School friends raise funds for The Bus Shelter charity to help homeless in Milton Keynes

Imogen Smith, left and Matilda Legh
Imogen Smith, left and Matilda Legh

School pals Matilda Legh Green and Imogen Smith, have been raising money for the homeless after being asked to write a Christmas poem at school.

Matilda said: “We thought it must be so sad for the poor people who are homeless in winter at Christmas and we decided to do a stall to sell cakes.”

The Year 3 pupils at High Ash School, in Great Brickhill, hoped they could make at least £50 to help The Bus Shelter MK, a charity which offers a warm safe place to sleep every day of the year.

In the event the kindhearted kids, both aged seven, raised £314.21 - with a little help in the kitchen and on Twitter from Matilda’s mum, BBC 3CR Sunday Breakfast Show presenter Helen Legh.

Helen said: “Luckily the Labour Party were canvassing in the area and they retweeted my Tweet.”

She also baked chocolate chip cookies and gingerbread stars for the stall the dynamic duo set up on the front drive.

Matilda admits she and Imogen ‘sampled’ some of the goodies on offer, before starting work in earnest at 10.30am, selling to family, friends and passers-by.

Imogen said: “It was good fun and we were really glad we did it.”

In fact it was so successful that the young charity champions are determined to make it a regular commitment.

They have two future beneficiaries in mind - The Henry Allen Trust and Brain Tumour Research – and have already decided on improvements to their original plan.

Mini entrepreneur, Matilda said: ”We’re going to make a big poster and maybe serve lemonade as well. We might also have a dog bowl with water and treats.”

And she believes it’s good to get into the habit of giving: “Then if you’re poor, other people might want to help you.”

The Bus Shelter MK chairman, Pam Williams, said: “We were overwhelmed by the kindness and compassion of these two little charity champions.

“The money they raised will be put to good use, helping our project provide shelter and support to rough sleepers.”

For more information, visit https://www.thebussheltermk.org/