Queen Elizabeth II has honoured Man United’s forward, Marcus Rashford, with a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
The award presented to Rashford as part of the Queen’s birthday honour list for this year, was in recognition of his work in supporting children in UK to receive school meals free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic induced lockdown.
MBE is an honour that Britain presents to its citizens who make positive impact in their line of duty.
In time past, other British footballers such as Alex Scott, Harry Kane, Steven Gerrard, Ian Wright and Fara Williams, have been honoured with MBEs by the British Empire.
It would be recalled that 22-year-old Rashford, in June this year, successfully lobbied the Prime Minister Boris Johnson-led UK Government into a U-turn over its free school meals policy during lockdown, ensuring children in need get meals across the summer.
He moved on to establish a child food poverty taskforce, and is linking up with some of UK’s biggest supermarkets and food brands to support kids with free meals.
Commenting on the MBE in a tweet, Rashford said, “I’m incredibly honoured and humbled. As a young black man from Wythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22. This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly my mum who is the real deserving recipient of the honour.
“The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over. I would be doing my community, and the families I have met and spoken with, an injustice if I didn’t use this opportunity to respectfully urge the Prime Minister, who recommended me for this honour, to support our children during the October half term with an extension of the voucher scheme, as the furlough scheme comes to an end and we face increased unemployment. Another sticking plaster, but one that will give the parents of millions of children in the UK just one less thing to worry about.”
“Let’s stand together in saying that no children in the UK should be going 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.”