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Our Charity of the Year

Introducing our Charity of the Year 2021/22…

We asked Bath Building Society colleagues to nominate a charity close to their heart, who they believe do great work in the local community, and would like to see the Society partner with as our Charity of the Year. Our Members voted for a shortlist of three amazing local charities and the overwhelming winner was BillyChip®️. We will be working together to raise awareness in our local community, encouraging more food and drink retailers to accept and sell the BillyChip®️, providing local homeless people with somewhere they can buy a hot drink and receive a warm welcome.


Delivering kindness, compassion and a free hot drink to homeless people.

BillyChip®️ is the legacy of Billy Abernethy-Hope, a young ambulance driver from Saltford, near Bath. Billy was the creator and inspiration behind this social enterprise which puts coffee shops and take-aways at the heart of community support for the homeless. Customers buy a BillyChip for £2 from any participating outlet and give it to a homeless person. That BillyChip can then be redeemed for food and drink of their choice, keeping your donation safe from misuse. All profits go to homeless projects. Sadly Billy never saw the scheme in action due to his untimely death in 2018 aged just 20 years old. Billy’s family made his plan to help homeless people a reality and the scheme is already being adopted in other towns and cities across the UK.

Watch Billy’s sister, Meg Abernethy-Hope, explain more about how the BillyChip is helping our local homeless community:

Find out more on the BillyChip®️ website.

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