Manchester United and England striker, Marcus Rashford is set to become the youngest recipient of an honorary degree from The University of Manchester for summer charity campaign against child poverty.
The 22-year-old footballer raised over £20 million ($25m) to aid vulnerable people and children during the Coronavirus lockdown and in June was widely praised for writing an emotional letter to the UK government sharing how he survived starvation as a youth while urging the government to continue the policy of allowing children benefit from free school meals.
An Open Letter to all MPs in Parliament…#maketheUturn
Please retweet and tag your local MPs pic.twitter.com/GXuUxFJdcv
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 14, 2020
The University of Manchester have now decided to honour Rashford with an honorary doctorate for his work in the community, making him the youngest recipient of the award.
Reacting to the honour, Rashford wrote ;
“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.”
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) July 15, 2020
Other recipients in the past include United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton.