CHILDREN from Donibristle Primary took to their beds into school at the weekend – all in the name of charity.

Primary 5 pupils took part in the 'Wee Sleep Out' in aid of Social Bite and their efforts raised more than £2,700 which will help tackle homelessness.

Depute headteacher Karen Hart said the children – and staff – had a great time.

"It was all good fun," she said. "We go to residentials with the the Primary 7s and Primary 6 children but for some of those youngsters, that is the first time they have maybe stayed away from home. We have been keen to look at some way to engage with the P5s in a one-night experience.

"I saw about the sleep out and and just thought that's a double whammy. We can do a sleep out in school so there is no camping outdoors but we are getting one night away from home and raising money for social bite which is always going to be a good thing.

"It gave us a chance to look at homelessness in general as part of the curriculum and fostered interests about equality, discrimination and social justice."

Local Ranger Guides popped in and organised outdoor games while police officers also paid a visit. Children were able to toast marshmallows round a fire and play games as well as enjoy netbook-gaming and pampering at a hair and nail bar before a yoga session followed by a movie and sleep.

"Dalgety Bay Co-op and a parent donated breakfasts and, really, we were lucky with the support of our families and local families," added Mrs Hart. "We raised over £2,700 with gift aid which is pretty big from our 57 Primary 5 children.

"Every single one made it through the night and the youngsters were so enthusiastic, resilient, great fun to be with and it really was a great success. Being in the same space with the people who you are safe with every day made it feel so safe for them."