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.

Teresa Martin

My pocket money story

Pocket money has a great memory for me. I was a fortunate child whose family was financially secure, but my father always taught me the "value of a buck". I was a girl in Cork, Ireland, and would receive 50 pence a week. They joy it would bring as I would visit the sweet shop and buy a Star Bar or a pack of Malteezers after school, and sharing with friends, was a highlight of my day. Little treats mean a lot to kids and I am always aware of those children who don't always have such adavantages as I had. I want to share, which is why I donated for the Robert Carlyle Birthday Project. Each year, as an American, when I visit the home of my youth, I buy StarBars and share with my niece and nephew telling them of what they meant to me and other kids. It is in the little things that we show love and to the children especially, this love can last forever.

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