Sunflower Memories

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for our beautiful Sunflower Memories days this year, to remember loved ones and support Pilgrims Hospices at the same time.

Below, find information Sunflower Memories 2017 to give you an idea of what future events might look like.

Our Sunflower Memories days give you the chance to dedicate a beautiful sunflower memory marker to a loved one as part of our summer remembrance.

In return for a donation, you’re invited to join us for our sunflower garden parties where you can relive your memories in the tranquility of our hospice gardens. Music and light refreshments are also provided throughout the afternoon.

Event information

Our Sunflower Memories days took place across one weekend in each of our three hospice gardens.

Pilgrims Hospice Ashford

  • Hythe Road, Willesborough, Ashford TN24 0NE
  • Date: Saturday 29 July 2017, 11am – 1pm.

Pilgrims Hospice Canterbury

  • 56 London Road, Canterbury CT2 8JA
  • Date: Saturday 29 July 2017, 2pm – 4pm.

Pilgrims Hospice Thanet

  • Ramsgate Road, Margate CT9 4AD
  • Date: Sunday 30 July, 2pm – 4pm.

Stella’s story

Stella Mitchell supports Sunflower Memories each year by making a donation to name a sunflower in memory of her sister, Annie.

“My sister Annie was no shrinking violet. She was fun, lively, incredibly zaney and, once met, never forgotten. When Annie found out her illness was terminal, she was given the name of a Pilgrims nurse who she could phone at any time if she felt fearful or needed to talk; it gave her great comfort. As her carers, we could call, too – it gave us so much reassurance knowing we weren’t alone.

“Now, two years after our bereavement, my husband, Jim, and I still feel supported. We’re looking forward to coming to our Sunflower Memories event held at the hospice where Annie was cared for.

“To be among other people who have gone through loss means a lot. We think about Annie all the time, and an event like Sunflower Memories really concentrates your mind. We take comfort in knowing that, by giving to the event, we are helping to make sure that other families like us can receive the care and peace of mind from Pilgrims that they need. It’s a way to say ‘thank you’ for all Pilgrims do.”

– Stella and Jim Mitchell (Annie’s sister and brother-in- law).

Contact us

If you’d like to take part in Sunflower Memories in future or find out more about how you can support Pilgrims by remembering a loved one, call our Supporter Relations team on 01227 782 062.

Thank you so much for your support

Every generous donation from our amazing community of supporters helps to make sure we can be there for the next family who needs us.

#Click here# (news / trees-love-services-raise-60k-pilgrims) to read about the success of Trees of Love 2016, which raised more than £60,000 to fund our specialist hospice care across east Kent.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, #find out about the full range of services Pilgrims can offer# (patient-care).