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‘You had better be ready for a fight’

Pilgrims Hospices board gets rough ride over proposals to close the city inpatients’ ward IF THE trustees of the Pilgrims Hospices took one thing away from a public meeting last week, it may be this line from former nurse Peggy Pryer: “If you want to carry on these plans, be prepared for a fight.” The mood of the meeting on …

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People power prompts hospice closure rethink

A public outcry over plans to close the Pilgrims Hospice ward in Canterbury has inspired charity bosses to reconsider. Trustees were “extremely concerned” about the outpouring of opposition expressed by hundreds who attended an emotionally- charged public meeting at Canterbury Academy last week. On Monday, they decided to postpone further public meetings while the trustees “review their plans” for inpatient …

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I write as a now-retired GP and very long-term supporter, advocate, fundraiser and specialist palliative physician who worked on the ward at Canterbury Pilgrims Hospice for many years from 1982 to August 2010. I question the wisdom and fear the long-term fall out, both a loss of loyalty and income if the beds were to be closed in Canterbury, known …

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No more wheelie bin race or horse show donations

THINK AGAIN Save our hospice – special report The Pilgrims Hospices could suffer a devastating slump in donations as a result of closing the Canterbury centre, it is feared. Already a major fundraising event planned for July has been cancelled and the organisers of another event say they will donate the proceeds to a different good cause. There are also …

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Third of beds at hospice to shut by 2016

Future plan is to provide more patient care in the home, says chief executive A THIRD of the inpatient beds at Pilgrims Hospice will shut in the next two years – but more could be provided in future. News of the closure was broken to staff and volunteers last week and managers said the 16-bed inpatient unit at the Canterbury …

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