Following his summer charity campaign against child poverty, England international Marcus Rashford will receive an honorary degree from The University of Manchester.
The University of Manchester have decided to present Rashford with an honorary doctorate for his work in the community, which will see him follow in the footsteps of United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton.
The Manchester United forward released a statement announcing the award, which reads: “It’s a proud day for myself and my family. 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.” He concluded
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, the University of Manchester’s president and vice-chancellor, praised Rashford for standing up to affect significant change in the city during a hugely uncertain and challenging time for the public.
“Marcus is an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent and drive that stretches well beyond the football field, his work for charity and his high-profile campaign will not only help countless young people across our own city, but across the entire country.” Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said
“Our university has social responsibility at its core and this sense of civic pride and duty is something we are proud to share with Marcus. That is why the university is delighted to make Marcus our youngest ever recipient of an honorary degree.” She concluded.
Back in June Rashford made headlines when he wrote an emotional letter to the British government detailing his experience of using foodbanks in his youth, expressing his belief that all children who benefit from free school meals during term time should continue to have access to the service over the summer, urging Members of Parliament to update their policy.
Rashford succeeded in changing government legislation, before raising over £20 million ($25m) to aid vulnerable people during the COVID19 crisis after joining forces with FareShare, a major poverty and food waste charity.
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com