the alistair roberts memorial fund application form
helping young people to help others
ARMF was set up in 2002 in memory of Alistair Roberts (1983-2001). It aims to provide financial support to young adults who wish to participate as Brancardiers or Handmaidens in an organized pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, or as Stagiaires under the jurisdiction of the Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes, and who lack the means to do so.
Like Alistair, who attended the Ampleforth pilgrimage in 2000 and 2001, applicants must possess a keen desire to contribute to caring for pilgrims and a willingness to engage in the spiritual life of Lourdes. The fund is open to young adults of any religious denomination, or of no religious affiliation at all.
From the very early days of the Christian Church, the sick, the dying, the elderly and disabled people have been given special place in its prayer and ministry. They teach us that weakness and vulnerability are a part of human life and that suffering can be embraced with no loss of dignity.
On a visit to England in May 1982, Pope John Paul II urged all who enjoy good health to treasure and recognize with gratitude the debt we owe the sick. ‘We begin,’ he said, while presiding over the anointing of the sick in Southwark Cathedral, London, ‘by imagining that we are giving to them. We end by realizing that they have enriched us.’
Caring for the sick is, for many young people, the most powerful and memorable experience of their time in Lourdes. Alistair, who was killed in a car accident in December 2001, always spoke with enthusiasm about his experience there and what it taught him, and looked forward to his return. It is the wish of Alistair's family and the aim of the Alistair Roberts Memorial Fund that it help provide an opportunity for others who might otherwise not be able to go.
Complete the form, detailing your contact details, the funding section, why you want to go to Lourdes and sign the declaration.
Enclose two supporting references which should be personal to you and not generic with just the name changed. References are essential and should be presented on headed paper and signed. Guidelines for referees: please provide an insight into the applicant’s ability to fund raise for themselves, their level of commitment and other personal circumstances that might influence what monies they are given
Keep a copy of your application.
Please retain this half of the form for your records, and complete the bottom section, including uploading copies of your two references. For any queries about your application please contact:
Tel: 01379 669256
If your application is successful, you will receive a letter explaining you have been short-listed and will be contacted shortly. If your application is unsuccessful, we will give reason for this.
Useful notes regarding this application
If you own a non-EU passport and require a VISA to travel to Lourdes, please apply for your correct, additional travel documents ASAP.
Please check you have an up-to-date DBS (previously labelled as CRB) form. This government Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers and voluntary organisations make safe recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people working with vulnerable groups, including children.
Please liaise with your Pilgrimage organiser/Group Leaders regarding your position with this safeguarding admin.
This is your responsibility to arrange, not ARMF's.
Please check your pilgrimage’s exact costs. ARMF is an independent funding body and is not responsible for varying pilgrimages’ financial plans. This is your responsibility, not ARMF's.
Travel Insurance: Travelling independently to Lourdes is not encouraged with this application. However, should this be unavoidable i.e. you are travelling to Lourdes from outside the UK, then you need to arrange your own travel insurance and provide evidence of this.
If opting for ‘partial funding’ you should state clearly to your pilgrimage group and ARMF whether you wish to arrange your own travel insurance and provide evidence of this.
Only in exceptional circumstances will full funding be given.
In addition, only in outstanding circumstances will an applicant be considered after the closing date for applications.
The Trustees would like to remind applicants that those applying for the second time will only be considered after decisions about first time applicants have been confirmed. ARMF only provides repeat bursaries to candidates in exceptional circumstances, and even then only if that year’s budget allows it once first time applications that year have been considered
All information disclosed in this application form is CONFIDENTIAL
DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS (EASTER AND SUMMER) - 1ST MARCH ANNUALLY
ONLY FULLY COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS, INCLUSIVE OF TWO REFERENCES ATTACHED WITH THIS ONLINE PROCESS WILL BE CONSIDERED. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL ELEMENTS READY TO UPLOAD.
Please make sure you keep a copy of this application for your records.
DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS (EASTER AND SUMMER) - 1ST MARCH, ANNUALLY.