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Councillor to live off £1 a day

A councillor will spend a week living on just £1 a day to highlight the issue of poverty.

Bolton councillor Chris Peacock, who represents Westhoughton North and Chew Moor, will attempt a week in May living below the poverty line as part of a campaign organised by the Global Poverty Project.

The charity has organised the Live Below the Line campaign to raise awareness of extreme poverty around the world and raise money at the same time.

The budget of £1 a day is designed to reflect what life is like for 1.4 billion people.

Cllr Peacock said: “Living on just £1 a day for all food and drink isn’t your ordinary charity campaign. I’m so proud to be taking part in the challenge and hope my fellow councillors, and the people of Bolton will join me.

“I’m certainly nervous about it. The hardest thing is going to be working out what I can actually buy to feed myself for three meals a day.

“I’ve spent quite a bit of time wandering around Bolton Market trying to figure out how I’ll do it.

“Things like red meat, fish and a lot of fruit and veg are out of the question. A pint is definitely out of the question. It won’t be easy but that’s the point. It will really hit home what it is like to live on such a small amount of money.”

The campaign raises funds for charities including UNICEF, Salvation Army, RESULTS UK, Restless Development, Malaria No More UK and Christian Aid. More than 10,000 people took part last year.

 

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