Pilgrims Hospics is a charity providing specialist palliative care free of chare to people in east Kent We care for people with illnesses that can not be cured including cancer, heart failure, respiratory conditions and neurological diseases. Care is provided from the three sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in patient's homes and via community programmes. Care is also extended to families and carers. During the year to April 2013, the hospices cared for more than 2,300 patients - a rise of 14 per cent on the 12 months previous. To continue delivering care to those who need it most, Pilgrims Hospices has to raise more than £10 million each year. The majority of this comes from our local community, so fundraising is very important. The government contributes about 25 per cent but reviews that every year.