Living Below the Line – Day Five

It’s the final day of my Live Below the Line challenge. Even though my challenge ends at midnight tonight, I will still be accepting donations. If you’d like to contribute, here’s the place to do it:


Living Below the Line – Day Three

Third day of living below the line. Things are starting to get difficult, I’m getting lots of headaches and I’m rapidly losing energy. But it’s all for a good cause; every donation will go directly to charity.

If you can spare even just a little that would be amazing. Even a donation no more than the price of a cup of tea is enough to make a difference to someone’s life.

Please support my efforts by donating here:

Living Below the Line

For the next five days, I’m going to be living below the global poverty line in order to raise money for Practical Action. This means that over these five days, I’m only allowed to spend £5 on everything that I eat and drink.

It’s going to be difficult – it’s very likely that I’m going to go hungry – but at the end of the five days I will be able to stop. I will be able to back to my normal life – and to my normal diet – in a way that billions of people around the globe just can’t afford to do.

Please support me by sharing and liking this video on every social network site that you can think of; I’d really appreciate it. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here:

I’d really appreciate whatever help you’d be willing to give. Thank you.

Fancy Dress Week: Particularly Good Finders

The last costume in my week of fancy dress was definitely my favourite. On the last day I lived out my childhood dream and dressed as a student of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


I have been a die-hard fan of the Harry Potter series since I was a teenager, so much so that my sister’s friends frequently call me in to settle trivia-based arguments, so I put quite a lot of effort into this costume. A while ago I joined Pottermore and took the official Sorting test and was sorted into Hufflepuff.

I was crushed.

I eventually came to terms with the fact that I would never be a Ravenclaw and decided to raise money for charity in true Hufflepuff style. The bulk of the costume was pretty easy to put together. Because I knew there was no way I could afford a proper Hogwarts robe I worked from the movies’ version of the Hogwarts uniform. It’s very similar to most British school uniforms, and while I didn’t get an exact replica I certainly captured the uniform look. I wore a plain white shirt, a black skirt, black pumps and a grey jumper.

The accessories was what really made this outfit, and they were surprisingly easy to find. I found a very close replica of the Hufflepuff tie for under a fiver on Amazon, and I happened to find a Hufflepuff badge lurking in my bedroom – I think it came from a Christmas cracker when I was ten. The scarf was a little more difficult. I actually went to the Harry Potter shop at Kings’ Cross station (and saw Platform 9 and ¾ OMG) but once I had gotten over my initial bout of squealing I was extremely disappointed to find that the shop did not stock Hufflepuff scarves. I skulked away – secure in the knowledge that no-one wanted to be a Hufflepuff – and eventually found one on Amazon for a pretty reasonable price. The best part was my Hogwarts acceptance letter, which my friends gave me for my birthday, and allowed me to pretend that I really was magical.

I really enjoyed wearing this costume. It was perfect: it was comfortable, it was pretty clear who I was supposed to be, and it was sufficiently nerdy, so I felt like I was in on some secret inside joke all day long. The only problem I had – and it really was a minor one – was that it was extremely cold and my paper-thin tights didn’t really keep my legs warm. I solved that problem by buying an emergency pair of long, grey socks, which kept my legs warm and kept the overall look of the costume intact.

I was very happy with this costume. I will be wearing it again – as part of my fundraising plan I said I’d wear the most popular costume in my final exam. I’m very pleased that this one won, as it’s by far the one I feel most comfortable in. I know it’s not an exact replica of the Hogwarts uniforms, but to be honest, I’m just proud that I made something so convincing in such a short amount of time.

Thank you for reading my costume posts; I hope you like them. I’ll be announcing my next fundraising project very shortly, so keep your eyes peeled! If you’d like to donate – and I would be extremely grateful if you did – then you can do so here:

Total so far: £1000 (yay!)
Projected final total: £2850
Amount left to raise: £1850