Tributes to be written on willow
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.