FOUR of Scotland’s top philanthropists have each donated £25,000 to fund places for the nation’s young people to take up the Social Bite Sleep in the Park fundraising challenge.

2000 places at Sleep in the Park – the world’s biggest sleepout – are on offer to school pupils over 16 and students.

The donation has been made by a group of the country’s leading philanthropists; John Watson (founder of the Watson Foundation), Bruce Wishart (managing director of Empteezy), Alan McLeish (managing director of QTS Group) and The Weir Charitable Trust.

Participants in the Sleep in the Park aren’t able to buy tickets for the rough-sleeping event, which features exclusive busking sets from the likes of Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue, Amy MacDonald and Frightened Rabbit. Instead, they pay an initial £50 fundraising amount and commit to raising at least another £50 more.

The £100,000 donation will pay the initial £50 fundraising amount for 2000 young people across the country. All Scottish young people over 16 and in full-time education are invited to claim their place.

Social Bite hopes the event will raise a total of £4 million which will be invested in solutions to try and end homelessness in Scotland in a five-year period.

Josh Littlejohn, co-founder of Social Bite, said: “I’m so grateful for the support from John, Bruce, Alan and The Weir Charitable Trust.

“It’s great that we’re able to invite so many young people to take part. They are the future voices and leaders of our country.”