Manchester United and England international Marcus Rashford has been widely praised for the great work he has done in helping the most vulnerable children across the UK during lockdown.
The 22 year-old announced in April that he would be teaming up with British charity FareShare, the largest organisation fighting hunger and food waste across the UK. He aimed to provide meals to children who were missing out on their free school meals because of the closure of all schools.
Rashford told BBC News that growing up, he relied on the breakfast club and free school meals in his school, as his mother often worked late. This was therefore the inspiration behind his desire to get involved with the charity.
Rashford and Fareshare’s original target was to raise £100,000 to feed 400,000 children per week, but after the overwhelmingly positive response to the campaign, this was increased to the goal of supplying three million meals per week to vulnerable people by the end of June.
He took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that this target has also been reached, with the help of the generosity of people across Britain. He also confirmed that he would be doubling his personal donation to the charity, after donations surpassed £20 million.
Recognition for his stellar work came in May, with the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester giving him the Special Recognition Award in honour of his “outstanding activity and contribution to the community” in all that he has done for impoverished children across the UK.
This is on top of a number of other projects in which Rashford has contributed to in order to help children during lockdown. On Friday he held a virtual PE class on CBBC whilst he also took lessons in sign language in order to judge a poetry competition for deaf children.
He also vows to continue his excellent work in providing meals to children, stating on Twitter that he won’t stop until, “no child in the UK has to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”