Delivering kindness, compassion
and a free hot drink to homeless people
What is BillyChip®? Give them to rough sleepers and homeless people as an alternative to cash! They can be redeemed in coffee shops and takeaways for food and drink – share a little kindness and compassion whilst also donating towards homeless charities!
The BillyChip is a unique safe and secure platform which allows the public to directly donate to rough sleepers without the fear of their donation being miss used for drugs or alcohol.
The recipient can redeem a BillyChip in coffee shops and takeaways for food and drink. Where they want when they want for what they want!
Invented by Billy Abernethy-Hope a twenty year old ambulance driver from Bristol. Sadly Billy died before the scheme was launched by his family in his memory.
The BillyChip®️ Foundation registered charity 1188779 was set up in 2020 to continue the legacy of Billy Abernethy-Hope a twenty year old ambulance driver from Bristol. He was the inspiration and idea behind the BillyChip Scheme.
After helping support the homeless at Christmas, Billy, felt disheartened at how little support the general public gave to local homeless people. Many people donate to charity but Billy was surprised what a small percentage of donations were given directly to people living rough on our streets.
We can’t do this without the wonderful support of coffee shop and takeaway outlets joining the scheme. We often get lovely feed back from outlets and the homeless about how the scheme has improved communication and relationships between sectors of the community. It’s free to become an outlet and we even pay you for any redeemed chips.
We are a little non-profit social enterprise with really big ideas about changing life on the streets for rough sleepers. We don’t have mega bucks or big corporate sponsors but we have a belief that things can be so much better with a little kindness and compassion. Together we can make the world a better place for everyone in our community and actually it’s pretty easy to do!
How it works
Delivering kindness, compassion and
a free hot drink to homeless people
Become an Outlet
It’s really easy to sign up to be an outlet and start selling BillyChips to benefit your community. It is free to join up and get your starter pack, we pay for any chips redeemed, you help your customers, they then help rough sleepers and together we make the world a better place.
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We are a little team of volunteers trying to make big changes for those who have nothing. The simple gift of giving a BillyChip to a rough sleeper impacts greatly on people’s mental health and wellbeing, just the fact that someone is thinking of them in advance has the ability to change their state of mind – when you have nothing at all even the most simple things we take for granted like a warm cuppa is a game changer. We need all the help we can get to spread the BillyChip scheme across the country.