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The Manchester United striker was given the honour by Prince William

Marcus Rashford dedicates MBE to his mother as he collects honour from Prince William at Windsor Castle

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The football star picks up his MBE from Prince William, who is hosting his first investiture ceremony since the COVID pandemic began.

Rashford, 24, got the honour for services to vulnerable children after a high-profile campaign to force the government to change policy over free school meal vouchers during lockdown.

It meant many children were able to get the meals during the holidays.

He dedicated the MBE to his mother as he vowed to continue his campaigning, adding that his motivation was to give youngsters the things he did not have when growing up.

 

Footballer Marcus Rashford after receiving his MBE for services to Vulnerable Children in the UK during COVID-19

Rashford received an MBE for services to vulnerable children in the UK during the pandemic

Speaking after a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony, the striker said he would be giving his MBE to mum Melanie Rashford, who he took along to the ceremony.

He said: “It seems like there’s a lot going on but for me to put it in the simplest way – I’m trying to give children the things I didn’t have when I was kid. If I did have, I would have been much better off and had many more options in my life.

Rashford with his mother at Windsor Castle

Rashford took his mother along to the Windsor Castle ceremony

 

“I’m just giving them the opportunity and I think they deserve the opportunity, what child doesn’t. For me it’s a punishment for them not to be getting things like meals or supplies of books.

“And if we can all come together to make these small changes – they are small changes but they become big changes once you see the rewards of it – I see a generation that’s coming after me as a very special generation. They just need a bit of guidance and pointing in the right direction and what I’m doing is giving them that.”

The footballer is continuing to campaign on child food poverty issues and has formed a taskforce that includes major supermarkets and food brands.

Footballer Marcus Rashford is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Duke of Cambridge during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle. Picture date: Tuesday November 9, 2021.
Prince William was hosting his first investiture since the COVID pandemic started

Rashford also this year became the youngest person to top The Sunday Times Giving List by raising £20m in donations for his campaigning.

Prince William was hosting his first investiture since the COVID pandemic started, with actress Dame Sheila Hancock among others being honoured.

Dame Sheila, who was married to actor John Thaw before his death in 2002, started in the theatre, before finding acclaim in the West End and New York’s Broadway.

William tweeted on Tuesday: “Pleased to be back doing investitures in person, celebrating people across the UK who have gone above and beyond for their country and community. W.”

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