A property management company has helped to send a group of eight children on a special trip to France.
Ross and Liddell has provided funding to the Airdrie branch of HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust Group 139, a national charity that works with children across Scotland who have severe special needs. Every year the branch takes a group of children on a Pilgrimage to Lourdes – the town in the South of France where healing miricles are said to take place.
Established in 1956 by doctor, Michael Strode, the charity has grown to become the largest children’s pilgrimage from the UK. Over the years thousands of sick children of all faiths have taken part in the annual trip.
The funding from Ross and Liddell was used to purchase distinctive waterproof jackets which helped the children to identify their adult helpers in large crowds.
Willie Kerr, a Group Leader with HCPT The Pilgrimage Turst said: “We are extremely grateful to Ross and Liddell for their donation. The children and the volunteers had a great time and the jackets came in really handy.
“Our pilgrimages provide an opportunity to visit another part of the world that many of these children might otherwise never have, and they offer much needed respite for the kid’s parents and carers.”
Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Irene Devenny, managing director at Ross and Liddell, said: “It’s fantastic that we have charities like HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust here in Scotland.”
“When we set up the Community Bursary scheme our goal was to support organisations that make a real difference to people in need and the support it gives to children and their families is invaluable.
“We are thrilled to offer our support to the project and I really enjoyed hearing about how much the children enjoyed their trip to France.”
The Bursary Programme is now in its third year and was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community.
The initiative has attracted a significant number of applications from a wide range of community groups and charities across the country.