The two Bishop’s wives in the Diocese of Durham are this week (April 28-May 2) spending just £1 a day each on food as part of the Anglican church’s support for a global campaign to highlight poverty. Rosemary Butler, wife of the Bishop of Durham the Right Revd Paul Butler, and Elisabeth Bryant, who is married to Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Revd Mark Bryant, have joined up for the sponsored initiative to raise money for Unicef. Other Bishops’ wives elsewhere in the country are also taking part. Thousands of people around the world are taking the Live Below the Line challenge, an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organisation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action against extreme poverty. Live Below the Line challenges thousands of individuals across the world to live on £1 a day for five days, to deepen understanding of the challenges faced by individuals living in extreme poverty, and to raise funds for anti-poverty initiatives. Rosemary said: “We are doing this to highlight extreme poverty across the world. There are 1.2 billion people living on this kind of budget each day and we want to highlight that while also raising money for Unicef. “The message is that we should not take things for granted. We have too much choice and we need to learn to live more simply. By us eating too much, others are going without.” Elisabeth, a supporter of the Gateshead Foodbank, said: “I found it much more challenging than I thought, going through the supermarket and knowing that I could only spend £5 for the whole week’s food. That was hard. There were a lot of choices that I had to turn down. “One of the things I noticed when I was doing the shopping and looking at my diet was that it is very hard, particularly the thought that some people need to go through this seventy times a year and worry about how they can feed their family week after week. “The idea of the campaign is that if enough people do enough, we can reduce extreme poverty. If everyone does something small we can make a big difference.” To that end, the Live Below the Line organisers have teamed up a range of charities in the country whose work is vital in both making sure we fight extreme poverty through our actions and also that we support people to lift themselves out of extreme poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries. In 2014, Live Below the Line is running in the UK, the USA and Canada simultaneously, with thousands of people spending five days living below the line in order to raise money for our partner organisations. Across the world, thousands of people will join the movement to tackle extreme poverty. * If you wish to help Rosemary and Elisabeth achieve their fundraising goal go to https://www.livebelowtheline.com/team/the-bishops-wives-team to find out more and support them.