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.

Stuart Dexter

My pocket money story

I remember occasionally getting pocket money on a weekly basis but not often. I started part-time work at the age of 13 so was pretty self sufficient as a tennager - one of my great thrills was getting the train from Dagenham to Camden to spend a months money on records and clothes! When I was a young child my Dad ran a betting shop and sometimes, when we'd visit, the punters would press a 50p coin in my hand, after which I'd scurry off to the newsagents next door to buy sweets and comics. I did try and buy 100 Bazooka Joe bubblegums once but the shopkeeper, quite rightly, stopped me. Somehow he assumed my Dad wouldn't be too chuffed with this bulk purchases of confectionery! That's all I can remember spending money on, sweets, comics and trips to the swimming pool. That was until music took over my life of course....

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