Donation to HCPT

October 21st, 2015 by Sarah Turnham

Many thanks to  Stacey Vincent for organising a charity event for the HCPT  (Hosanna House & Children’s Pilgrimage Trust).  Stacey is our Intervention Co-ordinator and arranged for a coach to go to London on Saturday to see the hit stage show musical Matilda.  Everyone who attended the trip had an awesome day.  Stacey managed to raise £453 from doing a raffle and playing bingo on the bus.  Mike Halford came into school today to receive the donation and was thrilled by the amount Stacey raised.

HCPT Group 99 (click here for more information) was originally founded in 1978. The group is made up of members who have served the needs of children in the Newport (South Wales) and Western Valley areas for many years. Like many other HCPT groups our members are a mix of individuals of all ages, some who have professional medical skills and teaching skills and others who simply roll up their sleeves ‘and get stuck in’.  A former student of Hartridge High School Laura Prosser is now a fully qualified helper and is a huge success story for us to be very proud of.

Lourdes has been a place for pilgrimage since 1858. Today over five million people per year visit the town. HCPT founder Dr Michael Strode first visited in 1951 and saw the potential to organise a pilgrimage for disabled children at the school where he was working. HCPT itself was founded in 1956. It revolutionised the way that disabled people enjoyed a trip to the famous shrine.  HCPT helps 1,000 disabled and disadvantaged children and young people visit every Easter and hundreds of disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages to enjoy a week at Hosanna House near the town each Summer.

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