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£1,600 from Orbit South residents boosts funds for Pilgrims Hospices in Thanet

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£1,600 from Orbit South residents boosts funds for Pilgrims Hospices in Thanet

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Published by J Knight for Orbit South in Communities and also in Housing

Residents presenting the cheque to Pilgrims Hospices Residents presenting the cheque to Pilgrims Hospices

Staff and residents from two of Orbit South’s sheltered housing schemes in the Thanet area handed over a cheque for £1,500 and another £100 in cash to Pilgrims Hospices on Friday 11 January after a year of dedicated fundraising.

Fundraisers from residential schemes Victoria Villa, Margate and Napleton Court, Ramsgate joined together to maximise their fundraising efforts for Pilgrims Hospices, their chosen charity for 2012. The local cause, which helps to support patients and families who require free specialist care for people in East Kent with any terminal illness, is close to many hearts of residents and staff and the presentation of the cheque was made extra special as it coincides with the twentieth anniversary of Pilgrims Hospice in Thanet.

Donations were raised through a series of events throughout the year, including a quiz night, various raffles and sales and a summer fête, which raised an impressive £715 just on its own.

Jill Larcombe, Orbit South Scheme Manager at Victoria Villa said; “We are really pleased to be able to give this donation to the Pilgrims Hospices in the knowledge that it will help local people struggling with terminal illness. Our staff and residents have events that we have worked hard to hold during the year whilst also knowing that their contributions have such a positive impact on the community and to those that need it most.”

Karen Kenward Regional Fundraising Manager at Pilgrims Hospices said; “The support we received from Orbit South throughout 2012 has been amazing. We are truly grateful to all the staff and residents. The monies raised will enable us to continue to provide care for all who need it, both within the hospice and at home. Pilgrims Hospices relies on the local community to help raise more than £9.5 million a year to support local people with life-limiting illnesses, we would like to thank everyone involved for all of their kind support.”

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