TWO youngsters went bananas at the weekend as they raised money for their school's charity appeel.

Sandy Mooney and Aidan Thacker, both first years at Alva Academy, came up with the idea of doing a 12-mile walk to raise money for the school's Macmillan fund.

As the idea got going, it descended into wearing banana costumes while walking back and forth between the school and Menstrie a bunch of times.

Sandy's mum Susan told the Advertiser that the idea grew arms and legs from inception.

She said: "They cooked up the idea between them. Sandy was going through costumes online and decided when he saw the bananas that it was that one.

"They were aiming for 12-miles, but were going back and forth from the school the Menstrie.

"The legs were a little longer than we had anticipated so it actually ended up at 14.3miles.

"They were very, very tired afterwards and one was limping. We also had to have a pit-stop during it to get a change from jeans to shorts because we weren't expecting it to be as hot as it was.

"They were thoroughly cooked bananas by the end."

The response from the public was superb as passers-by stopped the boys for pictures and to donate to their cause, helping spur on the weary legs.

Susan said: "Everyone was great, people were hanging out windows and everything.

"People started beeping horns as soon as we left, we even had to tell them they had to wave back."

Thanks to the fantastic effort, Sandy and Aidan raised an impressive £236.76 for Macmillan.