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These chips can be given to the homeless as an alternative to cash

Words by Abi Scaife

Created in memory of a brother, son and 20-year-old ambulance driver Billy Abernethy-Hope, The Billy Chip is a new way to help people experiencing homelessness.

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Sold in shops in Bristol, Bath, London and more, the Billy Chip exists to help encourage generosity towards rough sleepers and people experiencing homelessness.

If people feel uncomfortable handing out cash, they can buy a number of Billy Chips and hand them out to people to be traded in for a hot or cold drink, at a minimum, but many shops will include food as well.

That sounds like a great idea.

It does - and trials have been successful! Seven Greggs stores so far have used the Billy Chip, with Billy’s family planning to expand further in 2023.

The chips can be bought for £2. This money goes to the Billy Charity initially, which then pays £1 back to the shops to cover the cost of the items given.

What a beautiful way to commemorate a family member.

Find out more and how to get involved.

This article aligns with the UN SDG No Poverty.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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