My name is Lea Beven, the founder of the Pay It Forward UK project.
The idea of ‘Pay It Forward’ is that you can pay in advance for someone else’s meal / hot drink so that someone who is in need – whether they are down on their luck, lost their purse, out of work or even homeless then they can access a meal, ad drink and some comfort for a while. Anyone can use this website to search for their nearest participating venue! Any cafe’s / takeaway places can register with us by completing the form in the main menu.
No-one should be without the basics of food, shelter and warmth.
This was me in early 2013:
A single mum, I was struggling to find the money to feed my son in the 9 weeks between the end of my maternity pay, and my new job starting. Because I had been self employed and lost my paperwork, I was not able to claim Income Support easily. I had to use the food bank and could not really afford the electric to cook …..
…anyone can pay it forward:
I had many hard times bringing up my 4 children but am doing ok now, so when I am in my local chip shop on a Friday, we always pay for one extra meal and write a sticky note for the wall. Then someone who is in need can get a hot meal and a cup of tea.
You can watch this video of my inspiration here – Mason Wartman in Philadelphia.