Manchester United Striker, Marcos Rashford has been given an honorary doctorate by the University of Manchester, which makes him the youngest doctor ever. He was given this award after his campaign to help needy children.
The 22-year-old will join the great Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton in receiving the honorary doctorate, the highest honor the university can bestow.
He said: “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.”
During the lockdown, Rashford teamed up with the poverty and food waste charity, FareShare. The collaboration has led to £20 million raised in financial and food donations enabling 3.9 million meals to be distributed to the country’s most vulnerable every week during the Global COVID-19 pandemic.
He pushed the campaign forward even further by writing a heartfelt open letter to the UK Government. He followed up this message with a high-profile publicity and social media campaign drawing on his own personal experiences of using foodbanks and afterschool clubs growing up.
Now, despite the return of Premier League football, the striker says he will continue to campaign for those most vulnerable across the UK.
President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: “Marcus is an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent and drive that stretches well beyond the football field.
“His work for charity and his high-profile campaign will not only help countless young people across our own city but across the entire country.
“Our university has social responsibility at its core and this sense of civic pride and duty is something we are proud to share with Marcus. That is why the University is delighted to make Marcus our youngest ever recipient of an honorary degree.”
He wrote an open letter to all MPs in the U.K empire in his twitter post
Rashford also shows his appreciation on twitter after he called "Doctor Rashford".
A message from me to you ♥️ pic.twitter.com/GZzajvUw5l— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) July 14, 2020
Well deserved Honorary Doctorate Award from the University of Manchester.— Balogun Eleniyan???❤️ (@Balokym1) July 15, 2020
May I introduce to you the youngest Dr. Marcus Rashford.
We should be proud he's Black ❤️ pic.twitter.com/80vMxJEN2S