"Being a helper is rewarding in so many ways"
Kiran and Raj are 18 year old twin brothers who have been travelling with HCPT Group 86 (Bury St Edmunds) as young helpers for the last two Easter pilgrimages. This year they step up to become adult helpers with more responsibilities. Kiran explains how he and his brother got involved with HCPT, “We got involved […]
My first visit to Lourdes was a turning point in my life
Danielle, at 21 and is HCPT’s youngest group leader. Read about the impact HCPT has had on her life since she first travelled as a pilgrim aged 11. “My name’s Danielle. I’m 21 and have a condition called “cleft lip and palate”. I was born with openings in my upper lip and the roof of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]