Baked Potato Song
Bad times. But you may have seen Matt Lucas' "Baked Potato Song" on social media this week.
He's released a reworked version of the song today, with all proceeds going to FeedNHS.
The song, originally performed by Matt on 'Shooting Stars', has been rewritten to include key messages about how to avoid spreading and catching Covid-19, urging people to stay at home amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Matt says: "The Baked Potato Song was something I sung on 'Shooting Stars' 20 years ago and in an idle moment on Tuesday night I rewrote the lyrics and updated them. Baked Potato is always giving good advice and the new advice in the new version of the song is about washing your hands, staying indoors and only going to grocery stores. I urge everyone to go out and buy the single this week and raise vital money for the FeedNHS campaign."
FeedNHS is an initiative set up by food chain LEON alongside Matt, actor Damien Lewis and his actress wife Helen McCroy to raise £1 million and get 6,000 meals a day into London hospitals for critical care staff. The campaign will then hopefully roll out across the nation to feed the NHS, with the aim that everyone will get one hot meal a day.
The initiative is in partnership with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and UCLH Healthcare NHS Trust. It is a not for profit movement to deliver food to our heroic workers and already Wasabi, Tortilla, Peach Pubs, Rosa Thai, Hop, Pizza Pilgrims, Franco Manca, Farmer J, Tossed, Haché, Abokado, Dishoom and Nusa Kitchen have joined.
Some of our heroes are already working 20 hour shifts and these hours will only get longer as the crisis worsens. With cafes and eateries all shut there is a real need to get healthy hot food to the hospitals.
A JustGiving page for FeedNHS has been set up and you can donate here
We'll give the song some plays too. Enjoy.
And wash your hands ;)