21st May 2024

    Slow fashion fashionistas support Pilgrims Hospices Kilo Sale

    Pilgrims Hospices’ popular Kilo Sale event returns to St Peter’s Church Hall, Canterbury on Saturday 1 June 2024, promising fabulous bargains, sustainable shopping, and supporting local hospice care. The venue is located just behind Store50, Pilgrims one-stop shop for pre-loved, sustainable style at affordable prices.

    Local fashionistas and Instagram influencers Charli Bevan and Laura Bruton from Sittingbourne, and Hannah Weet from Medway, share their top tips for shopping sustainably.

    Charli Bevan

    (Instagram: @thebrightlife_charli)

    Charli shares her passion for second-hand fashion via her Instagram account @thebrightlife_charli.

    “The Pilgrims Kilo Sales are always so well run with so many amazing items included on the rails – I’ve been absolutely blown over by how much high quality and new with tags stock has been available at previous events. There is also a great range of sizes and styles. The staff and volunteers are so friendly, and all the money goes to a fantastic cause. My favourite finds from a previous kilo sale were some trench coats from Zara and M&S. They are amazing quality, should have retailed for between £50-100 each, and I wear them almost every day in the spring.

    “My advice for making the most of a kilo sale is to check all the sizes. Labels and numbers are just that, and there’s so much variation between brands that it’s always worth looking at a wider size range, as things often come up much smaller or larger than you would think.

    “There are so many benefits to shopping pre-loved; the most obvious is the positive impact it has on the planet to prevent more and more clothes being manufactured, but there is also the cost element – you can get clothes that are still very much ‘on trend’ for a fraction of the price, as people and companies themselves donate stock so quickly. It also enables you to build a really unique wardrobe. You never know what you’ll come across, and the cheaper prices allow you to experiment with styles you otherwise wouldn’t… if it doesn’t work out, you can re-sell on pre-loved shopping platforms or donate it back.”

    Laura Bruton

    (Instagram: @_thegreendiva)

    Laura is a graphic designer for a vegan beauty brand. Alongside her full-time role, she creates content for her Instagram account @_thegreendiva, where she shares her love for all things pre-loved fashion, sustainability and veganism.

    “First and foremost, charity shopping just feels like a win-win for me. Not only are you lowering your carbon footprint by not buying new, but you are also saving money, preventing clothes from going to landfill, and most importantly, supporting an amazing cause.

    “I’ve had some amazing finds over the years, but one of my recent faves actually came from the Pilgrims Kilo Sale in February 2024. I came home with a brand new Lavish Alice dress that is to die for, it fits me like a glove and genuinely makes me feel amazing!

    “Kilo sales are such a good way to grab a bargain and find some unique and fun pieces. They’re a great opportunity to find and experiment with your personal style, as you aren’t splurging a lot on the individual items. I’ve found some real gems and just love the thrill of not knowing what I’m going to find amongst the rails! My advice would be to make a “thrifting wish list” of items you’re on the lookout for – that way, you won’t get super overwhelmed and end up buying things you don’t really want or need.

    “Although charity shopping contributes to a more circular economy, it’s still easy to over-consume and buy items you don’t want just because they are cheap. Whilst I think the affordability of preloved shopping is a great reason to experiment with items you wouldn’t usually buy, it is still important to be mindful of how much you’re consuming. I have definitely been guilty of this in the past, but more recently I am asking myself a few basic questions before buying an item, such as:

    • Does this item bring me joy?
    • Do I love the way it makes me feel and how I look in it?
    • How many times am I going to wear this item, realistically?
    • Will it go with the other items in my wardrobe?

    “I’ve been exclusively second-hand shopping for a while now and would never go back to fast fashion. Apart from the obvious environmental benefits, there is something so exciting about not knowing what you’re going to stumble across, and it has really helped me to establish my personal style. Taking the time to find specific pieces I’ve been on the lookout for has completely changed my relationship with my wardrobe. I feel more connected to the clothes I wear, remembering where I bought them, who I was with, and the genuine thrill of stumbling across an item on my wish list. Instead of walking into a curated shop and buying into the latest trends displayed, charity shops allow you the opportunity to find clothes that actually bring you joy. And on the topic of trends, I assure you there is nothing on the ASOS New In page that you can’t find a similar item of in a charity shop, trust me!”

    Hannah Weet

    (Instagram: @thethriftedthreds)

    Hannah is a social media manager for The Charity Shop Gift Card. In her free time, she creates content for her Instagram account @thethriftedthreds, which is focused on charity shopping and sustainability.

    “People should support the Pilgrims Hospices Kilo Sale because not only does the money raised go towards the vital work that Pilgrims do, but it also encourages shopping preloved and a circular economy. Shopping second-hand is great for the environment, as it reduces waste and the demand for new products. It’s also budget-friendly, offering unique finds at lower prices, and can of course go towards charity fundraising when purchases are made in charity shops.

    “My top tips for a kilo sale would be to get there early and to look at every rail at least twice. Sometimes, people might pick something up and hang onto it then put it back on the rail, meaning you may have missed it the first time around; it’s always worth going for a second look. At the first Pilgrims Kilo Sale I went to, I managed to find a dress from Reformation; that’s definitely one of my favourite preloved finds because it was such a bargain!”

    Pilgrims Hospices Kilo Sale takes place 10:00-14:00 on Saturday 1 June 2024 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Canterbury CT1 2BE. Entry is free. Cash and card payments will be accepted for all purchases. 

    You’ll be provided with a bag, then simply fill it up with the items you like, the Pilgrims team will weigh it and you pay £5 per kilo.

    All money raised from the sale will help to run Pilgrims Hospices services in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, including supporting people to live well in their own homes.

    Please note: There are no changing rooms at the event, and it will not be possible to return any purchased items; we recommend that you bring a tape measure along with you to check sizing.

    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.

    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.

    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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