A BROKE single mum, who needed to Google how to use a posh cooker, was given £10,000 to launch her own business by a wealthy man she swapped lives with.
Entrepreneur Matt Haycox exchanged houses, jobs and social status with mum-of-two Anna Bardgett for seven days for the Channel 5 programme Rich House Poor House.
During the social experiment, multi-millionaire businessman Matt, 39, was so inspired by the 38-year-old Yorkshire mum’s fighting spirit that he decided to invest in her dream dog walking and grooming business.
With a massive £10,000 investment from Matt, the mum-of-two has now set up Fur Everything, a dog care business, which will launch once the coronavirus lockdown is over.
Leeds-based Matt, who invited Anna to his birthday party in December and meets up with her regularly, said: "As each day went on I got to know more about Anna – through the things in her house and her friends and family.
"I knew I was going to like her when I eventually met her. I knew she would be a lovely, kind and generous person and also I learned how much hardship she has endured.
"She works hard every single day for her kids and anyone close to her. When I met her everything I had come to expect and more was true.
"It felt only natural for me to do something for this person who has always done everything for everybody else."
Before going on the show, Anna worked in a photo shop in Keighley, West Yorkshire and lived in a cramped two bedroom house with her two children, Sarah, 19 and William, four.
Anna said she would 'never have expected anyone to do anything like this for her' and thanked Matt for his 'life-changing' investment.
She said: "How can I describe it, it's like a dream come true. This is something I have wanted to do my whole life.
"It's amazing it still doesn't feel real. My daughter is so proud and she is really made up for me.
"At the moment I work 9 – 5 every weekday so I don't get to see my younger son William at all.
“This gives me more flexibility and it’s also a job he can help me with. It's just perfect."
Matt has an estimated net worth of £50m, and owns a vast business empire, stretching across multiple industries, including finance, hospitality, and health and fitness.
He lives alone in a palatial penthouse apartment in one of the most upmarket parts of the North West, overlooking a beautiful park.
On the show, the weekly budget swap, saw tycoon Matt, who usually eats out most days at expensive restaurants, live on a budget of £67.13 for the week.
Meanwhile, Anna, who normally lives on the breadline, had £1,420 during the show to spend on her and her children every week.
Matt swapped his fleet of supercars – including a yellow Ferrari – for Anna’s Ford Fiesta, while Anna and her kids made use of Matt’s Rolls Royce and chauffeur.
Anna and her family went horse riding, for a meal at a fancy restaurant Matt usually goes to, shopping for designer shoes, had luxury spa treatments, and had to Google how to use Matt’s fancy cooker and TV.
Anna said she plans to sign off all emails from her new company ‘Thanks Fur Everything’.
'Rich House Poor House’ was filmed earlier this year before the coronavirus crisis, and will air on Sunday 19 April, at 9pm on Channel 5.
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