Barnstaple man takes on £1 food challenge

13:53 01 May 2014

Neil Basil from Barnstaple has been trying to live on what he can eat for just £1 a day, to raise awareness of those living below the poverty line.

Neil Basil from Barnstaple has been trying to live on what he can eat for just £1 a day, to raise awareness of those living below the poverty line.

Archant

Neil Basil is living on just £1 a day this week as he joins a global initiative to highlight the plight of those in poverty.

A Barnstaple man is living on a food and drink budget of just £1 a day this week, as part of a global campaign to raise awareness and funds to bring about an end to extreme poverty.

Neil Basil, 62, has taken on the five day challenge to experience exactly what it means to live ‘below the poverty line’.

Across the world, 1.2 billion people currently have just £1 to feed themselves and their families every day.

The Live Below the Line challenge is supported by celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and is taking from Monday to Friday around the world, promoted by the Global Poverty Project.

Neil’s daughter Heather also did the challenge earlier this month and challenged her dad to take part. He will be raising money for Oxfam and the campaign is also supported by more than 30 international development charities.

“Realising food is heavily subsidised in this country, and that many do not have the luxury of shopping in cheap supermarkets, I am going to limit my spending to 60p a day - £3 for food for five days.

“A survival diet, but it needed thinking out – and it’ll be pretty boring.

“I wanted to try and make a difference and thought that I would raise funds for Oxfam, as it seems to me to be the most effective charity in helping tackle extreme poverty.”

The money raised will go towards Oxfam’s work lifting people out of poverty, from supporting food banks for struggling families in the UK, to helping people grow rice on swamps in Liberia.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Neil can CLICK HERE.

* See the Gazette next week to find out how Neil got on with his challenge.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

07:00
Bishops Tawton’s The Three Pigeons pub could become a family home under proposals submitted to North Devon Council. Picture: Andy Keeble

‘Ugly’ extensions at Bishops Tawton pub could be demolished as part of new proposal for grade II listed building.

Read more
17 minutes ago
Kevin Carlyle’s festive lights display in Springfield Road, Bickington. Picture: Submitted

Festive display pulls in the crowds – and donations for air ambulance.

Read more
10:25
Scouts from Bratton Fleming, Chivenor and Pilton are awarded Chief Scout silver and gold awards by district commissioner Neil Cornfield. Picture: Submitted

Chief Scout awards presented at South Molton ceremony.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:55

Council says it will have 14 per cent less money in 2015-16 following the Government’s financial settlement announcement.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Subscriptions
Reader travel
Advertise
Photo Orders
Competitions
Facebook
Twitter
North Devon Football League
North Devon Gazette E-edition

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition
North Devon�s trusted business finder