Rich father of two with terminal cancer is horrified to find he “can’t afford” healthy food he thinks is the key to his battle after switching his £ 1300 weekly budget against £ 45 on Rich House, Poor House.
Damien Lee, a wealthy Bournemouth entrepreneur, explains in tonight’s program that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer four in 2016, but his resilience and lifestyle changes have helped him beat cancer three times.
Having relapsed earlier this year, Damien insists that the key to his battle is to eat as healthily as possible.
But he finds it almost impossible to maintain his healthy diet, which he would normally spend £ 600 on, after exchanging budgets with the mother of two, Larissa Wood, of Devon, who spends £ 45 on all of her weekly expenses.
The wealthy cancer survivor says, “If I don’t eat the right food, it will just make my battle more difficult.” “
Damien Lee, a wealthy Bournemouth entrepreneur, appears on Sunday’s Rich House, Poor House on Channel 5 as he trades his budget of £ 1,300 for £ 45 (photo with partner Weronika and sons James, 12 and Josh, 11 )
Damien, who collects the Harley Davidson motorcycle to escape the responsibilities of his busy life, lives with his family, in a magnificent mansion with all the comforts that money can afford.
The father of two runs the successful Mr. Lee’s Noodles business and lives in a beautiful six-bedroom Victorian house on the Bournemouth waterfront. It also has a games room, a living room, a living room and five bathrooms.
But running his business makes it difficult for the entrepreneur to have a good time with his children.
Damien explains in the show that he has always worked hard to support his family, despite battling a deadly disease.
He says illness has helped motivate him more to enjoy life and live it to the full.
Discussing the diagnosis, he reveals: “I was not afraid that it would be like a red cloth for a bull for me. “
Larissa Wood, pictured with son Kobie and daughter Imahny, from Dorset, finds herself with £ 45 per week for food and expenses as a nail technician
Healthy eating habits are at the heart of Damien’s family life, and money is no obstacle for them when it comes to storing the fridge.
But with a budget of £ 45 to feed four people and pay other expenses, Damien is wary of how to maintain his diet and the repercussions it could have on his health.
On the first day, Weronika was stunned by the budget, saying that “£ 45 is enough for a bottle of wine”.
And for his two children, the budget is also a difficult pill to swallow, with Josh, 12, who jokes: “I feel like a peasant, eat bread”, while snacking on a piece of toast for breakfast .
Meanwhile, 11-year-old James adds, “I didn’t know people in the UK were living on such a tight budget. “
The reality arises when the Lee family goes to the store to buy groceries and realizes the real price of their carefully prepared food.
Damien is shocked to see how difficult it is to eat healthy on a budget after having changed his budget with Larissa (photo in front of her Bournemouth mansion)
Weronika, Damien’s partner, is shocked at how difficult it is to find healthy and cheap food, and hopes to find a “cheaper” area in the local store in the small village.
“We’re not going to spend a week,” laughs Damien, James adding, “We can’t live like this. “
Josh says to the camera, “With this budget, you can’t eat healthy because healthy things are more expensive. “
Ultimately, the trip to the store ends up costing the Lees £ 26, more than half their weekly spending budget.
Larissa, pictured with brother Connor and son Kobie, says she finds it hard to afford to cook for her children, and feels like a failure
It made Damien sympathize with Larissa, who works hard for little money, with the father of two children: “If I knew that my children lived on a budget so tight as Larissa, I would do all I could to help them . ”
But the father of two is optimistic that the budget swap will teach his sons that they can; Don’t take their lavish lifestyle and budget for granted.
Meanwhile, busy Larissa, who lives in a rented two-bedroom house, admits that her money problems have made her lose self-confidence and that she feels like a failure.
“Inside, I feel angry, a failure,” she said. “I have children, so I keep them for themselves, but they must see me as a failure,” she adds.
But the mother of two was moved to tears when she met Damien’s friend Colin, who told her about the contractor’s illness.
Damien sympathizes with Larissa, who wants the best for her children and takes care of her family with £ 45 per week (pictured with her family)
“Damien has been living with a disease he has had for a few years,” he reveals, “he has been there before, he is four times surviving right now. “
“Even with that, the guy’s will to live is incredible. “
The mother of two adds: “If I were Damien’s place, I would be very afraid. “
When the two families finally meet after having lived on each other’s budget and in their respective homes for a week, Larissa cries saying that he is “an incredible person”.
Meanwhile, after hearing that Larissa has never been on vacation, Damien throws himself in with the goal of also offering her quality moments of escape with her children.
Rich House, Poor House will be broadcast on Sunday at 9 p.m. on channel 5.