Sunday, February 07, 2016

HCPT London Beaumont Region Day of Preparation 2016

One of the best attended HCPT days of preparation that I can recall for some years took place earlier today.

 Possibly the fact that 2016 is the 60th anniversary of the founding of HCPT by Brother  Michael Strode  has resulted in the increase numbers.

In 1956  the then Doctor Strode started the Trust now known as HCPT with a handful of young people and helpers when as an expert  medic he took 4 disabled children from Chailey Heritage  to Lourdes.

The HCPT  pilgrimage to Lourdes over Easter Week  these days usually numbers some 5000 mainly young people and there is much to celebrate.

The day of preparation  at St Georges Weybridge was attended by dozens of young, and one or two older helpers, nurses  and chaplains. Much was learned about medical and some difficult  behavioural aspects of life which  can affect us all and how best to  enhance peoples' lives during their week away in Lourdes.

Of course there was time for  helpers, some of whom  had never been to Lourdes or met each other before, to  converse and get to know each other.

Lunch included  bacalavas prepared by group 729 old hand Bernadette who with her sister over  from Baghdad to assist with Bernie's own recovery from an hospital stay, had made some delicious Middle Eastern fare.

Bernadette  who is currently convalescing  could not herself attend the preparation day this year though all catering went down a treat with those who did. Bernie promises to be fit by Easter.

Our new helpers appeared to find the day very fulfilling albeit just a little tiring, all of which augurs well for the HCPT  pilgrimage to Lourdes over Easter.


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