Eagley Bank charity worker lives on £1 per day

This Is Lancashire: Heather Walkington tucks into her weekly shop Heather Walkington tucks into her weekly shop

A CHARITY worker from Eagley Bank lived on £1 a day to boost awareness for global poverty.

Heather Walkington, from Oxfam’s Manchester office, took on the Live Below the Line campaign —a fundraising challenge led by the Global Poverty Project.

Miss Walkington, aged 32, lived on a food budget of £1 a- day for five days to experience what it is like for 1.2 billion people around the world living in poverty.

She said: “When I did my £5 shop at the beginning of the week, I was surprised by how much you could buy.

“The quantity of food isn’t the problem, it’s the fact that you can’t afford any fruit or vegetables. It is possible to live off a £1’s worth of food, but it would be so bad for your health in the long-term.

“It has been pretty tough. The thing I have struggled the most with is tea and coffee. All I could think about was having a strong coffee at the end of the week.

“Luckily, I have been doing it with a team so we’ve been able to pull each other through.”

The community fundraising manager took on the challenge ahead of the official start date to inspire other people to do the same. Live Below the Line is supported by celebrities such as Hollywood star Hugh Jackman and will start on April 28.

Miss Walkington added: “Live Below the Line is a unique campaign to help understand a bit better the issues faced by people who live in extreme poverty. It’s not just a five-day experience for them, but often the choice between feeding your family or life-saving healthcare for your loved ones.”

For more information go to: oxfam.org.uk or live belowtheline.com/uk

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10:00am Mon 7 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

Aside from the fact that supermarket veg is expensive, fruit is expensive and will by and large get more expensive due to the number of miles it has on the clock.

With fuel prices rising and only ever going to get more expensive ( I am not seeing any electric HGVs knocking around) we need to readjust our taste buds to seasonal british fruit and preserved british fruit.
Aside from the fact that supermarket veg is expensive, fruit is expensive and will by and large get more expensive due to the number of miles it has on the clock. With fuel prices rising and only ever going to get more expensive ( I am not seeing any electric HGVs knocking around) we need to readjust our taste buds to seasonal british fruit and preserved british fruit. atlas123
  • Score: 4

1:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Only 5 days.

Try doing it for 3 months.
Only 5 days. Try doing it for 3 months. Jim271
  • Score: 7

1:24pm Mon 7 Apr 14

MouseJockey says...

Depending on the point you're trying to make, this could be the best or worst time of year to do this.

Later in the year you can eat your own body weight in free fruit and berries collected from the roadside if you are willing to make the effort.

I find that they are so much better tasting than the cultivated fruit lining the supermarket shelves at the same time.

If you prefer to harvest in private, a number of pound shops in the town are selling fruit bushes for a quid, so perhaps a small investment now can again provide a bounty in the near future. Growing your own can be the most cost effective and healthiest way of providing your five a day if you have the space and time to do it.
Depending on the point you're trying to make, this could be the best or worst time of year to do this. Later in the year you can eat your own body weight in free fruit and berries collected from the roadside if you are willing to make the effort. I find that they are so much better tasting than the cultivated fruit lining the supermarket shelves at the same time. If you prefer to harvest in private, a number of pound shops in the town are selling fruit bushes for a quid, so perhaps a small investment now can again provide a bounty in the near future. Growing your own can be the most cost effective and healthiest way of providing your five a day if you have the space and time to do it. MouseJockey
  • Score: 2

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