17th April 2024

    Celebrating resilience and generosity: Marcello’s Hair Salon reopens with a heart-warming gesture

    After a challenging year marked by adversity and resilience, Marcello Marino, the beloved owner of Marcello’s Hair Salon in Ramsgate, is preparing to welcome back his loyal clientele with open arms.

    Marcello’s Salon, nestled on West Cliff Road for over three decades, faced a daunting setback when a collapsed sewer pipe disrupted operations and displaced Marcello and his family from their home.

    The saga began in September 2022 when a sewage leak wreaked havoc on Marcello’s business premises, prompting an unexpected closure. The subsequent evacuation of Marcello, his wife, and three children underscored the severity of the situation. Despite enduring such hardships, Marcello remained steadfast in his determination to overcome the ordeal.

    Throughout this tumultuous period, the outpouring of support from the local community served as a beacon of hope for Marcello and his family. From generous donations to acts of kindness from friends and neighbouring businesses, the solidarity displayed by the people of Ramsgate left an indelible mark on Marcello’s heart.

    Now, as Marcello prepares to reopen his salon on May 1, he is seizing the opportunity to express his gratitude in a meaningful way. On April 29, from 5pm onwards, Marcello will host a special event to honour those who stood by him during his time of need. This event will not only serve as a celebration of resilience but also as a fundraiser for Pilgrims Hospices, a charity close to Marcello’s heart.

    What a lovely gesture this really is after so much disruption to Marcello’s business. I would like to send our thanks to everyone who is helping with this donation over the coming weeks.

    Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager

    In a heart-warming gesture, Marcello has pledged to donate 10% of his salon’s takings during the first two weeks of reopening to support the invaluable work of Pilgrims Hospices. Recognising the pivotal role that this charity plays in the local community, Marcello is eager to contribute to their work in end-of-life care and give back to those in need.

    The generosity doesn’t end there. Local establishments, including Seabird bar, the Falstaff, and Margo in Margate, have rallied behind Marcello’s initiative by providing sponsorship and donations for the reopening event. Through their collective efforts, they aim to make a meaningful impact and spread joy to those who need it most.

    Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager said: “What a lovely gesture this really is after so much disruption to Marcello’s business. I would like to send our thanks to everyone who is helping with this donation over the coming weeks. I wish Marcello every success with his opening day and thank him once again.”

    As Marcello’s salon prepares to welcome back familiar faces and new clients alike, the spirit of resilience and generosity shines brightly. Together, they are not only reopening a business but also reaffirming the unwavering strength of the community in the face of adversity.

    For appointments and inquiries, please contact Marcello’s Hair Salon at 01843 592 027. Visit Marcello’s at 15a West Cliff Road, Ramsgate, and join in the celebration of resilience, generosity, and community spirit.

    If you would like to support Pilgrims Hospices, please contact our fundraising team email fundraising@pilgrimshospices.org.  Our local end-of-life charity needs to raise an incredible £11 million each year, in order to provide important care from the three local hospices and within the community. This would not be possible without your generous support. Thank you.

    21st April 2023

    Anthony Giles supports creative art event for Pilgrims Hospices

    Local artist Anthony Giles, has generously offered his studio for Pilgrims to hold the 100 Pieces of Art charity auction, taking place on 1 July 2023. Anthony lives and works in Margate, surrounded by Turner’s best skies in the whole of Europe.

    Pilgrims are inviting budding artists of all ages and abilities, to submit their paintings, ceramic or sculpture art to create 100 pieces of art to be sold at auction to help support Pilgrims Hospices’ end-of-life care.

    Karen Kenward, Pilgrims Hospices Community Fundraising Manager said:

    “Anthony has been involved with art events for Pilgrims Hospices over the years, and helped choose art for previous events. When he approached me last year, I was delighted; it’s a lovely studio, and I’m very excited to be holding a Pilgrims art event in such a prestigious venue. Our charity constantly looks for innovative and interesting ways to engage with the local community and our supporters. I’m really hoping to capture the imagination of lots of local artists, and budding artists, to help us achieve our 100 pieces for the auction.”

    Anyone can submit an artwork, painting, drawing, ceramic or sculpture art; if you have a creative eye, we would love to see your work!

    The auction will be held at Anthony Giles Studio, 3 Lombard Street, Margate.

    The deadline for submissions is Friday 5 May 2023.

    Please note: Paintings and drawings must be between postcard size 6”x 4” and 26”x 24”, framed or unframed.

    Viewing will take place between Tuesday 27 June and Friday 30 June, 10am – 4pm and Saturday 1 July, 10am – 12pm.

    The auction will begin at 1pm on Saturday 1 July, with pre-event drinks and nibbles from 10am – 12pm.

    Karen added: “Anyone can come along, so please do support this very special event; you can also make a bid prior to the auction, or on the day in person, or by telephone. This is a great opportunity to buy a beautiful piece of art, knowing that all profits from the art will help to support Pilgrims services.”

