Saturday, 12 April 2014

Catholic Women Offer Support to Lourdes Charity

L-R: Mark Elms, Barbara Elms and Dave Turner
The Catholic Women's League Bexhill Section invited Mark Elms from HCPT, The Pilgrimage Trust to be a guest speaker at its monthly meeting to explain the work which the  Trust carries out. He told us that HCPT is a charity offering pilgrimage holidays to Lourdes in the south of France, for disabled and disadvantaged people from around the UK and further afield.

Every Easter over 1,000 disabled and disadvantaged children enjoy a week in Lourdes, staying in hotels with their volunteer helpers. Each Summer over 1,500 people, many of them disabled adults, enjoy a week at HCPT’s Hosanna House in Bartrès near Lourdes. HCPT is a Catholic charity and its services are open to all. Volunteers and beneficiaries come from all walks of life and from all faiths and none. 

Mark's talk was inspiring and uplifting, outlining the great work carried out by so many young adults in their caring for disadvantaged pilgrims. Our picture shows Mark, together with CWL Chairlady Barbara Elms who presented the CWL's donation cheque to Deacon Dave Turner, a Group leader for HCPT.

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