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.

David S. Devenney

My pocket money story

I loved pocket money day... which was always a Saturday morning when the family made the weekly trip to ‘Safeways’. I would always buy two comics, the ‘Whizzer and Chips’ and the ‘Beezer’ and some sweets, which were usually either Toffos, Sherbert Fountains or Tooty Frooties. Our pocket money was 50p, but there was one day my sister and I thought we’d hit the jackpot when our mum gave us a £5 note and told us to go to the local newsagents to buy some milk and a sweet for ourselves. We thought that meant we could spend whatever change was left and bought enough penny sweets to fill a wheelbarrow. You can imagine our mum’s face when we returned after nearly an hour of meticulous sweet-choosing!

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