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Former Archbishop of Canterbury tastes life on ‘impossible’ £1 a day
07 May 2014 14:51 by Liz Dodd

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has spoken of his experience living on an “impossible” £1 a day as part of a campaign to draw attention to global hunger.

Lord Williams of Oystermouth, who is chairman of charity Christian Aid and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, lived below the poverty line for five days this month in solidarity with the 1.2 billion people who go to bed hungry every night.

“Eating becomes less of a pleasure and more about trying to nourish yourself, which is very difficult on just £1. Getting the ideal five-a-day [fruit and vegetables] is more or less impossible,” he said. “Every moment, I was conscious I could walk away from this, but what about all the people who can’t walk away?”

Speaking ahead of Christian Aid Week later this month, he urged others to take up the Live Below the Line challenge and commit to spending £1 a day on food and drink while raising money for those in need.

Above: Dr Williams living below the line. Photo: Christian Aid