Marcus Rashford awarded MBE by Prince William

Marcus Rashford awarded MBE by Prince William
Footballer was recognised last year for his free school meals campaign

マーカス・ラッシュフォード has collected his MBE in a ceremony at ウィンザー城, in recognition of his successful campaign to secure free meals for vulnerable children during the coronavirus pandemic.

ザ・ マンチェスターユナイテッド and England football star was given his honour by ウィリアム王子 at an investiture on Tuesday, in the first such event to take place in person since the pandemic began.

The prince said he was “pleased to be back doing investitures in person, celebrating people across the UK who have gone above and beyond for their country and community”.

The 24-year-old footballer forced the government into a U-turn last year after ministers had planned not to offer the £15-a-week vouchers given to children on free school meals over the summer holidays.

As pressure mounted and the government feared being engulfed in another crisis, Downing Street was forced into a volte-face and launched a new £120m fund for 1.3 million pupils in England.

The prime minister, ボリス・ジョンソン, called Mr Rashford personally “to thank him for what he’s done”.

Mr Rashford had to wait a year to collect his MBE because of the Covid pandemic

後で, 10月中, the footballer was awarded an MBE. に応じて, Mr Rashford said he was “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.”

彼の母親, Melanie Rashford, was present at Windsor Castle when he was awarded his MBE by the prince.

Since being given the honour last year, the England forward has maintained his campaign for social change by forming a child food-poverty taskforce, which has linked up with some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets and food brands.