    For more information, or if you’re interested in submitting a piece of art, contact Karen Kenward by telephone on 01843 233 934 or email karen.kenward@pilgrimshospices.org.

    Auction catalogues will be available nearer the time of the event, costing £5 from Pilgrims Hospice Thanet and the Anthony Giles Studio, Margate.

    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.

    5th April 2023

    Broadstairs Beavers get creative with Pilgrims Hospices

    The generous 11th Broadstairs Beavers, visited Pilgrims Hospice Thanet with Tracey Garnier, to present their donation of £200. The Beavers had been saving money each week, to help support people who need important Pilgrims’ care.

    They were interested to find out more about activities that take place in the Therapy Centre, and enjoyed a craft session during their visit.

    Jane Stanley, Wellbeing Practitioner said:

    It was such a great evening! We had prepared packs of 3D desktop beavers to make, and coiling dreamcatcher snakes to decorate. After a brief overview of some of the Wellbeing groups here at Pilgrims, the Beavers beaveredon with the crafts. They enjoyed the cheque handover and having their photograph taken. We also had a new Beaver invested into the group, and they all marched out happily holding their beavers and snakes.

    They loved hearing about the groups we run for patients, and seeing the warm safe space of our Therapy Centre, while enjoying the cutting and sticking crafts. They thought about a message to put in their desktop beaver; one wrote a message for someone who had been unkind to them at school, and was going to give the beaver to them as a gift.

    The evening showed the kindness of this community group, donating a fantastic sum to the good work done at Pilgrims.”

    Tracey Garnier, Unit Clerk continued:

    I am Tracey (Tic Tac) my Beaver name, and I work as the Unit Clerk in Pilgrims Hospice Thanet. I joined the hospice team a year ago, after a career change, having previously worked in education for 26 years as a learning support assistant. My other assistant leader also works at the hospice – Caroline (Tu Tu) is part of the fundraising team, and joined our group 5 years ago, after coming on a Beavers District Hike which was donating money to Pilgrims Hospices.

    Each week, we encourage the Beavers to bring in small change which is collected and then donated to a charity. Over the COVID period, we were not allowed to meet so this all stopped.

    Tracey added: I approached Billy Williams, Pilgrims Wellbeing Lead, to see if it would be possible for the Beavers to visit the therapy area, and undertake an art activity. I wanted the Beavers to see how their donation would help to support local people who need care; helping them to understand having seen the physical place.

    Jane has been amazing and came up with some ideas and beavered away to make sure everything was ready for the evening. We asked the Beavers some general questions, then asked Jane to tell us what it is that happens in that area. They were very interested and surprised by the variety of things. We then started the art activity which they really enjoyed.

    I hope to incorporate some other activities in our coming sessions, and hope to visit the hospice again. Watch this space.”

    Caroline Dixon, from Pilgrims said:  We had a fabulous time with our Broadstairs Beavers, they were really keen to learn, and by visiting the hospice, its given them an opportunity to find out first-hand about the special care we offer here.”

    Please visit pilgrimshospices.org/fundraising if you would like to run an event and raise awareness for local hospice care.

    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 support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.

    20th February 2023

    Broadstairs College student cooks up a storm at Pilgrims Hospices

    Broadstairs College student, Jordan Herring is cooking up a storm in Pilgrims Hospices’ Thanet kitchen. The 22-year-old, second year student from Broadstairs, is enjoying undertaking a work placement as part of his Level 2 catering qualification.

    Jordan said: “I started my work experience in Pilgrims’ kitchen last year, it’s just one day each week but I’m really enjoying it. I love being part of the team, they are all so friendly; I felt immediately welcome from the very first day.”

    Georgie Braithwaite, Pilgrims Head Chef said: “It’s great to have Jordon with us, we are very happy to support him as he learns new skills, and really pleased he feels there are many benefits to learning more about the food requirements of patients here in the hospice.  

    “Being part of the catering team can be extremely busy and sometimes quite noisy. Jordan has taken everything in his stride and has blended into our team really well even taking the jokes and kitchen banter with huge smiles.

    “He needs to complete 100 hours experience as part of his on-going training, we are delighted to support him on his journey forward.

    “Jordan will have the opportunity to chat with patients about the dietary requirements and how their individual needs can be catered for in the hospice kitchen.”

    Jordan and Georgie in the Thanet hospice kitchen

    Pilgrims has worked with Broadstairs College over a number of years and as part of the on-going training, the students have provided an afternoon high tea,  complete with waiting staff and a Christmas dinner for patients and staff. “It’s always great to have these lovely treats and we hope the students gain valuable hands-on experience,” Georgie added.

    Jordan in the Thanet hospice kitchen

    Jordan explained: “I think taking the catering qualification at college was a really good decision. It’s definitely provided me with plenty of skills that we help me through life. 

    “The work placement was arranged by Natalie, Broadstairs College Work Placement Officer who engages with organisations to match work opportunities to suit people’s personality and style. I think she picked a good match for me!

