On 23 July former members of HCPT Sheffield Group 39 met in Mother of God Parish Hall, Sheffield for a reunion on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary when HCPT Group 39 first travelled to Lourdes at Easter, 1979. They continued to do so for the following eleven years.
116 Yorkshire children were taken to Lourdes by Group 39 over the twelve pilgrimages. One who travelled to Lourdes said, “We were well cared for on our holidays with Our Lady by our group nurse Gill – far left on photograph – and our chaplain, Fr Lawrie Hulme – far right on photograph.
“Helpers were present from each pilgrimage and it was a pleasure to share memories and catch up on news with friends we hadn’t met for over a quarter of a century.”
Another participant in the reunion commented, “During Mass the love was palpable.”