Hosanna House Visit

On 23rd May 2012, whilst attending the 54th International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes in France, six members of the RAF Marham contingent visited Hosanna House (a Charity Registered Hostel owned and managed by the Pilgrimage Trust, catering for young people and adults with special needs).

The evening gave us the opportunity to meet the staff and guests of Hosanna House, share a barbeque laid on by them whilst being entertained by The Band of the King’s Division. I then joined them in an ‘activity dance’, which gave them all the opportunity to prove that their levels of coordination far exceeded that of mine.

Spending time with these ex-service personnel and their relatives, justifiably referred to as VIPs, whilst extremely humbling, was also very enjoyable and entertaining. They are all such cheerful and appreciative people who all have a story to tell; making you realise just how lucky you are. In the short time spent there we made many new friends and enjoyed the experience tremendously. Many people who are fortunate enough to visit Hosanna House are so moved by the experience that they vow to one day return to help what is such a deserving charity.

During our visit we presented cheque for £550 to the Hosanna House Group Leader, Mr Richard Tipping, raised through a collection from RAF Marham personnel attending the pilgrimage and a donation from the Station Charities’ Fund.

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