Marcus Rashford has been awarded the British Order of the Knights MBE for his efforts to secure food for school children.
– I am incredibly honored and humble. As a young black man from Wythenshawe, I never thought I would receive an MBE. And at least not an MBE at the age of 22, the Manchester United striker said in a statement.
– This is a very special moment for me and my family, and especially for my mother, who is really the one who deserves the award, he continues.
Before the summer, Rashford succeeded in persuading the British government to take a political U-turn for its school-food program during the shutdown of the coronavirus.
This ensured that children in need also received food during the summer.
In retrospect, the English national team player has also built up a working group against child poverty, and brought with him some of the UK’s largest food chains on the team.
In September, Rashford received an award from the PFA, the English players’ union, for his efforts.
In connection with receiving the award, Rashford emphasizes that the fight against child poverty is not over.
– The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over. “I would not do everything I could for my community and the families I have met and talked to if I did not take this opportunity to ask the Prime Minister, who recommended me for this award, to support our children through October as well,” Rashford said.