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Group 73 is part of the family of HCPT groups which take children on a pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes every Easter

We are a Cardiff based Welsh family group taking up to 10 local children with a variety of needs and abilities. The children who are nominated to us have a wide range of social, emotional, behavioural, physical and/or health needs. Taking the children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes provides them with a wonderful, exciting, fun-filled and loving holiday and their parents and families respite they often need.

Supporting the children are our group leaders, chaplain, nurse and 10 - 15 other helpers from a social, health and education backgrounds (among others). Find out more on the "Meet the Team" page!

The group was founded in 1973 in the Heath area of Cardiff and we are still lucky enough to be supported by the parish of St Josephs. Our current group leader is Patricia O'Meara who leads the team in working together throughout the year. We have monthly meetings at St Joseph's Catholic Sports and Social Club in Cardiff, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. At the meetings we discuss and organise fundraising events, participate in training events and plan for the next year's pilgrimage.

If you know a child you would like to nominate to join our group, or you are interested in becoming a helper please contact Pat at

You may also like to download our child-friendly information leaflet.