Vintage tea goes down a treat

Pilgrims Hospices Vintage Tea and Fair took place in the award winning Westgate Gardens, Canterbury on Saturday 15 July. Staff and volunteers transformed the gardens for visitors to enjoy delicious tea and homemade cakes along with live music, gift stalls and many of the traditional and much loved raffles and tombola. The afternoon raised over £5,000 for Pilgrims Hospices care.

Visitors were treated to entertainment by the KD Swing Band, Ukelear Power Ukelele Band, and the Oyster Morris Dancers. Sophie Douch, Pilgrims Hospices Community Fundraising Officer, said: “The afternoon was wonderful despite the weather being a little unkind for a while, our visitors stayed to browse the stalls and enjoy our old style games including hoopla and fish a bottle.

“The children also had lots to enjoy including story telling, face painting and tombola.”

Pilgrims Hospices retail team played a huge part in making the vintage tea party so successful. Tim Stuart, Retail Manager with his staff and volunteers had been seeking out interesting items from their shops, which contributed to the look and feel of the whole event.

We wish to thank sponsors Halsion Building Services Engineers and Regal Lettings, their generous donations helped to make the event such a wonderful success. Every £1 raised on the day will be spent on vital care and support for people in east Kent who are coping with incurable illness, and their families.

Find out more about how you can support Pilgrims by running a fundraising event of your own.