Lewis Capaldi raises whopping £40k ‘just sitting on the sofa’ during live-stream

He is fast becoming the UK’s national treasure, and now Lewis Capaldi has only gone and raised £40k for charity in just ONE hour.

The rising star, who has already picked-up a handful of BRIT Awards at the tender age of 23, took to social media platform TikTok to live-stream a series of tracks to fans.

Keeping his audience entertained with a glimpse into his life during lockdown, he joked: “Who needs to climb Kilimanjaro when I can sit on my sofa and raise money for charity?”

Lewis’ tongue-in-cheek gag was a nod to the vast number of celebrities who put themselves through a gruelling ordeal to ascend the highest mountain in Africa.

The trials and tribulations are filmed by the BBC for Comic Relief’s cash-a-thon on Red Nose Day. Last year saw Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock take part.

Lewis’ set was to raise cash for the British Red Cross, who are delivering food and medicine to those in need during the Coronavirus outbreak while making sure refugees and people seeking asylum are safe.

Other high-profile names to also host live sessions for the charity include Gordon Ramsay, his CBBC presenter daughter Tilly Ramsay, and Olympian Tom Daley.

The money raised is all being matched by TikTok.

Ahead of his performance, while promoting the event, Lewis joked he might “take my clothes off” to entertain his followers. Needless to say, he didn’t do that.

Director of Media at the British Red Cross, Hannah Wilkinson, said: “We would like to thank Lewis for such a funny and entertaining TikTok live-stream.

“With the support of his amazing fans he managed to raise a fantastic amount of money.

“These funds will help us continue vital work, supporting the most vulnerable people in our society during this incredibly difficult time.”

For more info, click here: British Red Cross.