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The Raphael Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 1098328

Our Lady of Lourdes

Pilgrimage Programme & Application Forms

Travel information

Main party travel

Youth Group travelling by coach

Travel details from other locations

Independent travellers

Accommodation for the sick

Hotel accommodation


How to apply?

How much will it cost?

Pilgrimage Director

Chief Medical Officer

Chief Nurse

Chief Brancardier

Chief Handmaid

Spiritual Director

Leonard Cheshire VC


Treasurer and financial matters

Lourdes Information

Charity Commission

Why must Raphael be a charity

Declaration of Trust

Terms of Reference

Health and Safety

Financial Management, Control & Accounting

Disclosure of Abuse

Data Protection

Grievance Policy

Complaints procedure

Review of Raphael Operations and Management

The Gilbert Thompson Memorial Fund

Trustee awareness of Charity Commission Act 2011

Children on the pilgrimage

2007 pilgrimage

2002 2003 pilgrimage

Requiescat in Pace ARCHIVE




Guest Book Archive

WORKSHOP 2009 - South (Archive note)


WORKSHOP 2009 - North (Archive note)

Michael Arditti's visit toLourdes with Raphael...

Lourdes 2008 : Flikr contribution




2009 pics & comments

Dedication Service September 2009 (Archive note)


Raphael Reunion in the South 2013

Catenian Association Bursary Fund


In memory of....

2012 pics

'Raphael - Looking to the future' A workshop day for all

2013 pics

Message Board


Mail Form


The Raphael Pilgrimage to Lourdes

For more pictures click on '2013 pics' (left hand side below)
2014 dates are Monday 1st to Friday 5th September
#The Raphael Reunion in the South takes place on Saturday 14th June at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon, SW19 4LU. Mass at 6.30pm followed by a buffet supper. Cost £15 per head. Raffle prizes gratefully received. To book, please contact Angela on 020 8337 5016 or email

Message from our Director

Paul Affleck, our Director, offers an update
The full text can be found under 'Pilgrimage Director'

Raphael, unlike most other pilgrimages...

...aims to be 100% working pilgrimage.
That is, we take only sick pilgrims and those who care for them (helpers of every kind - priests, deacons, doctors, nurses, male lay helpers ("brancardiers") and female lay helpers ("handmaids"). If you are applying to come as a helper you must be prepared to roll up your sleeves! We take enormous pride in the loving care of our sick pilgrims, and we are regarded very highly indeed by the authorities in Lourdes, both the Sanctuary and the Hospitalité, for our standards of both professional and practical organisation. Being relatively small we maintain a good 'family feeling'.

Planning for the future

How to move forward?

If you have any views or ideas especially on how Raphael can meet the challenges that the pilgrimage faces in the future, or if you think you can play a more active role in the pilgrimage either in the preparation before the pilgrimage and/or actually at Lourdes as an active helper then make contact with the chair of trustees on
if it is to do with the management of the charity,
or, alternatively
if it is to do with the management of our pilgrimage to Lourdes.

We welcome new helpers!

2008 picture

The picture above is of the 2008 pilgrimage.

The Raphael Pilgrimage Charity Number 1098328

Director: Paul Affleck
Treasurer: Mr Christopher Woodward
Chief Medical Officer: Dr Tony Blackman
It is our policy not to give out personal contact information (unless the person concerned has specifically given their permission). However you can contact the trustees and those who hold post with the pilgrimage via our email link (go to the base of this page and on the left hand side you will see 'mail form').
You will be asked for your name, email address, the subject of your enquiry and then asked to go through a simple security procedure. Your email will then be forwarded onto the appropriate person.

General Information

See also new information about finances and Gift Aid under the Treasurers section.

Paul Affleck, Director has made a request for your help and support. Please go to the 'Pilgrimage Director' page to read the message. To contact Paul direct please email him on
Aims of The Raphael Pilgrimage
(As set out by Leonard Cheshire , our Founder)
'To Take the sick and disabled to Lourdes, to care for them in every way during the Pilgrimage.
The Pilgrimage is under the spiritual guidance of Father Leo Heakin.
Our next pilgrimage:
1st to 5th September 2014.


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The Raphael Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 1098328 |Our Lady of Lourdes |Pilgrimage Programme & Application Forms |Travel information |Main party travel |Youth Group travelling by coach |Travel details from other locations |Independent travellers |Accommodation for the sick |Hotel accommodation |Insurance |How to apply? |How much will it cost? |Pilgrimage Director |Chief Medical Officer |Chief Nurse |Chief Brancardier |Chief Handmaid |Spiritual Director |Leonard Cheshire VC |Trustees |Treasurer and financial matters |Lourdes Information |Charity Commission |Why must Raphael be a charity |Declaration of Trust |Terms of Reference |Health and Safety |Financial Management, Control & Accounting |Disclosure of Abuse |Data Protection |Grievance Policy |Complaints procedure |Review of Raphael Operations and Management |The Gilbert Thompson Memorial Fund |Trustee awareness of Charity Commission Act 2011 |Children on the pilgrimage |2007 pilgrimage |2002 2003 pilgrimage |Requiescat in Pace ARCHIVE |2004 |2005 |2006 |Guest Book Archive |WORKSHOP 2009 - South (Archive note) |1979 |WORKSHOP 2009 - North (Archive note) |Michael Arditti's visit toLourdes with Raphael... |Lourdes 2008 : Flikr contribution |2008 |1963 |1966 |2009 pics & comments |Dedication Service September 2009 (Archive note) |2011 |Raphael Reunion in the South 2013 |Catenian Association Bursary Fund |REUNION IN THE NORTH 2014 |In memory of.... |2012 pics |'Raphael - Looking to the future' A workshop day for all |2013 pics |Message Board |Guestbook |Mail Form