Archbishop Leo Cushley has joined hundreds of children in Lourdes as part of HCPT’s Easter Pilgrimage.

Nearly 2,500 people from across the UK, including disabled and disadvantaged children, are at the pilgrimage which includes groups from Edinburgh and Fife.

Archbishop Cushley, the charity's president, said: "People from across the world visit Lourdes with HCPT because they have seen the way they love and look after children.

"The pilgrimage gives children a holiday as well as an experience of Christ's love for them.

"Volunteers set aside a lot of time, effort, energy and love for children with special needs. It's very moving and it's very fun.

"I'm honoured to be the HCPT president and pleased to have the chance to express profound gratitide for the work it does."

Also at the pilgrimage is Fr Jamie Boyle of St Mary's Parish in Stirling.

HCPT (Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust) is a charity registered in England & Wales and in Scotland. Its first Easter pilgrimage was back in 1956.

Stay in touch with the pilgrimage by following HCPT on Facebook or visit the website.