Heiress moves in with Leicester family on Universal Credit

A rich Essex heiress swapped her pampered lifestyle to experience life with a Leicester family living on just under £200 a month.

Rendall Coleby took part in Channel 5’s Rich Kids Go Skint, which follows wealthy heirs and heiresses experiencing life without their fortunes for the first time.

The 19-year-old moved in with a struggling family-of-four, the Eden family.

The social influencer travelled to Leicester to spend time with Tony, 33, his wife, Diana, 28, and their two children Izzy, 13, and Tiago, 4.

The family lives off about £197-a-week from Universal Credit, after they were made homeless when their move from London to the Midlands ended in tragedy when the family member they were living with was evicted, reports EssexLIve.

Tony explained that they were given just one hour by bailiffs to move out all their possessions, before changing the locks.

He was then forced to sell his car in order for the family to survive. This meant that he could not continue to work as a delivery driver.

By contrast, Rendall has her very own pad, built for her at the end of her family home when she was 15-years-old.

The 19-year-old lives with her husband in the bungalow which is filled with thousand of pounds worth of designer gear.

The Eden family struggling to survive on benefits welcomed the Essex heiress – and a film crew – into their home.

Rendall told the Eden family: “Before everything that’s happened, my life revolved around money.

“Normal day things I would not have appreciated, things like having breakfast together, which I now really treasure.

“Money means nothing when you have family.”

In the show, Rendall was sent to do a food shop for the family, where she revealed that she didn’t know what a parsnip looked like.

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The family and Rendall formed a close bond. She even bought the family a karaoke machine as a parting gift, after she discovered the children love music.

Rendall took to Instagram to express her feelings towards the Eden family, stating that they “related” in many ways.

The social media influencer also admitted that the show was “hard to watch”.

“The Edens made it such a lovely experience for me and I can’t thank them enough for welcoming me into their home. I was so anxious putting myself out there. Me and the Eden family still speak.

“I struggled with the cameras and was often lost for words, but I was myself and me and the family got along so well I feel so lucky that they opened the door to me that day!

“Hard to watch but glad I done it.

“My reasoning of going on there was to show that true happiness can only be found in things that money can’t buy, family, love, health… If you work hard, become successful and have money and you enjoy “luxury” things, that’s great and I enjoy them myself.

“The family was so lovely and appreciated family time more than anything too and we related so much in ways”.

Speaking on Rich Kids Go Skint, Rendall said of her Essex home: “I needed more space for my clothes, bags and shoes and stuff.”

Her family own Colebys Jewellers based in Billericay, where Rendall’s fortune came from.

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The wealthy heiress’ parents gifted her with a £30,000 Mercedes for her 17th birthday, £3,000 Chanel handbags and £1,000 shoes.

Despite all of her wealth and possessions, the Essex social media star said her most prized possession was her mum Claire, who sadly died from cancer earlier this year.

At the time, Rendall says she ‘refused to believe’ there was no treatment available, and it made her realise money can’t buy you health and happiness.

Since appearing on Rich Kids Go Skint, Rendall has married her partner and also gave birth to a baby boy on December 4.

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