12th March 2021

    Local Lottery celebrates 25 years of supporting end of life care

    Pilgrims Hospices Lottery has been delighting players with winning cheques and raising vital funds for its services across east Kent for 25 years.  The much loved and respected local charity lottery set up in 1996 celebrates its silver anniversary and sends thanks to everyone who has taken part in their weekly draw during the years.

    The support of the community means everything to the hospices and the people who we care for.

    Shiralee, Pilgrims Hospices Lottery Manager

    With more than 20,000 members playing, millions of pounds have been raised over the past 25 years to support patients, families, loved ones and friends on the hospices wards and within the community.

    Shiralee Riddell, Pilgrims Hospices Lottery Manager said: “The support of the community means everything to the hospices and the people who we care for. Your lucky lottery numbers raise over a million pounds each year to support care and services.

    “Around three quarters of the funding required to run the three hospice sites in Ashford, Canterbury, Thanet and care within the community comes from the generous local community, we could not continue without you. Thank you.”

    Pilgrims Hospices Lottery is still only £1 per week per entry, did you know you could win up to £20,000 with our rollover? There are also 106 guaranteed cash prizes won every week.


    “We would love you to be a part of our 25th anniversary so please do join today and help us with our celebrations. Thank you again for your kind support for the work of Pilgrims Hospices. Together we really do make a difference.” Shiralee added.

    Already a Lottery member? Please send in a “selfie to celebrate” we would love to get as many of our members, staff and volunteers together for a virtual party to mark this fantastic milestone.  Perhaps let us know why you joined too!

    Please call the Pilgrims Lottery team on 01227 379741, go online pilgrimshospices.org/lottery, or email shiralee.riddell@pilgrimshospices.org

    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.

    10th December 2020

    Winter Wish Christmas prize draw raises massive funds for Pilgrims Hospices

    Thousands of people bought and sold Pilgrims Hospices, Winter Wish draw tickets over recent months.  The Christmas draw raised a staggering £72,624 for end of life care for this important local charity.  This bumper figure is by far the highest amount raised for the annual draw for a number of years.

    The draw took place on Wednesday 9th December with the first prize of £2,000 being won by a lucky Herne Bay resident with ticket number 0316181.  The second prize is going to a Faversham supporter, ticket number 0412920 and third prize will wing its way to Folkestone with ticket number 0390468. Seven other prizes are going out across the county.

    Congratulations and thank you so much for your phenomenal response to our annual Christmas draw you have made it a truly super draw!


    Shiralee Riddell Pilgrims Hospices Lottery Manager

    Shiralee Riddell, Pilgrims Lottery Manager said: “Firstly I would like to thank everyone who generously purchased tickets for our Winter Wish draw.  It has been a very difficult year for charities in general and we are enormously grateful to our supporters who have continued to be there for us, when we have needed them the most.”


    No need to claim, our lucky prize winners cheques and gift vouchers will be automatically sent out in plenty of time for Christmas.”

    The Pilgrims weekly Lottery draw, scratch cards, gift vouchers and its annual prize draw generate more than £1.1 million for Pilgrims Hospices care each year and are an important part of how the charity continues to raise funds for care across east Kent, on its wards, within the community and in people’s homes.

    “Congratulations and thank you so much for your phenomenal response to our annual Christmas draw you have made it a truly super draw!” added Shiralee.

    If you would like to become a Pilgrims Hospices Lottery member, with a chance of winning one of more than 100  cash prizes each week, please contact lottery@pilgrimshospices.org or call the friendly lottery team to find out more 01227 379741. Entries are just £1 each per week!  By playing the Pilgrims Lottery you are helping us to support people with incurable illness to live well in every moment.  It’s an affordable and easy way to support your local hospice charity.


    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.


    1st May 2020

    Peggy shares lucky Pilgrims lottery win with colleagues

    Peggy Wright, Pilgrims Hospices Physiotherapy Assistant was the lucky winner of a  £2,000 first prize in the weekly Pilgrims Lottery draw early this month. She was keen to share her good fortune with Pilgrims colleagues at the Ashford hospice.

    “I was absolutely delighted when the Lottery team called to tell me I had won. I’ve been a Lottery player for some time and it’s amazing to be a big winner!” said Peggy.

    “It was a great surprise, and to share some of my joy with the team was one of my first thoughts.” She added.

    Peggy provided a selection of treats and goodies for everyone at the Ashford site where she works supporting patients with therapy sessions to improve mobility, quality of life and wellbeing.

    Peggy added: “I would encourage anyone to join Pilgrims Lottery, for just £1 per week; you are supporting the most amazing care within our local community. You will truly be helping to make a difference for people who need end of life care.

    “I’m working from home currently and miss my colleagues very much. I hope my little treats will help them to keep smiling and do what they do best; looking after our patients and each other. Take care and stay safe.”

    You can sign up and play Pilgrims Lottery on the website, for just £1 per week: click here to find out more. It’s a fun way to support vital work, with a chance to win big cash prizes. Every Lottery player is helping to raise enough money for Pilgrims to continue their brilliant care services.

    Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to over 2,400 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.

    21st February 2018

    Super-supporters raise vital funds for hospice care

    A group of hospice nurses accepted a cheque for a staggering £53,000 for their charity this week, thanks to the support of thousands of people from across east Kent.

    The funds were raised through the latest Pilgrims Hospices Lottery Superdraw, which saw supporters buying tickets for £1 each with a chance to win up to £2,000.

    Accepting the cheque on behalf of the hospice, Senior Ward Sister, Sarah Martins, said: “The whole care team at Pilgrims – nurses, doctors and therapists – is humbled to see just how many people have supported the draw this year. Their generosity will mean we can be there for more people with incurable illness who need our care, and their families.”

    The whole care team at Pilgrims – nurses, doctors and therapists – is humbled to see just how many people have supported the draw this year.

    Sarah Martins, Senior Ward Sister at Pilgrims Hospices

    Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people, and their families, who are coping with life limiting illness. The charity offer 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.

    The money raised by the Care this Christmas Superdraw is enough to cover the cost of 2,650 hours of Pilgrims nursing care where and when it’s needed.

    Shiralee Riddell, Pilgrims Hospices Lottery Manager, presented the cheque, saying: “It’s such a pleasure to present this fabulous sum to the hospices. We would like to thank our supporters who raised such a phenomenal amount by purchasing £1 tickets and making our Superdraw such a huge success.”

    There are many ways to support Pilgrims throughout the year; joining Pilgrims Hospices Lottery for just £1 each week is just one of them. By becoming a Lottery member, you can help Shiralee and her team to support Pilgrims in providing vital, compassionate care to local people when they need it the most. Click here for more information or call 01227 379 741.

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