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With great regret, HCPT will not be proceeding with either its 2020 summer season of pilgrimage holidays to Hosanna House or the proposed October children's pilgrimage to Lourdes. These decisions were taken by HCPT's board of trustees, with the support of the management team, after a detailed evaluation of the situation surrounding the COVID 19 (coronavirus) epidemic.

HCPT's primary concern in this situation is the wellbeing of all individuals its care.

These have been very difficult decisions to take, and we know they will cause a huge amount of sadness across the Trust. We will continue to monitor the evolution of the pandemic and should conditions permit, will try to create an alternative programme for Hosanna House, which is safe and achievable.

In the meantime, HCPT remains operational and will focus our attention on a variety of developmental, training and strategic projects, which will have long-term benefits for the charity while planning for the 2021 pilgrimage season.

The memorial Mass to celebrate the life of Br Michael Strode (scheduled for 23rd June in Westminster Cathedral) has also been postponed.

For further information of the COVID 19 (coronavirus epidemic), please follow the links below -

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Easter Pilgrimage

Every Easter over 1,000 disabled and disadvantaged children enjoy a week in Lourdes, staying in hotels with their volunteer helpers.

Summer Pilgrimage

Each Summer over 1,500 people, many of them disabled adults, enjoy a week at HCPT's Hosanna House in Bartrès, near Lourdes.

About HCPT

Lourdes has been a place for pilgrimage since 1858. Today over five million people per year visit the town. HCPT founder Dr. Michael Strode first visited in 1951 and saw the potential to organise a pilgrimage for disabled children at the school where he was working. HCPT itself was founded in 1956.

It revolutionised the way that disabled people enjoyed a trip to the famous shrine.

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