End of lockdown is in sight! Russell Brand stars in post quarantine campaign

Russell Brand can’t wait to get hot and sweaty with his martial arts comrades once lockdown is lifted.

And, let’s just say, that’s a polite way of putting it. 

The comedian turned mindfulness guru actually revealed he’s looking forward to returning to his Brazilian Jujutsu classes so that he can be reunited with “the sweat and undercarriages of people I do it with right up in my boat”. 

His cheeky positivity comes as he takes part in the #LookingForward campaign, encouraging people to think differently about quarantine and towards a more hopeful direction.

The campaign is the brainchild of The Prince’s Trust, who have teamed up with YouTuber Caspar Lee, on a mission to raise £10,000 for 1,000 young people to get the critical wellbeing support they need during social distancing measures. 

Chatting to camera in the four-minute video promo, vlogger Caspar explains: “I know a lot of young people who are struggling with their mental health right now, and so I want to see if we can create a wave of hope across social media and encourage those that can, to donate to The Prince’s Trust and support their incredible work.”  

A host of famous faces have joined Casper to reveal what they are most excited about once life returns to normal, inviting the public to get involved by posting their own videos on Instagram with the #LookingForward hashtag. Social networkers must also tag five family or friends to help spread the message so that they can continue the ripple effect online.

Alongside Russell, David Hasselhoff also appears in the video, as he says he can’t wait to get back to the beach “where I belong”.

Meanwhile, MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace makes a controversial admission that might divide people as he confessed: “The thing I’m most looking forward to, is going back to work.” 

There’s also a cameo from Stephen Merchant who reveals he can’t wait for a haircut “because I’m starting to look like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo”, while Matt Lucas jokes he can’t wait to “just stay in, relaxing at home for a change”.

Perhaps musician Tom Grennan says it best, when he states what most of us are thinking with: “I can’t wait to get back into the pub for a quick bev.” 

The campaign is also asking for donations to support the work of The Prince’s Trust – a youth charity that focuses on helping vulnerable young people get their lives back on track. 

With many people battling heightened anxiety and feelings of loneliness during lockdown, the charity decided to create a Young People Relief Fund to provide support for those who are unemployed and help those who are missing school and college.

The Prince’s Trust Deputy CEO, Tara Leathers, said: “It’s more important than ever for us to be there for young people. 

“By donating to our Young People Relief Fund, you can help our army of youth support workers and mentors to give the most vulnerable young people the support they need to cope day-to day in these uncertain times. 

“Together, we can keep their confidence, motivation and wellbeing levels up and support them to feel positive about the future.”

For more info, visit The Prince’s Trust.