The Secret Millionaire in prison payouts

A millionaire businessman gave away thousands of pounds of his own money when he visited a young offenders institution in South Staffordshire as part of a TV documentary.

Computer entrepreneur Piers Linney also offered to personally “mentor” one inmate at Brinsford Young Offenders Institution upon release as part of Channel 4 show, The Secret Millionaire.

The London-based businessman swapped the luxuries of his £1million home to learn about schemes at the institution in Featherstone to try and prevent inmates from reoffending.

It is the first time the show has been filmed in an institution.

During the programme, which was aired last night, he decided to donate £25,000 to help develop the Toe by Toe scheme — which teaches inmates to read — into a nationwide prison scheme.

A further £5,000 was given to the Storybook Dads project, which was formed by the institution’s librarian Alan Smith. The scheme allows inmates to record themselves telling bedtime stories, which are then delivered to their children.

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