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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.

Read Stories from HCPT

  • Family enjoys its first full week away!

    Family enjoys its first full week away!

    Robert is 26 and his brother Michael is 22. They both have a rare genetic condition where their skin grows too quickly, making it constantly dry and flaky....

  • "Wish I'd discovered HCPT years ago..."

    "Wish I'd discovered HCPT years ago..."

    "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 week but...

  • HCPT is all about simple, natural moments

    HCPT is all about simple, natural moments

    HCPT's Welsh region is leading the liturgies for HCPT's 2019 pilgrimages. We spoke to Jenni, leader of our of our pilgrimage group in Wales, about her...

  • "I feel part of a big family."

    "I feel part of a big family."

    Paul, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, first travelled with HCPT as a child pilgrim at Easter when he was 15 and remembers that experience very vividly....

  • "I'm the person I am thanks to HCPT."

    "I'm the person I am thanks to HCPT."

    Isla tells us about why her Summer stays with HCPT have meant so much to her. "I stayed at Hosanna House for the fifth time last July. I would have to...

  • "It gives children great memories and hope."

    "It gives children great memories and hope."

    Eloise first travelled to Lourdes at Easter with HCPT as a child when she was 14. That first trip inspired her to return as a helper. Find out what makes...