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Woman lives on £1 a day for charity

10:49 29 April 2014

Hannah Dixon was inspired to take up the challenge after volunteering in India

Hannah Dixon was inspired to take up the challenge after volunteering in India

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A Romford woman has set herself the tough challenge of living for nearly a week on just £1 a day in a bid to raise awareness and cash for an international anti-poverty initiative.

Hannah Dixon, 26, is allowed to spend just £5 on food over five days as part of the Live Below The Line challenge, which the freelance copywriter began on Monday.

Ms Dixon, of Gorseway, Rush Green, said she was inspired to embark on the trying task – which generously allows participants to drink as much tap water as they wish - after volunteering with sustainable development charity Raleigh International in Tamil Nadu, on the southern tip of India.

Through her endeavour, she hopes to raise around £200 for the organisation and has to date raised £90.

“1.2 billion people live on £1 a day, every day – not just for food and drink but for everything,” she said.

“Live Below the Line is a simple but powerful way to help end extreme poverty.

“Last year alone the campaign raised almost £1million in the UK for development charities and has gone a long way to help break the cycle of poverty.”

Ahead of the challenge, Ms Dixon said she planned to survive on porridge oats, rice, cabbage and other cheap staples, and spoke kindly of the market trader who allowed her to mix and match her pound-a-bowl vegetables.

“I am feeling elated about the fantastic deal I managed to attract today and am excited to try out making a South Indian style Cabbage Gobi, likely my favourite dish I had in India,” she added.

More than 25,000 people worldwide have to date completed the Live Below The Line challenge, with around £5.5million raised.

Charity Raleigh International sets out to empower young people and communities to deliver grassroots sustainable development. Programmes focus on access to safe water and protecting vulnerable environments.

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