Pilgrims Hospices Trees of Love, remembrance services have so far raised almost £80,000 to support people in east Kent who need end of life care.
Young helpers Millie, Lillie-Starr and Madison, all aged 12, welcomed more than 300 people to the annual gathering on Saturday (December 8) in the Margate hospice gardens to share cherished memories of loved ones lost. The beautiful donated trees where adorned with Pilgrims doves bearing personal messages. The Trees of Love events also took place at the Canterbury and Ashford hospices and in other venues throughout east Kent in Barham, Charing, Dover, New Romney, Folkestone, to allow more people to attend.
Sara Scriven, Pilgrims Hospices Individual Giving Manger, said: “We cannot thank everyone enough for their generous donations to Trees of Love. The trees look so beautiful with everyone’s personally dedicated doves shining in memory of their loved ones. Sharing thoughts and being part of our hospice family keeps our loved ones firmly in our hearts.
“£80,000 is such an amazing amount of money to raise for hospice care. It could pay for many hours of nursing care on our wards, within the Wellbeing and Therapy Centres or in patients’ homes. It will truly help to make a real difference to our patients and their families who need support and care in such difficult times.
“This incredible figure could be even larger once all of the donations are collected.”
The Revd Ken Cox, welcomed visitors followed by readings from staff and volunteers from Pilgrims Hospices. Music was played by the Salvation Army Band with carols sung by choirs from local churches led by Choir Master Tim Attride.
At the end of the service visitors shared minced pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine.
Two trees were donated by Cloughs, Barham, festoon lights and bulbs from City Electrical Factors, Canterbury and tree lights by Goodwins Power Tools in Margate. Pilgrims Hospice send a heartfelt thank you for all of the amazing support provided by the generous local community.
The Trees of Love and their doves will remain in the grounds of the three Pilgrims Hospices in Margate, Ashford and Canterbury until the New Year for people to visit.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, visit www.pilgrimshospices.org to find out more about Pilgrims full range of services.