Reggie Yates' Comic Relief slum experience

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 March 2011
Reggie Yates

Reggie Yates

Reggie Yates spent the only money he had while spending time in a Kenyan slum for Comic Relief on watching a Manchester United match

DJ Reggie Yates spent his £1.60 budget on watching a football match while living in an African slum.

The Radio 1 disc-spinner spent a week in the Kibera slum in Kenya as part of a charity fundraiser for Comic Relief, but forgot about the hardship he was set to face in his time there and spent his money on watching a Manchester United game.

He said: "When I was in there I forgot all about this. I think it's an escape, really. Everything outside that tin square just didn't exist. It was about what was going on thousands of miles away on a pitch in Manchester."

As part of the 'Famous, Rich and in the Slums' programme Reggie had to clean toilets - some of which are used by 1,000 people a day - and he admits it was the hardest thing he ever had to do.

He added to the Daily Star newspaper: "I knew living in the slums would be hard but I never knew people did things like this to survive.

"I don't think it gets much worse than literally shovelling sh*t to make money so your kids can go to school. I thought I knew what poverty was until I came out to Kenya."

'Eastenders' actress Samantha Womack is also taking part in the charity project, and recently revealed she was surprised when they were left in the slum overnight.

She said: "I have to say, I was sceptical. I thought they weren't really going to leave us, but they did.

"We had exactly what somebody would have if they were coming to Kibera looking for work. And we couldn't quite believe it. We were all pretty terrified."

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