Marcus Rashford will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester next month in recognition of his campaign to tackle food poverty.
The Manchester United and England striker will become the youngest ever recipient of an honorary degree from the university, which is the highest honour they can bestow.
The 22-year-old has helped to raise over £20 million (R 420 million) in financial and food donations through a partnership with charity FareShare, which has seen 3.9 million meals distributed every week to the country’s most vulnerable people.
The collaboration led Rashford to lobby the government to extend the food voucher scheme over the summer to ensure deprived schoolchildren do not go hungry, a campaign that prompted Downing Street to reverse its original decision not to fund the scheme through the holidays.
“It’s a proud day for myself and my family,” said Rashford, who has scored 21 goals for United this season.
“When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling. We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot. Thank you to the University of Manchester.”
Rashford will follow Sir Alex Ferguson, the former United manager, and former United player, Sir Bobby Charlton, in receiving such an award.
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