Marcus Rashford arrived at Windsor Castle today with his mother to receive his MBE for leading the fight against child poverty.
The 24-year-old England and Manchester United star appeared in high spirits when he was photographed with his mother Melanie Maynard before the ceremony to be presented by Prince William.
The footballer is being recognized for his campaign last summer to ensure that no child in need went hungry, forcing the government to take a 180-degree turn by providing free school meal vouchers for 1.3 million children during the summer holidays. summer.
Rashford launched his campaign after Parliament rejected proposals to provide free meals to vulnerable children.
His petition urging politicians to go further in the fight against child hunger reached 100,000 signatures just 10 hours after its launch and resulted in the government finally changing its policy.
Marcus Rashford arrived at Windsor Castle with his mother Melanie Maynard before the ceremony to be hosted by Prince William.
The footballer is being recognized for his campaign last summer to ensure that no child in need goes hungry. In the photo: Rashford during the match between Manchester United and Atalanta BC at Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo, Italy on November 2
The athlete later told BBC Newsnight that he “couldn’t be more proud to call me British” after his campaign to provide free meals to children this Christmas sparked a lot of support across the country.
He said: ‘Growing up we didn’t have much, but we always had the safety net of the community. That community was my family.
When we stumbled, they caught us with open arms. Even at its lowest point, having felt the devastating effects of the pandemic, local businesses have embraced their communities today, trapping vulnerable children as they fell.
“I couldn’t be more proud to call myself British tonight. I am really overwhelmed by the huge amount of support.
“If you want to talk about ‘celebrities’ and ‘superstars’, look no further than my Twitter account and that’s exactly what you’ll find.”
After being awarded an MBE on the Queen’s birthday honors list last year, Rashford paid tribute to her mother and told the public to ‘pat themselves on the back’ for ‘surviving’ the year of the 2020 pandemic.
He told The Guardian: ‘She is everything. Every positive characteristic you see in me is her. If I could describe her in three words, she would be strong, protective, undefeated.
“I was worried about kids like me if schools closed as part of the national shutdown.
“Without the breakfast club and free school meals, I had very little. What would my mother and I have done?
He also said he was ‘incredibly honored and humbled’ to accept an MBE at the age of 22.
The footballer said: ‘I feel incredibly honored and humbled. As a young black man from Wythenshawe, I never thought I would be accepting an MBE, let alone an MBE at the age of 22.
“This is a very special moment for me and my family, but particularly for my mother, who is the true recipient of the honor.
“The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over.
The Duke of Cambridge also appointed actress Dame Sheila Hancock as a lady commander for her services to drama and charity.
The actress has been a part of British cultural life since the 1960s with roles on stage, screen and television.
Rugby player Alun Wyn Jones is named OBE by the Duke of Cambridge during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The Welsh captain and Ospreys star has been recognized for his services to Rugby Union Football in Wales
‘It would be an injustice to my community and the families I have met and spoken with if I do not take this opportunity to respectfully urge the Prime Minister, who recommended me for this honor, to support our children during the middle of October. term with an extension of the voucher plan, as the leave plan comes to an end and we are faced with rising unemployment.
‘Another sticky cast, but one that will give the parents of millions of children in the UK one less thing to worry about.
Let us stand together to say that no child in the UK should go to bed hungry. As I have said many times before, no matter your feeling or opinion, not having access to food is never the child’s fault. ‘
The footballer, who was also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his efforts to combat child poverty, also partnered with food redistribution charity FareShare at the beginning of the first shutdown.
The charity takes food that cannot be sold in stores, for example due to packaging errors, and delivers it to thousands of organizations across the UK, such as homeless shelters, school breakfast clubs, shelters for the homeless. domestic violence and food banks.
This year, Rashford also announced that it would be partnering with Michelin-star chef Tom Kerridge to provide basic recipe ideas and culinary tips for low-income families to help fight food poverty.
Today, the Duke of Cambridge, who is hosting his first investiture since the pandemic began, also appointed actress Dame Sheila Hancock as commander of theater and charity services.
Actress Dame Sheila Hancock after receiving her Damehood for services to drama and charity
MP Angela Eagle is appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire by the Duke of Cambridge
It has been a part of British cultural life since the 1960s with roles on stage, screen and television.
Dame Sheila, who was married to actor John Thaw before his death in 2002, began her career on stage and was successful in the West End and on Broadway.
His career flourished with comedy performances on the BBC, with roles in sitcoms such as The Rag Trade, Mr Digby Darling and Now, Take My Wife, and in recent years he has appeared in films such as The Boy In The Striped Pajamas.
Rugby star Alun Wyn Jones will also become an OBE for his services to Rugby Union football in Wales.
After being awarded for his services on the Queen’s Birthday Honor Roll last year, Jones said: ‘It is a great honor to receive such an award.
‘It is a recognition for all those who have supported me from grassroots and intermediate football, to professional and international rugby.
“It is for my family, for those who are gone and for those who are still here and totally behind me and for all their support in what I have done and what I want to continue doing.”