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.

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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.

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