Tributes to be writ­ten on wil­low

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPERATION STACK -

WHEN the first Pil­grims Hospice opened in Can­ter­bury in 1982, it was a huge leap of faith for a hand­ful of peo­ple, in­spired by a vi­sion of pro­vid­ing hospice care for the peo­ple of east Kent.

Over a quar­ter of a cen­tury it has grown to of­fer spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care at three in-pa­tient units in Ash­ford, Thanet and Can­ter­bury and teams of spe­cial­ist nurses in the com­mu­nity.

It has all been made pos­si­ble by the gen­eros­ity and com­mit­ment of res­i­dents and they are be­ing in­vited to join the 25th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion and thanks­giv­ing in Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral on Sun­day, June 3, at 6.30pm.

This will be no or­di­nary ser­vice, but an evening of story, drama, dance and both tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, led by a choir and mu­si­cians drawn from hospice staff and vol­un­teers.

Cen­tre­piece of the cel­e­bra­tion will be a huge wil­low sculp­ture in the nave. At­tached to this will be 1,000 in­di­vid­ual mes­sages, to or about the work of the hospice writ­ten on slices of a wil­low log, which af­ter the ser­vice will be re­tained in the cathe­dral herb gar­den.

Any­one who would like to be part of the work of art can col­lect a slice of the log from Ash­ford Hospice in Hythe Road, Willes­bor­ough and com­plete their mes­sage. It must be re­turned to the hospice by May 13.

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