A CHARITY is desperate for funds to help send 50 adults and children from very poor families on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in three weeks' time.
The charity — called a.t.d. fourth world — says it is still £3,000 short of the £5,000 needed for the pilgrimage, which is due to leave England on August 15. Mrs Mary Rabagliati, its director, said this week: "We need help desperately as we cannot disappoint the families and we have no other resources on which to draw."
Each family has to pay £25 towards the cost of the trip; one effect of the cash shortage is that the charity will not be able to make any exceptions even in cases of acute hardship. Mrs Rabagliati said.
Most of the families who will be going are Catholic. although most have little or no contact with their parishes. The charity itself is not specifically Christian.
An appeal has now gone out to every bishop in England and Wales.
Contributions should be sent to aid. fourth world, 48 Addington Square. London SE5, and marked 'Lourdes'.