GIRL Guides often go camping on a warm summer’s evening.

But a group of girls from the organisation based in Peebles will brave the winter weather next Friday for a camping experience that will make a difference to those less fortunate.

Social Bite has launched the second Wee Sleep Out to encourage youngsters to join the charity’s movement to end homelessness.

This year Peebles Girl Guides and Rangers are standing by their motto to ‘Be Prepared’ and are ready to cope with anything that comes their way.

They will, however, be hoping that the weather next week doesn’t dampen them or their spirits.

District commissioner of Girl Guiding Peebles, Benny Lawrie said: “We plan to spend two hours sleeping outside and then we will take the girls into St Andrews Leckie Church hall, where use is being given free to support us.

“The girls hope to raise much-needed funds for this worthwhile cause, but also to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness across Scotland and within our own community of Peebles.”

The Guides are planning a number of activities linked to the plight of homelessness, such as building a cardboard shelter outside, and writing Christmas cards to send to homeless people.

Benny added: “We are looking for other businesses in the town to support us with donations of food and clothing that we will collect and donate to the local foodbank and the Shelter charity that is active in the town.”

The Guides have set up a Just Giving Page and welcome donations.