Marcus Rashford of Man United has been awarded an MBE for his campaign to support vulnerable children

Spread the love

Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford has been awarded ‘The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ (MBE) for his effort to feed vulnerable children in the United Kingdom.

The 24-year-old England international spent the best of the coronavirus lockdown period (March and June 2020) generating support for children in need of food.

His campaign for the vulnerable children influenced the British government to change its policy over its free school meals vouchers during the lockdown.

Even after that, Marcus Rashford continued with his campaign to keep supporting the vulnerable children by forming a child food poverty task force. The task force went into partnership with some of the biggest supermarkets and food brands in the UK to get food for vulnerable children.

These efforts earned Rashford the prestigious MBE, which is a national award, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service outside the civil service.

See also  Advisory Body of IFAB Supports Concussion substitutions

He has been named MBE for months but the actual investiture ceremony took place on Tuesday, November 9 at Windsor Castle. He received the national award from the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

Marcus Rashford of Man United has been awarded an MBE for his campaign to support vulnerable children
Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and Marcus Rashford during MBE investiture ceremony on Tuesday, November 9.

Marcus Rashford was accompanied to the event by his mother, Melanie, who he described as a “huge inspiration”.

Marcus Rashford and his mother, Melanie.
Marcus Rashford and his mother, Melanie.

After the football star had received the award, he spoke to reporters about his mother and some of the discussions he had with Prince William during the ceremony.

About his mother, Marcus Rashford revealed that his mother is a single parent who raised him and four other children all by herself.

The football star said though life was hard for him and his other siblings, that of her mother was harder. Hence, any award he receives which is related to Charitable gestures, he always keeps the award at his mother’s house.

“Everyone knows my story of growing up, but you have to remember I have two brothers and two sisters all older than me, and she’s a single parent throughout the whole way of that”, Rashford said.

See also  Why David Luiz believes that Arsenal have started showing 'maturity'

“However bad it is for us, it’s 10 times worse for her, so any awards I’ve got for the charitable things I’ve done, they’re all at her house and this one will go there as well.”

On his interaction with Prince William, the Manchester United forward said he and the prince discussed the support the England national team got from the fans after the Euro 2020 which the country lost to Italy on July 11, 2021.

Rashford also revealed that the Prince asked him about his campaign and what else he intends to do.

“We were speaking about football actually”, the football star said. “Just speaking about the Euros and what it was like after, how good it was to see everyone come together and support the team.

See also  Lingard and Rashford of England were pictured partying with controversial rapper Wiley

“Other than the football we were speaking about the campaign, how pleased he is that I started it and what’s next.”

At the end of his interaction with reporters, Marcus Rashford expressed the hope that there would no longer be vulnerable children in the UK to campaign for before he retires from football.

Leave a Reply

1 Comment

  • Onunkwo chiedochie 9 months ago

    Good one for him and his family and ofcourse for the club too, nice gesture and he deserves the award, he is doing well for himself off the pitch but i think it time to bring that performance on the field of play, it time for him to take this moment to play on the pitch because if his bad performance continues for a long time, believe me many fans who arr applauding him now would cristize him of his bad performance forgetting all his done off the pitch, the fans would be happy to see him at his best again

%d bloggers like this: