Hallelujah for kind donation to The Pilgrimage Trust

Faye Garthwaite from SENECA Homes is presented with flowers by Emma Bingham as members of the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust group 527 look on.
Faye Garthwaite from SENECA Homes is presented with flowers by Emma Bingham as members of the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust group 527 look on.

A GROUP of adults and children were delighted to receive a £5,000 cash boost towards an annual trip to a religious retreat.

Around 45 members of The Pilgrimage Trust, in Hartlepool, were donated the much-needed funds by kind-hearted bosses at town firm Seneca Homes.

Faye Garthwaite from SENECA Homes is presented with flowers by Emma Bingham as members of the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust group 527 look on.

Faye Garthwaite from SENECA Homes is presented with flowers by Emma Bingham as members of the Handicapped Children's Pilgrimage Trust group 527 look on.

The trust had written to the company to ask for any potential donations to go towards its yearly trip to Lourdes, in France.

And it was gobsmacked to receive a response from Seneca saying that the firm was willing to fork out £5,000 for the visit.

Lynn Docherty, group leader and organiser, was delighted

He said: “It’s probably the best donation we’ve ever had.

“In the past the most we’ve got from a single organisation is about £740, which is fantastic and is enough to cover the cost of the trip for one person.

“To get £5,000 in this day and age with the recession and everything is just brilliant.

“The donation from Seneca paid for the cost of almost seven people to go.

“Everything we do is voluntary so this has really helped to put us on a good footing.

“I wish some how I could describe in words how grateful we are.”

The town group went on the trip earlier this year from May 23 to 30.

And as well as the members, there were also a team of doctors, nurses and additional helpers too.

Lynn added: “It was a really good trip.

“It gives people on the visit the opportunity to make new friends.

“It also allows carers to have a break.

“Some people enjoy it because they are searching, while others are bereaved and going to Lourdes with the group helps with that.

“It’s a pilgrimage.

The members of HCPT either have disabilities or sometimes have socially difficult backgrounds with learning or physical disabilities.