Our story

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 give to them. 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 those who need it, living rough on our streets.

The common perception is that ‘’if I give money to a homeless person, it will be used for drugs or alcohol”. People often feel a desire to help but since Covid -19 there is a drive toward a cashless society, and it is increasingly likely people don’t carry cash to hand for someone in need. This is where the BillyChip really works, it breaks down 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.

BillyChip Community
Interest Company

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.

Number: 12947335

BillyChip Foundation

The BillyChip Foundation is a UK-registered Charity. Our mission is to financially support charities that share Billy’s passion to improve the lives and well-being of homeless people.

Number: 1188779

We also support other like-minded charities

The unique way in which the scheme operates allows us to financially support other homeless organisations. Buying a BillyChip goes beyond just a free hot drink for our rough sleepers, it provides choice, hope and a sense of community.

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Billy’s legacy continues to surprise us all, from Professor Green asking to perform in our garden at Billy’s memorial service, to being invited on to the BBC red sofa. We have travelled the country spreading the message of the BillyChip and how generosity is contagious.

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Our Wonderful Partners

We owe a huge thanks to all the amazing staff and companies who have supported our mission and helped us turn Billy's idea into reality.

Balloon Letting Co are an independent lettings and management company in Westbury-on-Trym who put emphasis on tenant care and strive to be a positive force in the Bristol market. ‘We love Billy Chip and everything they stand for. While meeting Megan at the Bristol Life Awards we were drawn to their story and feel there’s a synergy between our goals. They are a wonderful family with a wonderful vision and we feel privileged to be able to support their mission.’

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Honest values and passion to do the right thing is everything they represent and we are so proud to be supported by Sakina and the team at the wonderful Somerset Toiletry Company. We feel like part of the family and certainly couldn’t have come so far without such incredible love and support for Billy’s vision to support the Community.

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We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Arthur David who have supported us from the very start with so many things. Most importantly they distribute our BillyChips far and wide across the land keeping us a low carbon and sustainable.

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The team at SOS design have been awesome in helping us improve almost everything we do! Keeping us connected, communicating and integrating Billy’s dream into a modern social enterprise with a bright future!

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We’re delighted to be supporting the BillyChip team with PR and media work, to help raise awareness of the brand in Bristol, the UK and beyond!

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