The BillyChip Foundation registered charity 1188779 was set up in 2018 to continue the legacy of Billy Abernethy-Hope a twenty year old ambulance driver from Bristol who was the inspiration and idea behind the BillyChip.
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 on a regular basis but Billy was surprised at how small the percentage of these donations were given directly to homeless people, living rough on our streets.
The common perception of people is that ‘if I give some money directly to a homeless person, it will will used for alcohol, cigarettes and at worst – drugs’. People can also feel awkward engaging with a homeless person, even when offering a donation of food or a drink. This is where the BillyChip really works, it breaks down these barriers, allowing people to engage and offer some help to a homeless person. This small act of kindness not only helps the person in need, but also helps to build better communities within our towns and cities.
We are a registered non-profit social enterprise set up to deliver Billy’s idea of a simple, safe and secure platform to allow the general public to support the homeless with kindness, compassion and a free hot drink.
The BillyChip Foundation is an English Registered Charity number 1188779. Our mission is to financially support charities who share Billy’s passion to improve the lives and wellbeing of homeless people.
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Billys legacy continues to surprise us all, from Professor Green asking to performing in our garden at `Billys memorial service to being invited on to the BBC red sofa. We have traveled the country spreading the message of the BillyChip and how generosity is contagious, please drop us a like and a follow to keep in touch with what we are up too