SEVERAL Solihull residents gave up their favourite foods to live on just £1 a day.
As part of Live Below the Line from May 7-11, the Wort family, of Cambridge Avenue, and marketing consultant Maggie Throup lived below the poverty line to raise awareness of the 1.4 billion people globally living on just £1 a day.
Mum Jo Wort, her husband Matt and sons Daniel, aged five, and William, aged two, lived on porridge, pasta and cucumber sandwiches.
“At the beginning of the week, Daniel threatened to leave home,” said Jo, aged 37. “We were all counting down the days, it was harder than I thought but I’m really glad we did it. It made me think about what we eat on a daily basis - how much we waste and how much we snack.”
The Worts raised £140 for Christian Aid. To donate visit www.livebelowtheline.com/me/mattandjo.
Maggie, from Shirley, said the first meal she tucked into after the challenge was an English breakfast accompanied by fruit and nuts.
“It was a long week,” said the 55-year-old. “Because I was on such a tight budget, I had to weigh everything out and stick to porridge and cheap vegetables like carrots and swede.
“I was so relieved on Saturday morning when I could go back to eating what I normally eat, but there are billions of people across the world who can’t do that.”
Maggie has raised over £90 in aid of charity Malaria No More UK. To donate, visit www.livebelowtheline.com/me/maggiethroup.