Nine pupils from St Richard’s Catholic College have been awarded £75 sponsorship each for a pilgrimage to Lourdes in April.
The Year 11 pupils were presented with a cheque for £675 during a year assembly by Keith Osbourne who is the President of the Bexhill Circle of Catenians and the Chair of Governors at St Richard’s.
These year 11s are part of a larger group of 23 pupils from St Richard’s who will be going on the HCPT pilgrimage at Easter to Lourdes, a town in the south west of France where the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is a place of mass pilgrimage for people from all over the world.
The St Richard’s pupils have been putting a huge effort into fundraising over many months in order to send three disabled children on holiday to Lourdes and to pay for themselves to accompany the trip as helpers as part of Group 715. The pupils have already raised over £2,000 through cake sales, sponsored walks, bag-packing at supermarkets and helping to organise a year 7 charity Halloween school disco.
James Campbell, HCPT Group 715 leader and teacher at St. Richard’s Catholic College, said: “I am really impressed by the fundraising and determination of all the 23 pupils going on the pilgrimage this year. Their efforts to raise money have been second to none. It will be a special trip this year as our region ‘Met deep South’ will be leading the HCPT trust mass and our pupils will be closely involved in providing the music and liturgy alongside their other service group duties.”
One year 11 pupil summed up their excitement: “We have all been fund-raising hard to get ourselves to Lourdes to form group 715.”