A well-deserved honour.
Marcus Rashford is set to become the youngest person to ever receive an honorary doctorate, after it is announced he will receive an honorary degree from the University of Manchester.
The fan-favourite footballer, who plays for Manchester United, made headlines during the pandemic after calling on the government in an open letter to retain school meals for children – helping to feed vulnerable families as the schools remain closed. The call-out was successful, and resulted in the government making a rare and dramatic U-turn on the matter. Rashford has also teamed up with food charity FareShare, helping to raise vital funds (£20m, to be precise) to feed families in need when the country went into lockdown.
The award is set to be formally presented to him later this summer, and has been gifted to him in recognition of his “remarkable campaign against child poverty off the field and outstanding sporting achievements on the pitch.”
Rashford said of the award: “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.”
Rashford will join Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, who have also previously been awarded the honour.