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.

John Ryan

My pocket money story

My first memory of getting pocket money was in the late 1970s when I'd get 50p per week. I'd buy comics with it, football cards (panini stickers are the modern day equivalent) or sweets. My favourite comics were Shoot and Roy of the Rovers probably because I always wanted to be a football player - I still do!!!! As I got into my early teens I started delivering news papers and would save my money to buy things like football boots, team kits and goalie gloves. I remember saving to buy my first race bike and would use my earnings to maintain it and buy stickers for it. I'd always have to earn my pocket money for doing a chore at home like taking my turn to wash up or help my mum by going with her to the shops and carry the shopping home as my mum couldn't drive, with the local co-op was a ten minute walk away. If I did an errand for my aunts and uncles I'd also sometimes get 10 or 20 pence.

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