Footballer Marcus Rashford: from local legend to national treasure

Marcus Rashford scored the winner in Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Paris St-German on Tuesday, just days after receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Rashford also started England’s comeback win against Belgium in the Nation’s League on September 11, sending a powerful penalty kick past the Belgian goalkeeper to equalise.

His England goal came just two days after the striker received an MBE for his work campaigning to end child hunger in the UK.

Taking to Twitter on October 9, the 22-year-old said: “I’m incredibly honoured and humbled.

“As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE.”

During the summer, he campaigned against the Government’s decision to end free school meal vouchers, forcing the Government to pull a U-turn and allow the scheme to continue.

On Thursday October 15, he launched a petition calling on Parliament to take action to end child hunger, which quickly reached over 300,000 signatures.

This led the Labour Party to put forward an opposition day motion on Wednesday to provide meals to school children over the October half-term break.

This was defeated by a Conservative majority of 61.

Speaking about the motion on Wednesday, Rashford said: “Child food poverty has the potential to become the greatest pandemic the country has ever faced.

“This is not politics, this is humanity.”

Rashford shows no sign of stopping his campaign, spending Friday retweeting pledges by various cafes and restaurants and organisations to provide meals to vulnerable children.

This included a tweet from Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who promised to provide 1,000 food vouchers across the city-region to young people.

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