26th February 2024

    Pilgrims Hospices volunteers dedicate time and passion to Margate Bookshop: A heartfelt commitment to community and care

    Nick and Gavin (the Volunteer Managers), alongside a team of 34 dedicated volunteers covering 14 shifts throughout the week, are the driving force behind the success of Pilgrims Hospice Old Bank Bookshop. Their unwavering commitment to literature and end-of-life care has made the bookshop a beloved institution in Margate, where locals and tourists alike find solace and fascination among the shelves.

    The team curates a diverse selection of books, ranging from modern classics to literary prize contenders.  For some of the volunteers, like Geoff, their dedication to Pilgrims Hospices is deeply personal, inspired by the exceptional care provided to his late wife, Jane, by the Canterbury Hospice team.

    In addition to his role at the bookshop, Geoff actively supports Pilgrims Hospice’s Stepping Stones Bereavement Support Services. As an active listener, he leads a walk-and-talk group for bereaved individuals within the community. His caring personality, passion for walking and nature serve as a source of comfort and support for those in need.

    Ruth, another valued volunteer, brings her retail expertise to the forefront, ensuring captivating and ever-changing book displays. Her commitment is fuelled by both her love for literature and the support she received from Pilgrims Hospices during her husband Colin’s illness and passing.

    Gavin, finding solace and purpose in volunteering after his wife Joy’s illness, ensures the shop remains open on weekends, demonstrating the profound impact of hospice care during difficult times.

    Nick, with a background in local government, volunteers three days a week, embodying the spirit of community support. His love for the written word shines through as he assists customers and showcases the shop’s collection of vintage and collectible records, all in support of Pilgrims Hospices.

    Together, these and the many other volunteers form the heart of the Old Bank Bookshop, where every purchase contributes to providing essential end-of-life care to those in need. With over £100,000 raised last year alone, the shop’s success is a testament to their dedication and hard work, as well as the community’s generosity and compassion.

    As Geoff, Ruth, Nick, Gavin, and their fellow volunteers continue to pour their hearts into Pilgrims Hospices Margate Old Bank Bookshop, they serve as a beacon of hope and support for their community, embodying the true spirit of volunteerism and kindness.

    For those visiting Margate, the Old Bank Bookshop is on the Parade, opposite the harbour, and is open all week, including Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in winter and until 5pm in summer. Stop by to support this vital independent bookstore or learn more about Pilgrims Hospices’ pre-loved shops throughout East Kent at Pilgrims Hospices Shops

    If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Pilgrims Hospices or how to access Stepping Stones Bereavement Services, please visit Pilgrims Hospices website, pilgrimshospices.org for more information.

    Pilgrims Hospices provides compassionate end-of-life care and support to individuals and their families across East Kent. With a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, Pilgrims Hospices offers a range of services aimed at enhancing quality of life and providing comfort during difficult times. Learn more at Pilgrims Hospices .


    29th January 2024

    Kilos of Compassion: Pilgrims Hospices hosts exciting Kilo Sale at St. Peter Church Hall, Canterbury

    Pilgrims Hospices retail shops are thrilled to announce their upcoming Kilo Sale on Saturday, February 17, at St. Peter’s Church Hall in Canterbury, CT1 2BE. Following the tremendous success of previous events, this sale promises to be a treasure trove for bargain hunters and eco-conscious shoppers alike.

    Pilgrims Hospices has been organising kilo sales as part of its commitment to sustainable and community-driven initiatives. The concept revolves around offering pre-loved items at affordable prices, which are purchased at £5 per kilo, promoting a circular economy and reducing environmental impact. These sales have not only proven to be a hit among local residents but have also played a crucial role in supporting the vital work of Pilgrims Hospices.

    Shoppers will be welcomed by Pilgrims retail staff and volunteers, and they can browse and shop at their leisure. When ready, shoppers’ can bring the goods to be weighed, and they will be charged by the kilo. Attendees can expect a diverse range of high-quality items, including clothing, accessories, and household goods, all priced by weight. The Kilo Sale provides an excellent opportunity for attendees to find unique treasures while contributing to a worthy cause.

    Pilgrims Hospices is a local charity dedicated to providing compassionate care and support to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses. The funds raised from the Kilo Sale will directly contribute to sustaining the hospice’s essential services and programs.

    “We are thrilled to invite the community to our upcoming Kilo Sale at St. Peter’s Church Hall,” said Mandy Hawkett, Retail Area Manager at Pilgrims Hospices. “These events have not only been a tremendous success in the past but also align with our commitment to environmental sustainability. By giving pre-loved items a second life, we not only reduce waste but also create a positive impact on our community and the planet.

    “Come along and pick from a huge range of pre-loved items for just £5 per kilo. Bags are provided. This event is free to attend, but donations are welcome.”

    Retail Pre Loved Kilo Sale St Peter’s Hall

    Mandy added, “Please tell your friends and join us for some bargain hunting along our stock rails. My team is looking forward to welcoming everyone to our special event.”

    The Kilo Sale at St. Peter’s Church Hall, Canterbury, CT1 2BE, promises to be a fun-filled day of shopping, socialising, and supporting a worthwhile cause. Pilgrims Hospices encourages everyone to join in the excitement on Saturday, February 17, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and discover the joy of sustainable shopping.

    For more information about Pilgrims Hospices and its initiatives, please visit www.pilgrimshospices.org/shops.

    Pilgrims Hospices is a local charity dedicated to providing palliative care and support to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses. With a commitment to compassionate care, the organisation aims to enhance the quality of life for patients and their families. To learn more, visit www.pilgrimshospices.org.

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