Furley Page urges support for Pilgrims Hospices fund-raiser

21st August 2014

Charity needs help now more than ever says law firm

Furley Page has pledged its continuing support for the Pilgrims Hospices’ annual Light Up the City event in Canterbury this autumn – and is urging others to get behind the charity.

For the third successive year, the leading Kent law firm is to be the main sponsor of the night-time 3k walk and 5k run, which take place on Saturday, October 25.

Last year Furley Page’s enthusiastic staff helped galvanise the biggest turn-out yet, with 850 supporters taking to the streets and raising a record £26,000 for the charity.

Nicola August, Partner at Furley Page and Head of the firm’s Vulnerable Client team, said: “The charity has had a very difficult few months, having abandoned plans to close in-patient beds at its Canterbury hospice because of the strength of public feeling against the move.

“It has listened to the community’s concerns and vowed to do its utmost to maintain beds in Canterbury, as well as in Thanet and Ashford – so now more than ever it really needs public support.

“Thanks to Pilgrims Hospices, many people are able to cope with life-limiting illness with dignity and free from pain. To be able to continue this wonderful work, the charity has to raise more than £11.5 million every year to deliver specialist care to patients and their families in East Kent.

“Light Up the City is a fantastic, fun event that all ages can enjoy. It contributes a significant amount of funding towards the work that the charity does and it’s a great way of bringing people together.

“Pilgrims Hospices relies on the generosity of the community for 75% of its funding so we urge everyone to turn out on October 25 and help the charity to continue delivering care where it’s most needed.”

Pilgrims Hospices Regional Fundraising Manager Deborah Kellond said: “Furley Page have been wonderful supporters for the past three years and this year is no exception. The partners and staff really get behind this signature fundraising event through volunteering and participation and even judging our fancy dress competition!

“Support from local businesses is even more crucial and being aligned, yet again, to a very well-respected firm like Furley Page helps us to send the right message to the wider community.  We really appreciate their confidence in our organisation and their financial sponsorship again this year.”

Light Up the City begins and ends in Canterbury’s Dane John Gardens, Watling Street. People of all ages are invited to don their brightest and most luminous outfits for the event and can choose from a 3km stroll or 5km run around the city walls, past some of Canterbury’s most iconic historic landmarks.

The 3km stroll starts at 6pm and costs £5 in advance or £10 on the night (under-fives go free). The 5km run begins at 7.30pm and costs £10 for adults and £5 for children under 14 in advance (£15 and £10 respectively on the night).

To register for the walk or run, visit www.pilgrimshospices.org or call 01227 782062.
Notes to editors

Light up the City

Registration for the walk opens at 5.15pm; registration for the run begins at 6.30pm. There will be prizes for the best dressed dog, child and adult on the stroll and the best dressed individual and team for the run. A medal will be available to everyone completing the run but if participants would prefer to decline, they will be making a further donation to Pilgrims Hospices. Refreshments will be available in Dane John Gardens, open until 8.30pm for the sale of hot and cold drinks and snacks. There will also be a water station at The Running Outlet in Palace Street and in Dane John Gardens. There is also a public water fountain in the Gardens.

Nicola August

Nicola is an Approved Panel Deputy of the Court of Protection – one of just 59 nationwide. She is the only Deputy in East Kent, and one of just three in Kent. As a member of the Panel, Nicola can act as a Deputy for vulnerable individuals who lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions, and who have no one close to them suitable or willing to act as a Deputy, dealing with matters relating to property, financial affairs, health and personal welfare.

Pilgrims Hospices background

Pilgrims Hospices provides palliative care for adults with a range of illnesses that cannot be cured. Care is provided from sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in patients' homes and via community programmes. Care is also extended to families and carers. To keep delivering care to those that need it the most, Pilgrims has to raise £11.5 million each year. The majority of this comes from the local community, so fundraising is critical, while 80p in every pound raised goes directly on patient care.

Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury

Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury is the founding hospice and was opened in June 1982 by the Queen Mother. Refurbished in 2003, it has an in-patient unit, runs a series of day programmes and offers outpatient appointments as well as visiting services in patients own homes. The hospice, on London Road, stands within its own grounds featuring a Therapeutic Labyrinth Garden, set back from a building that houses administration, education facilities and a library.

Pilgrims Hospice, Thanet

Pilgrims Hospice Thanet opened in 1992. It has an inpatient unit, runs a series of day programmes and offers outpatient appointments as well as visiting services in patients own homes. It hosts the only palliative care accommodation in east Kent that is suitable for patients with dementia. Situated on the main Ramsgate to Margate road, the hospice stands within the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Hospital.

Pilgrims Hospice, Ashford

Pilgrims Hospice Ashford opened its doors in 2001. It has an in-patient unit, runs a series of day programmes and offers outpatient appointments as well as visiting services in patients own homes. Situated on Hythe Road, near J10 of the M20, the hospice stands in four acres of land given over to formal gardens, featuring a fountain and wildlife garden.    


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