30th October 2020

    Vicky’s creative art raises much needed cash for Pilgrims

    Vicky Thomas from Dover decided to turn her creative hands to help her local community and draw awareness to everyone in these difficult times we find ourselves in.  Her talent has raised a wonderful £350 for Pilgrims Hospices

    Vicky said: “This all started because people were putting rainbow drawings in their windows to support the NHS; my daughter wanted us to do it too, however our house is set back from the road so I decided to use a patio slab instead and put it out the front.

    “I had a few patio slabs left over from some building work, so decided to get creative and drew a  teddy bear with the slogan “apart but never alone” and put it at the end of our road which is a popular dog walking route, along with a Banksy style NHS nurse by the village pharmacy.

    “People seemed to really like them and things just took off!  I received a number of requests and suggestions from locals in the village and from people coming into the village to visit the slab trail. The village really got behind the whole idea and wanted to make sure that a good deal of the slabs remained in the village even after lock down.  The River Parish Council asked if they could keep some in exchange for a charitable donation which I thought was a great idea.

    35 handpicked slabs are now under lock and key waiting to be mounted in the recreation ground where they will hopefully remain.”

    Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager said; “Vicky and the local community are providing ongoing donations which enable us to continue our important work.  We are still here and still caring for patients on our wards and in their homes, and will be there for the next person that needs us.

    “Their support is  so important during these challenging times. We cannot thank you all enough for every penny donated to support our care. Thank you Vicky for being so creative and thinking of us at such difficult times for all.”

    If you would like to take on a challenge in support of our charity, please contact: fundraising@pilgrimshospices.orgor call 01277 812609, we would love to hear from you.

    We need you more than ever, Thank you.

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

    Care is provided from three hospice sites in Thanet, Canterbury and Ashford 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.




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