School children in Peebles gave up the comfort of their cosy beds for the night to raise money for the homeless.

Last Friday evening, 16 youngsters from the after-school club, School’s Out, grabbed their sleeping bags and duvets, and slept in the local community centre as part of a national awareness-raising fundraising campaign.

The Wee Sleep Out, organised by the charity Social Bite, saw hundreds of youths rough it last weekend in a mission to end homelessness.

The School’s Out troopers, opted for warmer surroundings and chose the Drill Hall to set up camp, rather than braving the blustery winter weather.

So far the children have raised £500 with money still rolling in.

And one person who knows what it’s like to sleep rough in freezing conditions is School’s Out director, Clare Swann.

She told us: “Last year I took part in the big sleep out in Princes Street Gardens, and in the past I worked with homeless in Edinburgh, so for me it was a great opportunity to do something to raise awareness and much needed money.

“The children, staff and parents of School’s Out supported me last year, so when the Wee Sleep Out was announced I knew we needed to get involved. The children were so keen from the offset and had weekly planning meetings to put the event together.”

Social Bite organisers paid a visit to the big-hearted children in Peebles, and were impressed at their commitment to give up their home comforts to raise money for the charity.

“All the children believe strongly that in the year 2018, no-one should be without a home,” said Clare. “I am so proud of all the children and staff who volunteered to give up their beds and feel hopeful that we are another step closer to ensuring homelessness in Scotland becomes a thing of the past.”

As the season of goodwill fast approaches, locals can donate via their fundraising page www.virginmoneygiving.com/schoolsout which closes on Christmas Eve.