HCPT Group 101 is a charity based in Doncaster that raises money to take local children with special needs on holiday to Lourdes in France every Easter. In total, over 5,000 people from all over the world join the HCPT Easter pilgrimage.
HCPT 101 group leaders Phil and Margaret Hall took over the group in 1995, and their tireless work has enabled dozens of local children to enjoy a life changing pilgrimage holiday, Group 101 has fantastic helpers and their dedication and commitment to raising funds is rewarded with a wonderful week in
Lourdes at Easter.
HCPT Doncaster Group 101 was formed in 1978 by Jim Lally, and he was soon followed as group leader by Paul Hutchinson. To this day Paul is still a helper with 101 and is also involved with the Yorkshire Region. Ellen McLaughlin was the next group leader and she raised funds and took children to
Lourdes until she retired as group leader in 1994.
|Group leaders Phil and Margaret|
|Former group leaders Paul and Ellen|
Lourdes pilgrimage begins on Easter Saturday. We travel by coach to Manchester airport and fly to Lourdes-Tarbes airport. We arrive in Lourdes and check into the Hotel Jeanne D’Arc on Easter Saturday afternoon.
|Hotel Jeanne D'Arc|
Our week in
Lourdes is busy and filled with activity, yet there is also time to reflect. The grotto is the place where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette and we touch the smooth rock and see the spring as we walk through the grotto. We light candles and say a prayer for the group and for people back home.
We travel by coach to
Gavarnie in the Pyrenees. Gavarnie is a UNESCO world heritage site renowned for its beautiful landscapes. The views of the mountains are breathtaking and we celebrate mass, eat together and play games on the field. The weather can be glorious sunshine or heavy snow in Gavarnie so we go prepared for anything. After a drink and a sing-song in a café we head back on the coach for our evening meal at the hotel.