Romford woman completes £1-a-day food challenge - and has leftovers

19:00 07 May 2014

Hannah Dixon is doing the Live Below The Line challenge, which involves feeding oneself for five days on only £5 (Picture: Ellie Hoskins)

Hannah Dixon is doing the Live Below The Line challenge, which involves feeding oneself for five days on only £5 (Picture: Ellie Hoskins)


A Romford woman spent last week eating for just a pound a day – and had food left over at the end.

(Picture: Ellie Hoskins)(Picture: Ellie Hoskins)

Hannah Dixon, 26, from Rush Green, lived on a diet of “beige” food comprising mostly oats, rice and bread for five days from Monday to Friday in a bid to raise money for sustainable development charity Raleigh International.

The Live Below The Line challenge, which has been taken by some 25,000 people worldwide, asks brave participants to survive for nearly a week on just £5, which most use to stock up on bland basics beforehand.

“I think it’s a really good, tangible way to understand that people live like this,” said Ms Dixon, who was inspired to undertake the ordeal after volunteering in India’s Tamil Nadu region.

“We hear it all the time on the news but we don’t feel it ourselves. It makes you feel the pain that other people go through.”

Homemade bread, cauliflower, potoatoes and onions comprised one meal (Picture: Ellie Hoskins)Homemade bread, cauliflower, potoatoes and onions comprised one meal (Picture: Ellie Hoskins)

When her challenge came to end, Ms Dixon said she felt “really tired”, and sated her hunger with a “delicious” pepperoni pizza. She even had half a bag of oatmeal and half a cabbage left over.

More than £5.5million has been raised as part of the Global Poverty Project initiative, which began in 2009, and Ms Dixon is still fundraising.

You can donate by visiting Hannah’s fundraising page.

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