    “The placement has helped me to grow in confidence, and I know the placement is helping me to make a difference to the patients, it has a feel-good factor, and it’s really worthwhile.

    “When I’m cooking the time just flies by, there’s no one thing that I’m particularly good at, but I’m absolutely enjoying learning lots of new things with the Pilgrims catering team.”

    To find out about current opportunities at Pilgrims Hospices, please visit:


    Each year, Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to thousands of 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.

    5th October 2022

    Colour Run returns in Thanet for Pilgrims Hospices

    The Pilgrims Hospices 5k Colour Run returned to Thanet with a blast of colour on Sunday 2 October 2022.

    Over 600 adults and children attended, complete with colourful glasses and white t-shirts, all ready to run and walk through the clouds of vibrant and multi-coloured powders.

    Liam Dunne (15, Margate), first over the finish line, with Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager

    Those taking part warmed up with a fun warm-up with Bex from Dance Margate, followed by the countdown from Karen Kenward, Pilgrims Hospices Community Fundraising Manager.  The sky was filled with colour as the lively crowds made their way through the colour stations and along the coastal route from Palm Bay, Clintonville, Margate. The atmosphere was filled with the sound of laughter and colour as everyone set off along the coastal route down towards Margate.

    Karen said: “It was so lovely to see many attend, with lots of familiar faces and spectators for the sixth year of this Thanet Colour Run, which has raised £192,548 to date in support of Pilgrims Hospices, with more sponsorship still to come in, thank you all so very much. This really is such a colourful and fun event which needs to be seen, plus an incredible way to raise much-needed funds to support palliative care for the next person who needs us. It was just wonderful to welcome back our supporters again this year and to see the enjoyment it brings to all those who attend and help support the event on the day.”

    “A huge Pilgrims thank you to all who helped in supporting the event, including sponsors Stagecoach, Copy Shop, Mini Stores in Deal, our wonderful volunteers and staff who helped make the event possible and most importantly, each and every one of you for taking part on the day.”

    Thanet doctors: Dr Gauri Jha (Westgate Surgery), Dr Rakhi Misra (Northdown Surgery), Dr Radhika Marigam (Minster Surgery), Dr Sujata Kumar (Minster Surgery) and Sneha Kumar


    Check out a full set of event photos on the Pilgrims Hospices Facebook page.

    Date for your diary

    If you missed this amazing event and would like to join our next one, sign up now for Santas on the Run! on Sunday 11 December 2022:


    For further details, please contact Karen Kenward:

    Each year, Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to thousands of people in east Kent 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. 

    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.

    12th August 2022

    Benches stolen from much loved hospice gardens

    Thoughtless thieves stole two benches from local charity, Pilgrims Hospices in Margate on Tuesday evening.  Shortly after nine pm, the newly refurbished wooden benches were captured on CCTV being carried by a man and a woman to a van parked on the main road.  The couple were caught on camera and the theft has been reported to the police.

    The wooden benches were recently refurbished by hospice volunteers, in an effort to improve the seating for patients and their families whilst using the gardens.

    We can’t thank the people of Thanet enough for their generosity and very kind words of support.

    Jon Sillett   Deputy CEO

    Jon May, Pilgrims Hospices Thanet Services Manager said: “We are all at a loss as to why people would want to steel from our charity. Just last week, a volunteer working party from Saga, repaired and gave the benches a fresh new look in blue paint, they looked wonderful. Saga employees are regular supporters of the hospices, and offer their time and expertise for which we are very grateful.

    “We are disappointed to say the least, that some people saw fit to steel our garden furniture, and feel even more disappointment for the volunteers who have taken so much time and effort to refurbish the benches and make them look so beautiful.

    “We rely on volunteer support from organisations such as Saga, and hope this unpleasant incident will not detract from the amazing work, they do for us now and in the future.  We really couldn’t do some of the vital work in and around our hospice and grounds without the generous support of our volunteers.”

    The charity has been inundated with kind offers from members of the community and local businesses, to replace the benches.  Jon Sillett, Deputy CEO, added: “We can’t thank the people of Thanet enough for their generosity and very kind words of support.  We have accepted a generous offer to replace the benches. Sadly, it’s unpleasant experiences such as this, that remind us how we are part of, and valued by the local community.

    We are now reviewing how we can improve the security on our site in Margate, and would love to enhance the security within the hospice settings to deter any future potential incidents. If you would like to make a contribution to items such as security gates, updating fences, lighting and other items, this would be very much appreciated. This would enable our gardens to be safe places for our patients and their loved ones to enjoy, and somewhere to create special moments and memories.

    If anyone would like to help with a donation, to help maintain the hospice for those who need Pilgrims care and support, you can donate here:  select Thanet garden and bench replacement donation from the drop down menu.  You can call Pilgrims Supporter Relations Team on 01227 782 062, every penny donated will be making a different to end-on-life care in our community.

    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.









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