HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust
|Focus||Providing pilgrimage Holidays to Lourdes.|
|Area served||UK and Ireland (IHCPT)|
HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust is a United Kingdom based charity which takes children with special needs on pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, in Lourdes, France. It was formerly known as Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust And Hosanna House Trust.
HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust is a charity which was formed in 1956 when Dr. Michael Strode first took four children with disabilities on a pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes, establishing a new approach to pilgrimage for children with disabilities.
From HCPT grew the Hosanna House Trust, which was the response to a request from young adults for an opportunity to experience a similar holiday to that of the children. Today, Hosanna House, the Trust's residential centre just outside Lourdes in Bartrès, takes nearly 2,000 pilgrims in groups of 40 to 50, many of whom have disabilities or special needs. These guests stay for a week between Easter and November.
In 1998 HCPT and the Hosanna House Trust were combined as "HCPT - The Pilgrimage Trust".
HCPT takes around 2000 children from the UK and Ireland for a week in Lourdes. The total size of the Easter Pilgrimage is around 5000, which includes all helpers, nurses, doctors and chaplains. The trips usually last a week and take place during Easter. A further 2000 people stay at Hosanna House each year, in Groups of 40 to 45. These groups welcome people of all ages.
HCPT also owns a villa in Bartrès, near Hosanna House. This is a self-catering house for up to 18 people which is accessible and available to all throughout the year.
The holiday pilgrimage is centred on the international shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and gives people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to experience a thoroughly enjoyable group holiday.