A BROTHER and sister struck by the horrors of living on the streets after watching a film raised money for rough sleepers by transforming their house into a café.
After watching A Street Cat Named Bob, which tells the story of a homeless busker and recovering drug addict whose life is transformed by a stray ginger cat, Brandon and Lottie Morgan-Geer, aged seven and five, asked their mum Gemma if homeless people exist in real life as well as in films.
When Mrs Morgan-Geer, 36, confirmed that they do and that there are lots of them, the shocked youngsters decided to do their bit to help.
The magnanimous Castle Mead Primary School pupils turned their house into a pop-up café for one day and sold hot chocolate and biscuits to family and friends, raising £150 for Breakthrough Trowbridge.
Brandon said: “James was all alone in the film until someone helped him and it was really sad.
“It was really surprising when we found out that it happens in real life too and that’s what made us want to help.
“I didn’t know if we would make that much money at our café but when we made over £100 we were so happy. It felt amazing.”
With Brandon head of sales and Lottie the chief marshmallow distributor, the siblings made a formidable pairing at their pop-up café and the hot chocolate went down a treat.
For their efforts, they were last Tuesday presented with a Civic Award from mayor Linda Self, who labelled their ideas as “absolutely fantastic”.
Mrs Morgan-Geer, a hypnobirthing practitioner of Gundy Grove, Hilperton, said: “They plucked the idea of a hot chocolate café out of thin air when I told them that there are homeless people so I said let’s go for it.
“I thought it was important for them to watch the film as it looks at issues including addiction and how judgemental people can be, and we were so, so proud of how they responded.”
The young entrepreneurs now have plans to hold an ice cream sale in summer to raise more money for Breakthrough, which supports rough sleepers in the town.
Charity manager Barrie Dearlove said: “We are incredibly grateful to Lottie and Brandon. With ideas like this at such a young age, it’s clearly that they will go far. The money they raised will go towards helping our service users – every penny is needed.”