Sun­flow­ers share love and com­fort

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

mmile­ham­chap­pell@thek­m­ Hun­dreds of peo­ple came to­gether for a colour­ful event cel­e­brat­ing mem­o­ries of their loved ones.

More than 800 peo­ple at­tended Pil­grims Hos­pices Sun­flower Mem­ory gath­er­ings, to see sun­flower plaque dis­plays in the char­ity’s Ash­ford, Can­ter­bury and Mar­gate hos­pice grounds.

This was Pil­grims’ fourth an­nual Sun­flower ap­peal and the big­gest yet, so far rais­ing £27,000 to sup­port peo­ple liv­ing with an in­cur­able ill­ness in east Kent, with do­na­tions con­tin­u­ing to come in.

Sara Scriven, Pil­grims Hos­pices in­di­vid­ual giv­ing man­ager, said: “The sun­flower e vents a r e s o upli f t i ng. “There was a lovely at­mos­phere of warmth and kind­ness as vis­i­tors took com­fort in shar­ing their sto­ries of loved ones and speaking with Pil­grims team.

“As well as the sun­flower mem­ory marker dis­plays, our gar­dens were decked with beau­ti­ful sun­flower seedlings, grown by Pil­grims gar­den­ers and vol­un­teers and vis­i­tors en­joyed gen­tle mu­sic and re­fresh­ments in the beau­ti­ful hos­pice grounds.

“Each year this special ap­peal grows from strength to strength. We would like to thank ev­ery­one who has made our re­mem­brance day so very special.

“This is such an in­cred­i­ble amount of money to raise for hos­pice care.”

Each year the Pil­grims sup­ports hun­dreds of peo­ple cop­ing with a life-lim­it­ing ill­ness and their fam­i­lies.

The sun­flower mem­ory mark­ers will re­main in the grounds for the next two weeks, with vis­i­tors welcome to view them.

If you wish to take part, Pil­grims will con­tinue to ac­cept con­tri­bu­tions un­til mid Au­gust via www.pil­grimshos­ sun­flower, the Pil­grims team on 01227 782062 or by vis­it­ing your lo­cal Pil­grims Hos­pice re­cep­tion.

The Pil­grims Hos­pice Sun­flower ap­peal

TRIB­UTES: Brian An­nan­dale

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