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PokerStars has announced that it is partnering with The BillyChip Foundation to help provide care and support to homeless people in the UK.

The charity will receive a grant of £100,000 from PokerStars over a two-year period, which will allow rough sleepers in the UK the chance to purchase basic needs.

BillyChip provides a secure currency for the homeless, which can be used in participating outlets for food and drink. It aims to overcome some of the concerns people may have about giving to those who are homeless and offers choices to the person using the currency.


PokerStars is holding a live charity poker tournament at the UK and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) stop in London, in aid of BillyChip.

The £220 buy-in event takes place on Wednesday, September 20 at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square, and it’s open to anyone who wants to take part, with £50 from each entry free donated to BillyChip.

The Hippodrome Casino is hosting the charity event

Sue Hammett, Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at PokerStars, said: “PokerStars is delighted to be supporting BillyChip for the next two years. The impact this inspiring charity has on people who are homeless will always be Billy’s Legacy and we are proud to be part of their journey. 

“Our work with them will help us achieve Flutter’s goal of improving the lives of 10 million people by 2030.” 

Jon Hope, Co-Founder at BillyChip added: “We are thrilled to partner with PokerStars and work with them to help change people’s lives. It’s amazing that BillyChip has caught the attention of such a large brand, and one which is committed to supporting organisations that give a helping hand to people in a variety of situations – just as we do in our work each and every day.” 


BillyChip is a social enterprise platform which aims to empower rough sleepers. The platform allows people to purchase a BillyChip from participating food and drink outlets which can then be given to rough sleepers and homeless people as an alternative to cash. 

They can then redeem BillyChip for food, drink and other products. 

BillyChip was set up in 2018 to continue the legacy of Billy Abernethy-Hope, a twenty-year-old ambulance driver from Bristol. After helping support the homeless, Billy felt disheartened at how little the general public gave to local homeless people. 

Although many make regular charitable donations, Billy was surprised at the small percentage of donations given directly to people living rough for fear of the money being used for drugs or alcohol. 

BillyChip offers a solution, extending compassion, connection and choice to homeless people in the UK.

The BillyChip Foundation was established as a registered charity by Meg Abernethy-Hope, Billy’s sister, and Jon Hope, Billy’s father. In 2021, Meg was awarded the Diana Award for her charitable work. 

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