Celebrating the hospices
PILGRIM JOURNEY: Drama, music and dance to mark silver anniversary
HUNDREDS of people are expected to attend a celebration concert to mark the silver anniversary of the Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent.
The celebration, which takes place in Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday, June 3, promises to be both a joyful and poignant occasion.
At its centrepiece will be a living willow sculpture in the Nave of the Cathedral.
Chaplain of Canterbury Pil- grims Hospice, the Rev Lizzie Hopthrow, who is organising the event, said that at 20ft wide and 10ft tall the sculpture would be the most visual focal point of the whole celebration.
The service has been called Held on our Journey and a highlight will be Our Pilgrim Journey, a performance piece of drama, music and dance charting the history of the charity, which has been devised by local writer and director Ken Pickering.
A choir of 50 members of staff and volunteers from all three hospices will also perform, conducted by Mrs Hopthrow.
“Patients, relatives, retired and current staff and volunteers will all be taking part in the celebration,” she said.
During the service the founder of the three hospices, Anne Robertson, will light a candle in memory of every hospice patient who has died over the last 25 years.
Although it is not a traditional church service the Dean, the Very Rev Robert Willis, will preach.
Mrs Hopthrow said: “Anne Robertson’s original vision was to create a hospice bed within half an hour’s travelling for everyone in east Kent, and she has done that. It is a fantastic achievement.
“This service is a celebration of all that has been achieved. I am very excited and hope people will be very moved.”
The celebration is free and open to all. People don’t need tickets - they just need to turn up.
Doors open at 6pm. The celebration starts at 6.30pm and will last about an hour and 10 minutes.
Parking is available for disabled badge holders only.
Please phone Pam Collins on 01233 504100 to find out more.