The sun shone, people came, Snowdogs played and a staggering £20,491 was raised at the Pilgrims Hospices Summer Garden Party on Saturday 3 August.
Cream teas were a delight, coconuts, bottles of wine and toys created smiles for the winners. There were magicians, entertainers and all sorts of games and activities to take part in. Families sat on picnic blankets in the sun and soaked up the fun atmosphere.
The successful winner of the dolls house auction, Wendy Bishop, said: “The day was a wonderful occasion and lovely to support. Everyone was smiling, especially my granddaughter Livvie when we won the dolls house.
“My husband died at the hospice last year. The care they offered was everything I hoped it would be both for my husband, my family and friends.”
The day was a huge success thanks to more than 1,200 visitors and 100 volunteers who worked tirelessly for weeks if not months preparing things to sell, donating goods or giving their time for free. A special thanks go to:
Stagecoach, Coty, Aldi, magician Geoff Partner, Once Upon a Dream Princess Party, Lloyds Bank, Metro Bank, Southern Gas Network, Brett, Denne’s Marquees, Mersham-Le-Hatch Business Village, Alan Maker Electrical Services, Crosskeys, Ashford Picturehouse, Romney Marsh Brewery, Lions Club of Ashford, Wyvern School, HGV Relief Driver Services, Faversham Ices and Vinci. We would also like to say thank you to Geoffrey Osborne Ltd, A-one+ and Highways England for adjusting their programme so the M20 was kept open during our event. And finally thanks to absolutely everyone who came and gave so generously.
Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds 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 Programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.
7th August 2018
Sun shines brightly on Pilgrims’ Summer Garden Party
With many visitors to the Summer Garden Party held in the grounds of Pilgrims Hospice Ashford on Saturday 4 August, the day proved to be a roaring success and is set to raise more than £18,000 in vital funds for the charity.
This year saw more sumptuous afternoon teas than ever being enjoyed by visitors, along with the wonderful teddy bear’s picnic, a new addition to the hospice’s wildflower garden. Whether you were encouraged to fish for a bottle, enjoy a reflexology treatment or try your luck on a tombola, there was something for everyone.
This is such a fantastic event. So many of our staff and volunteers all come together as a team to make the Garden Party a success. It’s wonderful to walk around our gardens and see everyone smiling and having fun. Thank you to everyone who helped make a difference for our charity.
Wendy Kelk, Hospice Services Manager
During the afternoon Pilgrims Hospices Healthcare Assistant, Sarah Smith, braved the clippers and had her head shaved to raise even more funds for hospice patients. Local companies also showed their support, including KDC Power Utilities who donated an iPad, helping to raise nearly £4,000 through the Summer Grand Draw.
Hospice Services Manager, Wendy Kelk, was one of more than 150 volunteers on the day and said, “This is such a fantastic event. So many of our staff and volunteers all come together as a team to make the Garden Party a success. It’s wonderful to walk around our gardens and see everyone smiling and having fun. Thank you to everyone who helped make a difference for our charity.”
Maria Martin, who attended with her young son, Oscar, said: “The afternoon’s excitement began the moment Oscar realised he could go on the free park and ride bus to get to the hospice – he would have stayed and gone round and round all afternoon! He loved the children’s games too, especially fishing for ducks.”