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Many people will be familiar with the annual Lancaster Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in late July.  There is, however, another local annual Lourdes pilgrimage which takes place each Easter and this is run by HCPT (Hosanna House & Children's Pilgrimage Trust) and this pilgrimage, whilst similar to the diocesan pilgrimage, is centred on young people, particularly those with some form of disability or disadvantage or hardship in life. The young people are cared for by volunteer carers, many of them young people themselves, and this is one of the strengths and hallmarks of HCPT: young people helping young people who are less fortunate than them. It really can be a life-changing experience for both child and carer!

This Easter groups from Lancaster Diocese (from Whitehaven and from Preston) joined the annual HCPT pilgrimage for a week of friendship, sharing and prayer, and there is no doubt that all those who took part gained much from their experience. We’ve never known the sun to shine so much at Easter!

HCPT not only runs the annual pilgrimage for young people but also pilgrimage holidays for families, adults and children throughout the pilgrimage season.  If you are interested in knowing more about HCPT, orif you would like to consider joining one of our Easter or Summer groups, please contact us by email at northwest@hcpt.org.uk