Fans are leading calls for Manchester United star Marcus Rashford to receive a knighthood after the broadcast of a documentary covering his campaign to end child food poverty.
Rashford was the centre of BBC programme, Feeding Britain’s Children, which aired on Monday night and showed the true breadth of his efforts to twice force the government into a U-turn over their free school meals policy.
Thanks to Rashford’s campaign, approximately 1.7million children across the UK have not had to go hungry while schools have been shut due to coronavirus.
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Rashford and his family relied on a similar scheme for food when he was a child.
“There was times when there wasn’t any food there,” he told the BBC cameras. “You’d just go to sleep.
“It should never be normal for somebody to feel how I felt.
“When you get to the position that I’m in now, I feel like if they’re in need and they don’t have anyone really fighting for them, then I should be the one that does it.”
His Mum Melanie said: “Marcus has provided a home for me and I sit in my room sometimes and I just cry.
“You just sit there, crying on your own, because you’re thinking about where you’ve come from to where you’re at now.
“Sometimes we didn’t even have a loaf of bread in the house. It’s embarrassing to say, but we didn’t.
“But I wouldn’t tell somebody I was struggling either. It was embarrassing. That’s why I had three jobs. I just had to try and work and get money from working.”
The 23-year-old’s work alongside the FareShare charity saw him awarded with an MBE in October, but fans are now demanding the England ace be given a higher honour.
One fan wrote: “All I want for Christmas is @MarcusRashford to get a knighthood.”
Another said: “@MarcusRashford when are u getting your knighthood? The battle against child hunger isn’t over but u deserve the right recognition.”
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