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M&S Team Romford’s Christmas single reaches number one in iTunes charts

Staff from M&S stores across the country came together for the video

A Christmas single made by M&S staff from Romford has reached number one on the iTunes charts.

Employees from ten UK stores collaborated with M&S Team Romford to create the fundraising single, ‘Maybe This Christmas Time’, which launched on Monday, 27 November.

This is the third year the team have released a song with all proceeds being donated to Young Minds charity, the UK’s leading mental health charity for young people.

The song, which was written by Visual Merchandiser at M&S Romford, Jack Brooker, hit the top spot within two hours of its initial release at the start of the week.

Colleagues from ten other M&S stores appear in the music video including Lisburn, Llandudno, Skegness, Devizes, Aberdeen, Victoria, Staines, White City, Stratford and Wrexham.

Jack said: “I have had such an amazing time over the last few years. We got some other stores involved in the music video as well this year from Wrexham to White City to Skegness came down and joined us. Really good energy! The video is like a big Christmas dinner of our extended family coming down really – it’s just the other M & S Stores.”

“Coming together with my colleagues from all walks of life, has been a real highlight this year, and is exactly what Christmas is all about – togetherness. I am also thrilled to say that all the money raised through the single will be donated to YoungMinds charity that supports young people and their mental health. This is something very close to my heart having suffered with anxiety and mental health myself.”

Speaking about the music video, Simon Bell, who also works in the store said: “It was a great day of filming and just getting involved. Every member of staff when we came back to the store was on a high really. It was great at boosting morale.

“There’s alot of people talking about it. We do get customers come in – alot of customers we know. They’re great and back us all the way. The odd occasion you do get noticed which is surreal really.”

Peter Crouch gets a shout out in the song. Crouchy became an M&S Food Ambassador in September 2023.

Director of Communications and Campaigns at YoungMinds, Tom Madders said: “Record numbers of young people need support for their mental health, with many facing long waits for help. We want to thank M&S Team Romford and friends for supporting YoungMinds this Christmas and showing young people’s mental health matters.”

Team Romford have built up 93.2k followers and 3.8 million likes on Tik Tok over the last few years.

The song can be downloaded and listened to here.

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