Actor, comedian and writer Matt Lucas will release a special Christmas charity single on November 26th, ‘Merry Christmas, Baked Potato’, with all proceeds going to FareShare.
Written by Matt and produced by Tony-nominated Kevan Frost, ‘Merry Christmas, Baked Potato’ – inspired by his book of the same name – is a surefire festive hit that Matt hopes will raise lots of money for FareShare this Christmas.
Matt says: “Santa Baked Potato’s on his way! I hope my silly song will put a smile on your face. ‘Thank You Baked Potato’ was released in aid of FeedNHS at a time when the supermarket shelves were empty and restaurants and cafes were closed. Now that that situation has been largely remedied, I have the opportunity – with my follow-up single ‘Merry Christmas, Baked Potato’ – to raise some money for another cause. Like so many people I’ve been incredibly inspired by Marcus Rashford’s campaigning for FareShare, so all profits from downloads of the single and streaming revenue will go to the charity. I also hope the song will bring a bit of a bounce in what is sure to be a challenging Christmas. All that I ask for in return is that Marcus Rashford doesn’t score against Arsenal ever again. Thank you.’
FareShare Commercial Director Alyson Walsh said: “FareShare is absolutely thrilled to be the charity partner for the Christmas Baked Potato song. We know how much Matt’s earlier song this year helped FeedNHS. Sadly, as a food charity, we have seen demand for food skyrocket this year and the sales from this song this Christmas will help us keep supporting those in need, all across the UK.”
Earlier this year Matt released a charity single for FeedNHS, ‘Thank You Baked Potato’. The song, originally performed nearly 20 years ago on the BBC panel show ‘Shooting Stars’, was rewritten by Matt to include key messages about how to avoid spreading and catching Covid-19, and urging people to stay at home amid the coronavirus outbreak. The single reached No.1 on the iTunes chart and also hit No.1 on the UK Official Streaming & Download Chart.
FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 18 independent organisations. Together, they take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups. The food they redistribute is nutritious, in-date and good to eat. It reaches charities across the UK, including school breakfast clubs, older people’s lunch clubs, homeless shelters, and community cafes. Every week FareShare provides enough food to create over a million meals for vulnerable people.