Martin Lewis makes series of 'random' donations to charities

Martin Lewis and partner Lara Lewington pictured in 2022. (Getty)
Martin Lewis and partner Lara Lewington pictured in 2022. (Getty)

Martin Lewis has made a series of donations to randomly selected charities.

Lewis, the founder of and a constant champion for consumer rights in the middle of a cost of living crisis, announced on Monday evening that he had donated £2,000 in total to charities.

Earlier in the day, he had promised on Twitter to make the donations as he approached two million followers.

He asked his followers to tweet him their chosen charities then he picked four.

Three of the charities were selected from random tweets, while the fourth was chosen by the person who became his two millionth follower.

Lewis tweeted: "Wow I'm nearing 2m followers. So to say thank you and promote small charities, I'll again donate - £500 to charity picked by my 2,000,000th follower - £500 to charity of randomly picked existing follower who replies".

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He later announced which charities had been chosen.

Twitter user 'Doug the Prop', who became Lewis's two millionth follower, chose the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation, founded by former Scottish rugby player Doddle Weir, who suffers from motor neuron disease (MND). The charity has the goal of creating a world free from MND through research and support for sufferers.

As suggested by Twitter user Ivan Hollingsworth, Lewis donated £500 to the Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), which supports children and families who receive treatment at the unit based at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Sign at Air Ambulance charity helicopter emergency ambulance base, Semington, Wiltshire, England, UK. (Photo by: Geography Photos/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Martin Lewis has donated £500 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. (Getty Images) (Geography Photos via Getty Images)

Mr Hollingsworth tweeted to Lewis: "Already following and would love if you picked @CHUFOfficial as they support the Children’s Heart Unit that saved our son Seb."

Another £500 donation went to Wiltshire Air Ambulance, as suggested by follower Teresa Harris.

The fourth charity, suggested by Twitter user David Quigg, was Coffee4Craig, which supports homeless people in Manchester.

It began in 2013 and is named after Craig White, the brother of one of its founders, who died of a heroin overdose while homeless in Cardiff.

Martin Lewis with his CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to broadcasting and consumer rights following an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. Picture date: Tuesday July 12, 2022.
Martin Lewis with his CBE at Windsor Castle in July. (PA) (PA)

On Monday evening, Lewis confirmed he had made the donations.

He tweeted: "Just for the record, I've now made the payments to all four charities."

Lewis has campaigned for consumer rights for two decades, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours list in January.

He has spent most of the past year advising Britons on how to manage their rising energy bills.

In a blog post earlier this year, Lewis revealed he has given £20m to charity.