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Marcus Rashford has won the Pride of Britain award for his tireless campaigning to end child food poverty. The 22-year-old has engage hard for free school meals for disadvantaged children across the country and has never given up, despite rejections from MPs. These efforts have already earned him an MBE and the respect of the nation - and now he's got a Pride of Britain award to add to his trophy cabinet too.

On receiving the award, the Manchester United and England forward said: "Ultimately no kids should miss meals. For me that should be just standard no matter where you come from. If we get that as the new normal then we have made a lot of strides forward. "I attended Pride of Britain last year so I was able to see firsthand just how deserving the recipients of the awards are. "I am extremely humbled but I'd like to think that I am receiving this award on behalf of all of the incredible people who have selflessly stepped up to support their communities during this cov-19.

I have met many of them and I am no more deserving than them."He continued: "Parents who have sacrificed everything to feed their children during this challenging time, people who are volunteering at the FareShare food banks day in and day out, people who are to protect our most vulnerable children every minute of the day. "It is those people who really make me proud to be British and really define us as a United Kingdom.

"So today, I accept this award on behalf of all of those who step up without the need for thanks and accolades. I appreciate every single one of you." Rashford has gained support from numerous local businesses in his campaign to provide free meals for kids, who stepped in when MPs voted down a motion to extend free meals over the school holidays 322 to 261.

If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their kids, you can find the businesses, services and organisations offering free meals over the school holidays near you by entering your postcode into this school meal finder.

This is how people reacted to this post:

Helen Thornton - Your mum Marcus may have had little money whilst bringing you up but she instilled values in you that are priceless , make sure you thank your mum , what she’s achieved won’t have been easy

Karen Gillan - What a great role model shows you come from a poor background and make something of your life, nothing but praise for this lovely young man

Cal Thomas - Omdz it's amazing how many peeps are so happy for Marcus getting an award for Omdz it's amazing how many peeps are so happy for Marcus getting an award for to make sure no child regardless of race colour faith..Bet half these peeps where some of the ones who complained about Diversity on bgt …but hey who cares..Much love n respect to Marcus a fine young black man …doing more than many of we don't care they should get a job brigade…rant ova .
Peace love respect stay safe everyone

Helen Rawlings - Well deserved. He is doing so much for our Community. A recognition well earned . A very caring young man with a heart of gold. His mum did a very good job of raising him and teaching him the values of life . And Sharing it with others . Well done young man.

Sitheravellu Sathasivam - Rashford, a great role model to youths and children as a world class footballer, humanitarian with a kind heart to feed millions of underprivileged kids in England. More rich footballer's must lend a helping hand for youths to have food, education, clothing and shelter with great emphasis given on skill based training for them to be successfully employed.

Ali Leary Coops - Well deserved, looking out for the poorest in society who wouldn't be poor if workers got a pay rise. Nobody should work full time and not be able to afford food.

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