Small change for a sea change

Most of us were lucky enough as children to be given pocket money. What was pocket money for you as a child is small change now. It can help us give our children experiences and support that will create a sea change in their childhood.

Cameron McNeish

My pocket money story

I was brought up in Glasgow and although I had a very happy childhood money was always tight. However, my parents began giving me pocket money when I was about 12 years of age. I think it was half a crown, or two and six which relates to 12.5p in todays currency. Doesn't sound a lot but it was enough to buy me some comics - DC's about Batman, Superman, etc and pay my bus fares to various parts of the city. I don't recall ever feeling short of money but even when I reached the age of 19 and was working as a young Police Officer, whenever I visited my old grandmother she would always slip a half crown into my hand before I went home.

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