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Rich House, Poor House rags-to-riches millionaire saves couple drowning in debt

A rags-to-riches millionaire has helped a couple drowning in debt transform their lives in just 12 months.

Rich House, Poor House Changed My Life takes a look back at what’s happened a year on since couples swapped lives with one another and how they have bettered themselves since.

The latest episode of the Channel 5 series revisited Jamie and Lee Fox, who swapped homes with wealthy couple Jessen and Lorna James back in February 2020.

Mum-of-three Jamie, who lives in Bradford, couldn’t believe her luck when she went from living on a budget of just over £50 a week to a whopping £19,000.

Rags-to-riches millionaire Jessen James was keen to help a struggling couple who were in £20,000 of debt

But despite trying various business ventures, Jamie and Lee had gotten themselves into £20,000 of debt and were at the point where they no longer wanted to open reminder letters.

As the swap came to an end, the couples came together for the first time and Jessen offered to train and mentor Jamie so that she could give one of her business ideas a proper go.

Jamie Fox was struggling to face her debt and struggled to make ends meet in Bradford
Jamie Fox was struggling to face her debt and struggled to make ends meet in Bradford

The self-made millionaire came from a humble background himself and admitted he was bullied as a child for wearing hand-me-downs, so he knew what it felt like to struggle as a child growing up in east London.

Jamie became tearful when Jessen offered her the opportunity, and he wasted no time in getting started by paying for Jamie to attend one of his business training courses near London.

Jamie and Lee fox managed to survive on a budget of just over £50 a week despite having three children
Jamie and Lee fox managed to survive on a budget of just over £50 a week despite having three children

A year later, and Jamie and Lee have transformed their lives after Jessen helped her set up her very own cleaning company.

He also helped them face the problem of their debt and urged them to consolidate it – something they didn’t realise they could do.

“It’s not gone, it will take a long time for it to be gone,” Jamie explained.

Jessen and Lorna have a disposable income of £1,900 a week after paying their bills
Jessen and Lorna have a disposable income of £1,900 a week after paying their bills

“Obviously when the financial situation changes, I pay more money to them, but for now I can breathe, it’s a big weight that’s lifted and gone,” she added.

And Jessen is still very much by her side and helping Jamie take her business to the next level.

“You know what I say to you, baby steps, it’s a marathon it’s not a sprint, but the way you’re heading at the moment, you are destined for success and I’m really proud of what you’ve been doing,” he told her.

Jamie is now working towards growing her own cleaning company and clearing her debt alongside Lee
Jamie is now working towards growing her own cleaning company and clearing her debt alongside Lee

Jamie hopes to expand her business by hiring staff once she has a solid client base and is keen to focus more on the business side of things as opposed to the manual.

“At the end of it I’d like to be debt free and maybe get a mortgage,” she explained, as Jessen admitted he had seen a huge change in her since they first met in February 2020.

Rich House, Poor House Changed My Life airs Sundays at 9pm on Channel 5.



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