Deacon Barry pledges to Live Below the Line to raise funds for the world’s poor

Deacon Barry Mellish is embarking on a diet with a difference to raise funds that will help address extreme poverty and inequality.

For five days, Barry will be able to eat absolutely anything he wants as part of a fundraising challenge led by Live Below the Line – but there’s a catch.

“The brilliant part is that I can eat absolutely any type of food – steak, caviar, lobster, truffles,” explains Barry. “You name it, I can eat it. I can also drink the finest wines, champagnes. There is only one restriction – my budget for each day is just £1.”

Around 1.2 billion people live on less than £1 a day. That’s not just for food and drink, but for everything – from education and health to housing and travel.

The Live Below the Line campaign does not attempt to replicate this, but by choosing to eat and drink on just £1 a day for 5 days, those who take part in the challenge will shine a light on those people who live below the extreme poverty line. Barry and others will gain a small insight into the choices and challenges faced when restricted by income.

Funds raised through the challenge are distributed to more than 30 charities, including ActionAid, Save the Children, Unicef, Malaria No More UK and The Salvation Army

Barry’s challenge runs from 27 April–1 May. If you would like to sponsor him, click here.

To find out more about Live Below the Line, or to sign up for the challenge yourself, visit the website.