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.

Denny Ford

My pocket money story

I didn't get pocket money, mum and dad were skint so I had to get a weekend job. No joke. Saturday and Sunday mornings 8-10. Got me a fiver. Started age 11 till I left school. I worked in the pub where my aunt was a cleaner. I helped to clean up. Took out the empties, filled shelves, empty kegs, replaced with new ones (hated this, too heavy!) and counted money from pool table and slot machines.

I can compare this to my kids. To get pocket money, they just stick their hands out !

I loved music, so bought records with the money. Also loved football, the Rangers supporters bus left from the pub - very handy.

In the summer of '87 I went to Germany with a youth group on holiday. Upon return the pub owners changed and I
got sacked. The new guy didn't need help. 5 years service and not even a handshake - welcome to the work of work!

When I then started work on a YTS course I was delighted to actually get a weekend off !

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