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23rd July - 31st July 2020

2020 Online Application Form for REDSHIRTS ONLY

Please now read the following guidance notes, so that you enter the correct information when asked.

Please complete this Application Form for each individual Redshirt. Please note, your application cannot be processed unless you confirm, when asked on the application form, that you have read and agreed to the Code of Conduct, which can be accessed by clicking here. It may be worth printing these instructions before you start, so that you can refer to them when filling out the form.

The closing date for applications is 31st March 2020, on a first come, first served basis. Please apply early to avoid disappointment. Any amendment or cancellation of this booking has to be in writing to A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Office - The Redshirts, St Philip Howard Centre, 4 Southgate Drive, Southgate, Crawley, RH10 6RP or by email - click here

If you would like more information on what it means to be be a Redshirt, please click here

THE COST FOR THIS YEARS PILGRIMAGE is £650 (including a £100 non-refundable deposit)
(Cost inclusive of Transport, Accommodation and All Meals)

Please indicate on the application if you wish to pay by monthly instalments.

Having agreed a monthly payment plan with the Pligrimage office, details will be sent to you to arrange with your bank.

Final balance due by 31st May 2020. However, if a monthly payment plan has been agreed with the Pilgrimage Office and payments regularly made, the final balance must be completed by 31st August 2020.


Before starting your application, please make sure you have the following documents with you:

✔ Your Passport
✔ Your European Health Insurance Card ("EHIC Card")
✔ GP's contact details, and a list of your medication (if applicable)
✔ A photograph of yourself to be used on your ID badge, that you can either post, A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, St Philip Howard Centre, 4 Southgate Drive, Southgate, Crawley. RH10 6RP or send by email click here
✔ Details of a referee from your Parish (e.g. Parish Priest, Confirmation Catechist, Youth Worker)


We require you to complete a personal statement and send it to us within ten days of submitting your online application. Your personal statement should be handwritten, then either scanned/emailed or posted to the Pilgrimage Office.

It is very important that you do this as your application cannot proceed without it. Points to include are:

  • Tell us what you have heard about Redshirts that has made you think it would be a good choice for you.
  • Why do you think you would be a good addition to our Redshirt group?
  • What do you hope to gain from your experience?

And for those applying as second timers, please also include:

  • How did Redshirts impact your life?
  • Why do you think coming again would make a difference to you?


In line with the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy, ALL REDSHIRT GROUP LEADERS, (PLUS ALL OTHER HELPERS, DOCTORS, NURSES AND CHAPLAINS) will have an Enhanced DBS Disclosure Certificate.


All pilgrims are included in group travel insurance and the cost is included in the price for the pilgrimage. Pilgrims with pre-existing health conditions need confirmation from their GP of fitness to travel. A copy of the Insurance Policy will be sent to you upon receipt of the deposit payment of £100. Click here to view the Insurance Product Information Document (IPID).

All Redshirts are covered for the duration of the pilgrimage from 23rd July to 31st July 2020. Separate cover should be arranged for those travelling outside of this period. Mobile phones, musical instruments, computers, and loss of unattended personal possessions are specifically excluded.


You will be asked to complete the Confidential Medical Questionnaire. It is important that you provide details of your medical condition(s) and treatment, this helps us to provide appropriate support and will not affect your offer of a place. We will not be able to accept this application if the Medical Questionnaire has not been completed.


ALL REDSHIRTS need an EHIC which will be required in the event of a pilgrim needing medical attention in Lourdes. The EHIC (which is free of charge) can be obtained online at www.ehic.org.uk or phone 0300 330 1350. Please note that an EHIC must be obtained to validate your travel insurance.


You can check if you need to renew your passport before travelling in the EU (even if the dates cover the pilgrimage dates) by going to https://www.gov.uk/check-a-passport-for-travel-to-europe

If you are a non-British/EU citizen you may need a visa to travel to France and possibly specific permission to re-enter the UK. Please check with your embassy and the French embassy to be sure about what you need. It is your responsibility to ensure you have valid travel documents.


The Trust has a Health & Safety Policy. All Redshirts are expected to follow any health and safety procedures laid down by the organisation and behave in a responsible manner for their own welfare and the welfare of others. A copy of the policy is available from the Pilgrimage Office on request.


Complete travel details and final pilgrimage instructions will be sent to you at the beginning of July. These will only be sent if full payment has been received by the 31st May or a monthly payment plan is in effect.


Under the Data Protection Act personal information from the booking form will be registered on a computerised database for processing applications - Click here for details of how we use your personal information.

Before you click the "Complete the Form" link below to make your application do you have in front of you?

✔ Your Passport
✔ Your European Health Insurance Card ("EHIC Card")
✔ GP's contact details, and a list of your medication (if applicable)
✔ A photograph of yourself for your ID badge and safe guarding purposes, that you can either post, A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, The Bothy, Cowfold Road, Coolham, RH13 8QL or send by email click here
✔ Details of a referee from your Parish (e.g. Parish Priest, Confirmation Catechist, Youth Worker) and School (Head of Year/Personal Tutor)

If there is any other information that you think will be useful for us to know regarding your application, please email it to us when you send your 2020 photograph.

Complete the Online Application