We all know that hunger and poverty is an issue in developing parts of the world, but how many of us understand the severity of the issue in this country?
One of the Pound a day participants has kindly offered to share their story, from a time when they were fighting to find the money to eat.
“There was a period of my life about 5 years ago when I had no money. I found myself out of work and struggling to find a job. When I got my last pay cheque it all went to cover my rent and bills. It was one of the lowest points in my life, not knowing how I was going to be able to buy food. Sadly it got worse before it got better.
I almost lost all pride when I had to accept a handout of £40 from my friend. I knew my rent and bills were covered for the month so I just needed to figure out how to make this money cover food etc for as long as possible until I got another job. I did something with that money that I now look on as stupid, however, I was desperate. I spent £1 of the money on a lottery ticket. Luckily I won £200! Although I still had to live on a tight budget, this gave me some relief. It just didn’t seem fair for me to be in this situation. I got a 1st in my degree at university and I’ve always worked hard. People seem to assume that if you’re ‘poor’ then it’s your own fault, you must not want to work or waste your money on unnecessary things. I hope that me sharing my story will change people’s perceptions about those who need a little help.
Sadly it appears to be happening all too often these days. I’m lucky that I only had to live like this for a short period of time and only had myself to worry about. I can’t imagine how it would have been to live like that long term or having to worry about caring for children as well. I’m fortunate to have left that part of my life behind me and I’m proud to be taking part in the Pound a day event. I hope I can help raise awareness and money to support others who were in the same situation as me. I try to take positives from the bad situations and having gone through this has made me really appreciate the value of money and given me an even stronger work ethic.”
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This post was written by Solveig Malvik