple way.”
Simply Ice Cream is completely natural hand-made product range created without any additives or preservatives, using only locally sourced ingredients (where possible). Its range comprises over 30 different flavours.
If you or someone you know is coping with a life limiting illness and you think you may benefit from Pilgrims support, talk to your GP or Healthcare Professional about the options or read about more about how we can help.