Lewis Hamilton donates whopping £262k to help fight against bushfires in Australia

Lewis Hamilton has donated more than £260,000 to support fire and animal rescue services working in the Australian bushfire crisis.

The Formiula One champions is concerned about the fires’ devastating effect on wildlife and the continuing impact of climate change.

Hamilton has made a huge donation towards helping in Australia following the bushfires

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Huge parts of south-east Australia have been ravaged by fires with 27 people killed and more than 2,000 homes destroyed.

The 35-year-old Mercedes driver wrote on Instagram: “It saddens me deeply to know that over 1 billion animals in Australia died a painful death, no way out, not their fault.

“My love of animals is no secret and I can’t help but grieve for the defenceless animals thought to have died so far, pushing certain species closer to extinction.

“I’m lucky enough to visit Australia often and I know first-hand how beautiful the country is. Keep fighting Australia. I’ve spent some time speaking to people in Australia who are working at the heart of this and I’m filled with admiration for everything they are doing.