“Rich House, Poor House” returns to Channel 5 on Thursday at 9pm to give people, rich and poor alike, the experience of a lifetime.
The show is back featuring Andy Leamon and his disabled wife Kim who traded their terraced council house for a week to live in a £1.5 million six-bedroom mansion.
They swapped lives with a millionaire couple who spends more a week on avocados than they do on school shoes. Andy and Kim saw their typical £171 weekly budget go as high up to the £1,500 spent by affluent Matt and Moniqe Fiddes; filmed as part of Channel 5’s Rich House, Poor House.
The lifestyle switch left the Leamons astonished particularly upon learning the Fiddes spend more a week on avocados than they did on school shoes for 10-year-old son Freddie.
The show reveals how the family from Southampton struggles on a tight budget ever since Kim was left unable to walk following a workplace accident.
It also shows how the Fiddes live in their luxury mansion set in 60 acres of land in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.
Mr. Fiddes is the founder of one of the world’s largest chains of martial arts schools which has more than 600 branches across the UK and Europe.
The wealthy couple spends £192 on their weekly food shop – almost five times the Leamons’ £40 budget. Mr. Leamon, upon inspecting the receipt, said: “That’s £16.20 just on avocados”; adding that: “Freddie’s school shoes doesn’t cost that much.”
A touching part of the show features Mr. Leamon who surprises his wife by hiring a mobility scooter to take his family on a day out to Thorpe Park. “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,” he told The Sun Online.
He reveals he got a bit emotional thinking about the surprise because he recalls they don’t do much as a family and that it was a joy to see his wife smile, adding: “She never smiles to be honest because she is always in pain.” Mr. Leamon said it was wonderful to have her wife at the park, even though she couldn’t go on any rides.
He also reflected on his dream of being a professional footballer, but it was before his dreams were crushed by an injury.
On the other hand, the Fiddes were surprised upon learning that the Leamons’ weekly budget would not even be enough to fuel up their luxury Bentley.
He had bragged about letting £20 notes fly out of his car without even bothering to chase after them, but the couple were humbled by the situation they were able to experience.
The affluent businessman described Mr. Leamon as a ‘superhero’ while his wife could not hold her emotions and started to break down upon learning the poor guy has to lift his wife out of the bath.