Pyjama parties pull in cash for kids

by Emma Craig and Megan Berkley

Pyjama parties with a twist have been held in Edinburgh to raise money for children.

Oxgangs Primary School has been one of many to take part in fundraising for Children in Need.

On Friday both school children and teachers came dressed in their pyjamas for lessons.

Their donations raised a grand total of £159 between three infant classes.

As well as seeing their favourite teachers don their pyjamas the children learnt about disadvantaged youngsters their own age.

This week also saw the launch of New Pyjamas campaign, hosted by Jack McConnell and George Foulkes in the new Sick Kids hospital.

The money raising drive has a target of £15m for the hospital and has already pledged funds for a drop-in centre, helping to make it a centre of excellence in Scotland.

The money raised by the pyjama fund will go towards the building of the new hospital and the purchase of the best equipment.

Elaine McGonigle, director of the charity said: “It’s about doing something a bit different, and getting senior politicians wearing their pyjamas helps get more people in. Everyone quite enjoys it.”

The Charity organiser recognised the success of the event however hopes for even more support.

Ms McGonigle added: “We need everyone to get behind this, and if everyone in Scotland gave as little at £3, we would reach our target in no time.”

It’s hoped the new building should be completed around 2013.

Jack McConnel Speaks:

George Foulkes Speaks:

Miss Mery Oxgangs Primary Teacher Speaks: