Family struggling on £171 weekly budget swap lives with millionaires who spend more on AVOCADOS than they do on school shoes
Millionaire vows to change after being humbled by life swap
A hard-up family swapped lives with a millionaire couple who spend more a week on avocados than they do on school shoes
Andy Leamon and disabled wife Kim traded their terraced council house for a week to take up residence in a six-bedroom mansion worth £1.5million.
Filmed as part of Channel 5’s Rich House, Poor House, Andy and Kim saw their usual £171 weekly budget increase to the £1,500 spend of wealthy Matt and Moniqe Fiddes.
And the lifestyle change left the Leamons stunned especially when they discovered the Fiddes spent more a week on avocados than they did on school shoes for 10-year-old son Freddie.
The show explains how the family, from Southampton, have struggled on a tight budget since Kim was left unable to walk following a workplace accident, The Sun reports.
While the Fiddes live in a luxury mansion set in 60 acres of land in Royal Wootton Bassett , Wiltshire.
Mr Fiddes earned his fortune by founding one of the world’s largest chains of martial arts schools with more than 600 across the UK and Europe.
The rich couple fork out £192 on their weekly food shop – nearly five times the Leamons’ £40 spend.
When inspecting the receipt, Mr Leamon says, “That’s £16.20 just on avocados.”
To which his wife replies, “Freddie’s school shoes doesn’t cost that much.”
Mr Leamon surprises his wife during the show by hiring a mobility scooter to take his family on a day out to Thorpe Park.
He told the Sun Online: “We hired a mobility scooter and that meant Kim could get out and about with us and we went to Thorpe Park which costs an arm and a leg, but to have Kim there with me was brilliant.
“I got a bit emotional thinking about it because we don’t do much as a family and it was a joy to see my wife smile. She never smiles to be honest because she is always in pain.
“Even though she couldn’t go on any rides, it was wonderful to have her there.”
Mr Leamon reflected on his dream of being a professional footballer before his hopes were crushed by injury having tasted the luxury lifestyle.
While the Fiddes were shocked when they realised the Leamons’ weekly budget would barely stretch to fuelling up their luxury Bentley.
Mr Fiddes had boasted he let £20 notes fly out of his car without bothering to chase them, but the couple were left humbled following the swap.
The mega-rich businessman described Mr Leamon as a ‘superhero’ while his wife broke down when she learned he has to lift his wife out of the bath.