Martin Lewis' passionate plea to donate cash to help people who are starving due to coronavirus crisis
The MoneySavingExpert founder made the plea while speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier today, March 27.
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Martin suggested donating to either National Emergencies Trust or his new project set up last week to help charities affected by coronavirus.
The financial guru announced he was donating £1million to charities specifically working on UK coronavirus-related poverty relief projects.
But he's calling on wealthy people to cough up cash as well to help others in need.
So far, Martin says the fund has received more than 4,500 applications from charities and £1.1million from rich businessmen.
How to donate to charity during the coronavirus crisis
CHARITIES are in need of cash to help those who've been hit financially during the coronavirus pandemic.
You should only donate if you're in a good financial situation and can afford to do so.
Martin suggests donating to nationwide disaster charity National Emergencies Trust.
You can make a donation online of any amount between £2 and £10,000.
Payments can be made by debit or credit card or PayPal.
Alternatively, you can also send money to the Community Foundation.
If you can afford it, donations between £2 and £10,000 can be made online via a JustGiving page.
You can pay by debit or credit card, bank transfer or PayPal.
You can also choose to donate to food banks – see more information here.
Wealthy people can also choose to donate to Martin's new fund.
More information can be found on the MoneySavingExpert website.
Charity applications closed on March 25.
To top it up to £3million, the MoneySavingExpert founder says he's donating an extra £900,000.
The donations will be made from Martin's personal charity, which is separate to the MSE charity he's a patron of.
Sadly, Martin says he doesn't have the the infrastructure in place to deal with smaller donations.
For smaller donations, he suggests donating to National Emergencies Trust – but only if you can afford to do so.
The National Emergencies Trust is a nationwide disaster tragedy fund that helps charities in times of crisis.
It's independent to the government and comes in addition to any help already pledged by ministers during the coronavirus epidemic.
You can find out more about the National Emergencies Trust's dedicated coronavirus appeal on its website.
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Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Martin said: "People are starving around our country off the back of this.
"If you can help, if you’re not financially struggling, go to the National Emergencies Trust."
Sadly, Martin's fund stopped accepting new charity applications as of March 25.
Successful applicants will each be eligible for grants of between £5,000 and £20,000.
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