Man Utd ace Marcus Rashford pleads with MPs to end child poverty in emotional letter – Latest News

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He has been working with charity FareShare UK during lockdown and has raised about £20million.

The 22-year-old has been praised throughout the coronavirus pandemic for his work in preventing children from going hungry.

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has written an emotional letter to the Government pleading with them to help end child poverty. The England international has helped raise £20m in the last few weeks

Rashford has been out injured since January

Marcus Rashford is now fit again and raring to go

He wrote: “The Government has taken a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the economy – I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England.

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has written an open letter to the Government pleading for an end to child poverty.

“This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance.

“I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday and guarantee the extension.

The England international says he “will keep fighting until no child in the UK has to worry about where their next meal is coming from”.

The England international announced on social media on Thursday a new target, to raise enough money by the end of June to supply three million meals to vulnerable people, has now been reached.

“Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority.”

He added: “This summer should have been filled with pride once more, parents and children waving their flags.

Rashford previously revealed how his family relied on breakfast clubs and free school meals as a child, and does not want other children to miss out.

“As their stomachs grumble, I wonder if those 200,000 children will ever be proud enough of their country to pull on the England national team shirt one day and sing the National Anthem from the stands. Can we not all agree that no child should be going to bed hungry?”

“But, in reality, Wembley Stadium could be filled more than twice with children who have had to skip meals during lockdown – 200,000 children according to Food Foundation estimates.

Huge companies such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda have contributed donations and logistics support, while individuals have raised over £750,000 to help Rashford’s cause.

He continued: “Whilst the campaign is currently distributing three million meals a week to those most vulnerable across the UK, I recognise it’s just not enough.

And while his achievements have gone way and above the target that he set himself, Rashford insists there is still much more that can be done.

“Food poverty in England is a pandemic that could span generations. Whilst 1.3 million children in England are registered for free school meals, one quarter of these children have not been given any support since the school closures.

Rashford has been out injured since January

Marcus Rashford is now fit again and raring to go

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