My time in Lourdes was the best week of my life

Annabel travelled with HCPT for the first time in 2014 with Group 86 (from Bury St Edmunds). Here’s what she told us about the whole experience. I had wanted to go to Lourdes for a while because I’d heard so much about the place, and wanted to experience it for myself. When a friend decided […]

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Shaun Kinsella spoke to us about how travelling as a helper with HCPT in the mid 1990s was the turning point in his life. “I was in my early twenties and had recently recovered from an illness that made me virtually unable to get out of bed for a year. I was working in admin […]

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HCPT and Lourdes have made me who I am today

Abbie explains why HCPT has been such an important part of her life, and why she is sure that she’ll join us again even though her studies mean she can’t travel this year. I absolutely adore HCPT and everything that it’s about! I’m lucky, I was introduced to HCPT by my grandmother, who was a […]

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You are valued for gifts and talents you have

A trio of HCPT helpers were recently shortlisted for the prestigious Celebrating Young People Award. We asked them what makes travelling with HCPT so special. Here’s what they said. Charlie O’Sullivan – who leads an HCPT youth group from London: “Travelling with HCPT is incredibly special to me as it allows me the opportunity to […]

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HCPT changed my life

Gerry Teague has been involved with HCPT for more than 50 years, as a beneficiary, helper and supporter. Here he explains why he and his family’s connections with the charity remain so strong. “HCPT changed my life. As a child I had a serious speech impediment. In 1964, when I was 11, after being selected […]

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I wish I had discovered HCPT years ago...

Beckie joined her first HCPT Easter pilgrimage to Lourdes this year as a volunteer helper. When she got home she let us know how she got on. “Firstly, as a ‘newbie’ to both Lourdes and HCPT, I was a little apprehensive about what to expect. Everyone had told me I was in for an awesome […]

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You are part of an experience the children will never forget

Before visiting Lourdes I had heard stories from previous pilgrims about how much of an amazing experience it is, but I truly underestimated how much it would affect me until I was there myself. Going on pilgrimage with HCPT was the best week of my life. In many ways being at Lourdes was like having […]

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First time nurse helper has a wonderful pilgrimage.

“I knew nothing about HCPT before January this year. I had a pretty horrible 2012/3 to be honest, with the break-up of my 17 year marriage and all of the trauma which came with that. I had told myself in the New Year that I was not going to sit around feeling sorry for myself […]

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