Trying to survive on just £1 a day

By Connie Osborne 04/05 Updated: 04/05 08:27

Buy photos » Chris Collins is going to survive on one pound a day to raise awareness of extreme poverty. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1812023MMR

A CRABBS Cross resident is attempting to live off just £1 a day as part of a campaign against extreme poverty.

Not content with simply signing a petition Christopher Collins is instead going to take on the week long challenge by surviving on the UK equivalent of the international extreme poverty line.

From May 7 to 11 Chris will join thousands of other people across the country and around the world taking part in the Live Below the Line campaign. He will be spending just £1 a day on food but unlike 1.4billion people on the planet will not have to worry about also paying for travel, accommodation and health care out of it as well.

The 33-year-old Banners Lane resident said: "For me it is just food and drink that needs to cost £1 or less a day but for many £1 is all they have to live on. This means they miss out on education and basic health care amongst many of the things I take for granted.

"Meat will probably be too expensive so it will be lots of pasta, rice, beans and lentils! I won’t be able to afford to drink tea or coffee which will make it even harder to survive the five days."

The Student Minister added he hopes to not only raise awareness but also money for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) which works to combat poverty by providing training and skills to grow sustainable crops.

"It’s going to be hard but when I think of the awful poverty that means families can barely feed themselves, I feel there is nothing I can do but get involved," he added.

To sponsor Chris visit www.livebelowtheline.com/me/christopherjohncollins or visit www.mrdf.org.uk for more information about the campaign.

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