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Marcus Rashford to receive honorary doctorate from University of Manchester

independent: Marcus Rashford is to become the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester for his work campaigning against child poverty.

The 22-year-old Manchester United and England forward will follow in the footsteps of United greats Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton in earning the accolade from the university, which is the highest honour it can bestow.

Last month, he forced a Government U-turn after he wrote an open letter to MPs asking for the reversal of a decision not to award free school meal vouchers to vulnerable children outside term time.

The Wythenshawe-born striker said his family relied on free school meals when he was growing up.

During the coronavirus pandemic, he also teamed up with poverty and food waste charity FareShare to help raise £20 million, which meant 3.9 million meals could be distributed to vulnerable people every week.

Rashford said in a statement: “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 later tweeted: “Very humbled, thank you @OfficialUoM.”

The university’s president and vice-chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said: “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.

“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.”

A Manchester United spokesman said: “Marcus is an exceptional player and an exceptional person. His work with FareShare and his focus on child poverty make him richly deserving of this tremendous honour and everyone at Manchester United is incredibly proud of him.”

Rashford will receive the honorary doctorate later this summer, the university said.

The Football Association tweeted offering “huge congratulations” to Rashford, adding it was “deserved recognition for your remarkable efforts.”

Source: Published by bindependent

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ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
21 days ago

congratulations to rashford

Chidimma queen
Chidimma queen
21 days ago

wow 😮

Sakiru Ridwan Abolaji
Sakiru Ridwan Abolaji
21 days ago

congrats lad

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
21 days ago

that’s beautiful, congratulations

AdeyemI Sunday
AdeyemI Sunday
21 days ago

good initiative 👍

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
21 days ago

Congrats.

AdeyemI Sunday
AdeyemI Sunday
21 days ago

Am impressed!

Chidimma queen
Chidimma queen
21 days ago

Good

Ibeanusi chinonso Samuel
Ibeanusi chinonso Samuel
21 days ago

Congratulations to u

Daniel Simon
Daniel Simon
21 days ago

congrats bro!
proud of you

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
21 days ago

Wow! Nice one Rashford.

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
21 days ago

Kudos boy.

Osazuwa
Osazuwa
21 days ago

Congrats rashford.

Ayomide Adanlawo
Ayomide Adanlawo
21 days ago

Wow. Congrats and well done to Marcus rashford. Nice

Ezema paul
Ezema paul
21 days ago

Congratulations Rashford

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
21 days ago

Congrats Rashford

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
21 days ago

Congratulations Rashford

Obasi victor uma
Obasi victor uma
21 days ago

Interesting update

Lakubbe Eli Hamma
Lakubbe Eli Hamma
21 days ago

Congratulations mercus

Samuel aniedi
Samuel aniedi
21 days ago

Good one

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
21 days ago

Wow big congrats to him

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
21 days ago

Congratulations Marcus

Okafor stella
Okafor stella
21 days ago

Lovely bro congrats

Uka, Adaeze Imaga
Uka, Adaeze Imaga
21 days ago

Congratulations

Okomor Allen
Okomor Allen
21 days ago

Congratulation rashford for your mercurial award

Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
Ayodele Joshua Oluwaseyi
21 days ago

Congratulations to Marcus Rashford.

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
21 days ago

Congrats

Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
Onuoha Happiness Eucharia
21 days ago

Congratulations on your well deserved honour

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
21 days ago

Congrats

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
21 days ago

Congrats rashford

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
21 days ago

Congratulations rashford

Amarachi
Amarachi
21 days ago

Wow congrats to him

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
21 days ago

Congrats Rashford

Owojuyigbe Folakemi
Owojuyigbe Folakemi
21 days ago

Congratulations rashford

Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
21 days ago

What a good hearted player

NwakasiIkenna
NwakasiIkenna
21 days ago

This is a great achievement

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
21 days ago

This is really nice , congratulations to Rashford

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
21 days ago

Congrats Rashford

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
21 days ago

Congratulations man

Edoja Jessica
Edoja Jessica
21 days ago

Wow

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
21 days ago

Congrats man

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
21 days ago

Wow !
Congratulations yo you Marcus

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
21 days ago

Congratulations

ifeanyi lucky ezirim
ifeanyi lucky ezirim
21 days ago

good for him

Felix Okorie
Felix Okorie
21 days ago

Wow! This is great.
Congrats to him

EZINWA Sonia JOHN
EZINWA Sonia JOHN
21 days ago

Congrats

Okpala Izunna Emmanuel
Okpala Izunna Emmanuel
21 days ago

Congrats to rashford

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
21 days ago

That’s a good one

mmuotoo chibuike peter
mmuotoo chibuike peter
21 days ago

Congrate Rash

Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
Jonah Ihotuowoicho Sunday
21 days ago

Congrats Rashford