Marcus Rashford awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to vulnerable children during the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE Manchester United and England forward was instrumental in a Government u-turn after school meals were suspended over the summer period.
He has now been awarded the prestigious title for his high-profile campaign which secured meal vouchers for children ‘living in poverty’.
For services to vulnerable children during the COVID-19 pandemic, we proudly present to you:
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 9, 2020
The government had initially announced plans to suspend the £15-a-week vouchers while schools were closed over the summer.
As Rashford’s campaign mounted more and more pressure, Downing Street was forced to launch a new £120m fund for 1.3 million pupils in England.
PM Boris Johnson reportedly contacted Rashford himself to thank him for his efforts.
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— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 9, 2020
In a tweet, the footballer said: “I’m incredibly honoured and humbled. As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind at the age of 22.
“This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly my mum who is the real deserving recipient of the honour.
The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over. I would be doing my communuity, and the families I have met and spoken with, an injustice if I didn’t use this opportunity to respectfully urge the Prime Minister, who recommended me for this honour, to support our children during the October half term with an extension of the voucher scheme, as the furlough scheme comes to an end and we face increased unemployment.
“Another sticking plaster, but one that will give the parents of millions of children in the UK just one less thing to worry about.
“Let’s stand together in saying that no children in the UK should be going to bed hungry. As I have said many times before, no matter your feeling or opinion, not having access to food is NEVER the child’s fault.”
Rashford is committed to eradicate child food poverty, and has put together a task force of the UK’s largest supermarkets and food brands to help the most vulnerable.
In a letter to MPs, he said that “food poverty is contributing to social unrest”, and added that parents are “raising respectful, eloquent young men and women, who, in reality, are part of a system that will not allow them the opportunity to win and succeed”.
Rashford said that when you add “school closures, redundancies and furloughs into the equation…we have an issue that could negatively impact generations to come. It all starts with stability around access to food”.
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