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I was very sad to hear the Pilgrims Hospice was to close to inpatients, having been one of the nurses at the start of the hospice in 1982 when the Queen Mother opened it. It has relied on the very good work of many fundraisers and volunteers through the many years. The closure will mean an even heavier workload on …

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I write as a volunteer at Pilgrims in Canterbury who is horrified at the trustees’ decision to stop inpatient care in 2016. Before the hospice opened in 1982 we volunteers, trained by community nurses and social workers, offered basic support to cancer patients through night and day sitting services in the home. This care in the community was welcome and …

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Shock, sadness… and fears donations could fall away

THINK AGAIN SAVE OUR HOSPICE – SPECIAL REPORT Bosses at Canterbury’s Pilgrims Hospice are under mounting pressure to rethink the planned closure of the 16-bed care unit. They claim the charity-run centre, which opened in 1982, is “no longer fit for purpose” and closing it will save £500,000 a year. Instead, they want to expand hospice care in the community, …

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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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