Our Story

My name is Lisa, and I am a primary school teacher who is currently on a career break. I’m married to Joe, and we have two wonderful children, Lucy and Louis.

Hunger in the UK isn’t about food.  It’s about a lack of income.

(The Trussel Trust)

During the pandemic, I became increasingly aware of the impact on low-income families, and I felt compelled to make a difference.  That’s when I decided to start a Facebook group, aimed at uplifting people’s spirits and providing crucial support to those in desperate need. I made a heartfelt pledge to donate half of all profits to our two nominated food banks: Loaves and Fishes in East Kilbride and St Bernadette’s in Motherwell.

Work does not provide a guaranteed route out of poverty in the UK.  71% of children growing up in poverty live in a household where at least one person works.

(Child Poverty Action Line)

Additionally, we have also raised funds and purchased the very first book vending machine in Scotland in a place of education! This exciting addition has created a reading culture among the children in St Bernadette’s Primary, who can’t afford the luxury of a brand-new book. This incredible initiative, not only promotes literacy but is also a symbol of inclusivity, breaking down barriers and ensuring that every child, regardless of their circumstances, has the chance to experience the joy of reading.

There were 4.2 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2020/21.  That’s 29 per cent of children, or nine in a classroom of 30.

(Child Poverty Action Line)

All of our fundraising efforts have been recognised in local and national newspapers, as well as by local M.P’s!  I have been put forward for an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons from several Members of Parliament.  I recently had the honour of accepting this award from Dr. Lisa Cameron M.P, on behalf of every person who participates in our competitions and wholeheartedly supports our vision to help those who need it most.

In 2020/21, around one in five people in the UK (20%) were in poverty. 3.9million were children and 1.7 were pensioners.

(Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

I know that none of this would be possible without your support and participation in our competitions.  A heartfelt thanks for being a part of Team 50/50!