Man aims to live on £1 a day

Phil Barker is living on a pound a day to raise awareness and money for Save the Children Week

Phil Barker is living on a pound a day to raise awareness and money for Save the Children Week

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A man is living on just £1 a day for 10 days as he seeks to raise money and awareness for a charity helping children living in poverty.

Phil Barker, from Kettering, has set himself the challenge to coincide with Save the Children week.

Nearly 1.5 billion people – around 20 per cent of the world’s population – live on the equivalent of less than £1 a day, a level known as the extreme poverty line.

Phil has taken up the challenge to see for himself how tough it is. He is spending a maximum of £1 daily, rather than buying in relative bulk.

The first day of his challenge saw him buy a packet of porridge oats and Tesco Value ginger nut biscuits

Phil said: “The first day it was porridge – it was either that or rice, because that’s what they often send to people in distress.”

And he said the challenge was proving to be more difficult than he had anticipated.

“It’s been tough, but it’s not even close to living below the line,” he said.

“I still have shelter, electricity, heating, transport, a steady income, medicine – it makes you realise how tough some people have it.

“It’s been an experience for me, but at the end of the day it’s about raising money for people who live in absolute poverty.

“Some people did offer to help with food, but there are 1.4 billion people who are living on less than a pound a day and they can’t just get a mate to get them food.”

To sponsor Phil, you can visit www.justgiving.com/phil-barker2.