Manchester United’s player Marcus Rashford received and MBE Award from Prince William for his heroic free school meals campaign. He was accompanied by his proud mom and other family members including his siblings, who cheered in support to the youngster.
Ahead of the ceremony which was hosted by the Duke of Cambridge, the happy 24-year-old, three lions and red devils forward was pictured with his mum, Melanie, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth was seen few days cruising a green jaguar.
He was also seen was seen smiling as he thanked the prince, who appeared to chat away as he fixed the honour to his coat. After the award reception, Rashford disclosed that he would be giving his MBE to his mum, who raised him and his four brothers and sisters.
Rashford received his MBE last year (October 2020), for his campaign to support vulnerable children during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was recognized on the 9th of November, 2021, for his campaign which helped feed 1.3million of Britain’s poorest kids over the summer holidays.
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Marcus Rashford’s free school meals campaign, helped make the Government to change its policy over free school-meals vouchers during the lockdown and making the young striker, a national hero.
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He said his motivation was to give the nation’s youngsters the things he did not have when growing up and stressed every child deserves an “opportunity”.
Speaking after today’s investiture ceremony, Marcus said: “It seems like there’s a lot going on but for me to put it in the simplest way – I’m trying to give children the things I didn’t have when I was kid.
“If I did have, I would have been much better off and had many more options in my life.” “For me it’s a punishment for them not to be getting things like meals or supplies of books.”