Hagley woman to live below the line for charity

Jessica Crees

Jessica Crees

First published in Local

A HAGLEY woman will spend this week surviving on £1 a day to raise vital funds for an anti-poverty initiative.

Jessica Crees will not only limit the amount she spends on food until Friday (May 30), but she will only use seven litres of water a day for all cooking, drinking, and hygiene needs to raise awareness about the lack of access to clean water that 10 percent of the world’s population suffer from.

The 25-year-old is taking part in Live Below the Line in aid of for sustainable development charity, Raleigh International.

She chose the charity after volunteering for them in Tanzania and experiencing first-hand "the positive impact their work is doing".

Miss Crees said: “Live Below the Line is a simple but powerful way to help end extreme poverty; last year alone the campaign raised almost £1 million in the UK for development charities and has gone a long way to help break the cycle of poverty.

"1.2 billion people live on £1 a day, every day – not just for food and drink but for everything. The average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water a day but people living in rural communities in poorer countries live on a considerably smaller amount.

"By taking up these challenges I hope to inspire and motivate people within my community, raising awareness and hopefully making a positive change in the world.”

To help Miss Crees reach her £200 target, visit www.livebelowtheline.com/me/jessicacrees.

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