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Matt wants others to live off £1

Residents are being encouraged to try living off £1 a day as part of a campaign to highlight the issue of poverty.

Matt Cooper, of Hoddesdon, is planning to take up the national challenge in May and is encouraging other members of the public to join him.

The Live Below the Line campaign involves participants attempting to live off £1 a day for one week and has been organised by the Global Poverty Project. It aims to raise money for charity whilst highlighting the issue of extreme poverty around the world.

Matt, 27, said: “I heard about the campaign last year, and it’s grown to a great extent since then.

“It’s about raising awareness as much as raising money. It’s a great way to get a bit of an understanding of how other people live. I’m awful with shopping, I am always buying ready meals, so I think it will be a bit of an eye-opener to try and survive on a pound.

“I think to be honest we don’t appreciate the society we live in enough. Hopefully this will make people pay more attention, when they can get an idea of what it would be like on a day-to-day basis.

“It’s better than just being told it is a good cause, because you can actually see how people live and it’s something more tangible.

“There are a lot of people living in poverty across the world, including in England, and it is important that we don’t just think it’s a third world problem, it’s people on our doorstep too.”


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