Rutland county councillor will live on £1 a day to highlight poverty

Brooks Newmark MP and Rutland county councillor Chris Emmett.
Brooks Newmark MP and Rutland county councillor Chris Emmett.
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A COUNTY councillor will live on £1 a day for five days to highlight the struggle of families who live in poverty.

Coun Chris Emmett (Con), who lives in the windmill at Morcott, is a ward member for Ketton and is taking part in an international event called Live Below the Line.

She is aiming to raise money for Restless Development, which is a charity that encourages young people to lead development in their countries and communities, instead of just waiting for aid to come along.

It enables young people to make responsible choices about their sexual health and livelihoods and give them the skills they need to play an active role in decision making.

Chris was inspired to take part in the challenge by her visits to the third world where she was shocked at the poverty that people lived in. She aims to survive on a diet of porridge during the five days.

She said: “You spend £5 on food at the beginning of the week and have to live on it for the rest of the five days.

“It highlights the number of people who are living on £1 a day or less both here in the UK and abroad. It is going to be very difficult.”

The £5 only covers the cost of food and does not include fuel or electricity allowance.

Chris added: “The fact that it doesn’t cover fuel pushes the point even harder that people are having to survive on very little food and that does not even cover the cost of bills.”

Live Below the Line is a new awareness and fundraising campaign that’s making a huge difference in the fight against extreme poverty.

It allows thousands of people across the world to better understand the daily challenges faced by those trapped in the cycle of extreme poverty, and aims to build a movement of passionate people willing and able to make a meaningful difference for those who need it most.

From May 7 to 11 more than 20,000 people across the world will stake part in the campaign.

Chris said: “Can we really walk away when we know so many people are starving and living in extreme poverty?

“We cannot all get on a plane and go out to help, but we can sponsor others.

“Please dig deep and sponsor me, I love my food so a week on porridge is an effort, but will be worth it.

“I hope more people will join me.”

Chris has already beaten her target of £150 and has raised £328 so far.

She plans to up her target on the website to encourage more people to sponsor her.

To sponsor her or for more information about Live Below the Line visit

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