Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has penned an open letter to the Members of Parliament in which he calls for them to make a U-Turn in response to the news they will not be extending the meal vouchers initiative into the summer.
Marcus used his letter to call back to times in his own childhood wherein his mother would struggle to put food on the table for him and his four siblings.
Rashford believes it would be remiss of him not to use the platform he has been afforded by the sacrifices of his mother to try and make the lives of thousands of other families that little bit easier.
In the letter, Rashford uses plenty of statistics to make his point that child poverty is on the rise in the UK, and the Coronavirus pandemic has worsened that. Now, with the furlough scheme set to come to an end in the near future, things are only likely to worsen again.
On top of all of that, the government’s meal voucher scheme, which helps parents feed their children if their wages just aren’t enough to pay the bills, has been cancelled heading into the summer. Read the full letter from Marcus here:
Since posting the letter this morning, Marcus has received an outpouring of support from fans of clubs near and far with regards to his incredible actions during the pandemic.
He has already helped raise over £20m for charities during the pandemic and played a big part in FareShare’s campaign to distribute over three million meals per week to families in need. For that, he has received a lot of plaudits – but it’s clearly not about that for him, which is why it’s so impressive.
In the last four years, Marcus Rashford has gone from a young lad with loads of potential to a world class footballer, and an even better man. He’s a role model to kids all over the country and is an absolute credit to Manchester United Football Club.
I couldn’t think of anyone I’d rather have pulling on that red jersey each week.