Mum-of-three to spend a week eating as little as a Syrian refugee for charity

A kind-hearted mother wants to highlight the struggles of refugees.

Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 4:45 am

Amy Asprey will spend a week in June eating the same food rations as a Syrian refugee to raise money for emergency food, healthcare and life-saving support.

During this time, Amy, 34, will continue working full-time and might need extra willpower as she will keep making meals for her children.

The recovery worker, from Hutton Henry, has said she hopes to bring the struggles of refugees home and help people see what they are going through.

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Amy Asprey will be eating the same food rations as a Syrian refugee for a week.

Amy said: “After this week, I’m going to have first-hand experience of how much of a struggle that is.

“I’m hoping to achieve that knowledge of what that must be like for them and allow others to see what that is like.”

She added: “Many people know they are struggling over in these camps, but they don’t understand just how little food they have.”

Each package contains 420 grams of rice, 170 grams of lentils, 85 grams of dried chick peas, a tin of sardines, a tin of kidney beans and 100 grams of plain flour.

The package for the challenge.

Amy has said that when she found how little she will have to survive on during the week, she felt “sheer panic” and was “horrified”.

The mum-of-three said: “I don’t know how these people actually live. It will be a very, very tough week.

"I’m hoping that by working to my usual hours that is going to pass some time.

“It’s going to be more difficult when my children come home from school and I’m making their meals.

“It’s going to take quite a lot of self-control not to pinch anything off their plate,” she laughed and added:

“I’m going to stay strong, I’m not going to give in.”

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However, there might be a few curveballs, as Amy’s kids have vowed to test her.

Amy said: “They say they’re going to be bringing KFC home.

“They’ll tease and they’ll try to test me, but that is our relationship.

“We tease each other, we have fun with each other, so it’s going to be quite a funny week for us as all.

“However, if I end up being ‘hangry’ that might not end up so fun,” she joked.

Amy will be undertaking the challenge between June 13-19. You can donate at www.rationchallenge.org.uk/amy-asprey .

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