COWDENBEATH MSP Annabelle Ewing has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament praising the pupils at Lochgelly High School who ran a soup kitchen and sleep-out in support of the Social Bite homelessness charity

As part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award programme the pupils decided to ensure they did their bit to highlight the problems people sleeping out have.

There are also activities going on this weekend involving members of Auchterderran/Kinglassie Church who will be sleeping out in Edinburgh as part of Social Bite Sleep In the Park and on Monday Benarty undertaker Harry Webster, will sleep out in the Miners Memorial Garden at The Shank.

Speaking on Thursday Ms Ewing said: “I was delighted to give the Duke of Edinburgh Award students at Lochgelly High School this wee bit of recognition for the work they have been doing.

"They really are a fine group of young people, a credit to their school and to their community2.

Ms Ewing added: “Their most recent endeavour was a community soup kitchen which they organised in support of the SocialBite Wee Sleep Out. I was pleased to be invited along by my Scottish Youth Parliament counterpart, Bailey-Lee Robb, who is a senior pupil at the school as well as being the MSYP for Cowdenbeath.

“While many thanks are due to the Lochgelly Co-op for their donation of the ingredients used in the soup kitchen, the several varieties of soup on offer were all the work of the young people themselves.

“That same group of young people then stayed overnight at the school for the Wee Sleep Out and I understand that more than £100 was raised by their various activities.”

The motion, as it appears in the Official Report of the Scottish Parliament, is as follows: Motion S5M-14985: Annabelle Ewing, Cowdenbeath, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/11/2018, Lochgelly High School Pupils' Wee Sleep Out: "That the Parliament applauds the participation of the S5 Duke of Edinburgh Silver Group at Lochgelly High School in the Social Bite Wee Sleep Out; notes that the pupils also helped to run a soup kitchen before the event; believes that they are a credit to their parents, school and community, and wishes them every success."