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HCPT Gp 19 is one of 16 groups, who travel to Lourdes each Easter from Scotland. The groups are based in a standard Hotel, and each has its own distinctive 'uniform' with coloured hats, scarves and/or sweatshirts, so that it is easy to recognise each other and keep together.
In total HCPT takes to Lourdes each year almost 2000 children from the UK, Ireland and increasingly from other countries. The children have a wide range of physical and mental disabilities, or are physically and emotionally deprived or neglected.
Cared for by voluntary helpers, including doctors, nurses and chaplains, most of whom pay for themselves, the total size of the Easter Pilgrimage is now about 5000; the largest pilgrimage from the UK and Ireland and probably the largest children's pilgrimage from any country.
The holiday pilgrimage is naturally centred around the international shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and gives children, aged 7-18, with many types of disability or special needs, the opportunity to experience a really stimulating and highly enjoyable holiday of a lifetime.
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