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Millionaire On 'Rich House, Poor House' Breaks Channel 5's Rules With Kind Gesture

Mark McGowan

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Millionaire On 'Rich House, Poor House' Breaks Channel 5's Rules With Kind Gesture

When it comes to rule-breaking, there are certain circumstances where it can be deemed okay.

Matt Fiddes, a millionaire who appeared on Channel 5's Rich House, Poor House broke the station's rules for the show, but he did it was in such a kind way that it surely has to be excused.

A typical episode of the show sees someone who's wealthy - living in a big house with a big weekly budget - swapping lives for a week with a family who aren't as well off.

Credit: Channel 5

On this episode Fiddes swapped with the Leamon family, who live in a terraced council estate home. Meanwhile they got his six-bedroom mansion and £1,500 ($1,979)-a-week shopping budget.

Kim and Andy Leamon returned to their home with their two young children, Freddie and Olivia, where they were told to go into the back garden.

At this point, they found that Fiddes had left them a gift. It was a top-of-the-range mobility scooter for Kim, who was diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome after a work accident.

Kim uses a wheelchair, but this scooter was something that'd make life much easier for her.

Credit: Channel 5

Alongside the gift was an emotional note for the family. Andy told The Sun: "I was reading this out loud and I was getting choked and emotional.

"Then he wrote that he had broken the Channel 5 rules, and bought Kim this mobility scooter.

"Kim broke down, and then all of us broke down in tears of happiness.

"The cameraman was very clever because he asked us to pull the curtains that looked out to the back garden because 'there was a bit of glare from the window'.

"Then he told me to come outside so I stepped out and I saw this scooter and I called the kids and Kim to come out.

"I still choke up when I talk about it, because it is such a lovely gift."

The husband and wife reportedly live on £171 ($225) a month, saying that it'd take years for them to save up for that model.

The week-long swap was eye-opening for them, especially after they found out Fiddes spends more per year on avacados than they do on school shoes for their son, Freddie.

Despite being worlds apart, the family are still forever grateful to their opposite number for his warm gesture.

The millionaire's likability is something that's been on show as of late, as he appeared on ITV's This Morning to come face-to-face with his childhood bully.

Credit: ITV/This Morning

He says his bully picked on him for two years, from the age of five, but rather than show any anger or animosity towards Anthony, he actually praised him for being brave enough to come on the show.

Appearing on the show to talk to Holly and Phil about how a 'school bully made him a millionaire', Matt said the bullying 'started a fire in him', and he developed an interest in martial arts as a way of coping with the torment, opening a number of martial arts classes up and down the country.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 5

Topics: UK Entertainment, Channel 5

Mark McGowan
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