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PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 April 2015

Sarah Goddard and her boyfriend Mat Metzner raised money for Farm Africa by living off five pounds for five days

Sarah Goddard and her boyfriend Mat Metzner raised money for Farm Africa by living off five pounds for five days

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Chadwell Heath charity fundraiser Sarah Goddard tells Sebastian Murphy-Bates how she raised cash for Farm Africa by spending just £1 a day on food for five days

“Farm Africa is aiming to raise £20,000 from 200 people with the Live Below the Line challenge.

“The Live Below the Line week is from April 27 until May 1 but we’re already up to £4,000.

“I couldn’t ask a few hundred other people to do it without leading by example.

“So I got my boyfriend to join me living on £5 for five days, hoping to inspire others to do the week.

“I’m quite organised – I love a good spreadsheet, which helped because this took lots of planning.

“It took a full day to plan the shopping – when you have less you have to be much more careful.

“We spent five hours Googling recipes, then had to go shopping in three or four supermarkets.

“It was really eye-opening walking round them – it made me realise how much we have and how different it is when you have so

little.

“Farm Africa works with African families who live on just £1 a day, but that’s not just for food – it’s for everything.

“The experience made me realise how important food is and how little over a billion people in the world are living on.

“Shockingly, we actually had a little left over – and raised £250.

“But we were quite stringent at the start of the week as we didn’t want to risk running out and we were lucky with our 49p potatoes.

“We probably could’ve done it for seven days – but I didn’t fancy suggesting that to my boyfriend.

“The thing I missed most was a cup of coffee – I had one on the Saturday morning after we’d finished and realised what a luxury it was.

“I’d recommend everyone try to “live below the line” for five days – it shifted my entire outlook.

“If you can’t do it for the official week, you can do it any time

before July.

“Team Farm Africa has nearly 100 people signed up and you can join us by visiting farmafrica.org/live-below-the-line/live-below-the-line-1”

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