Marcus Rashford

Rashford to be honoured with special BBC award for charity efforts

The Manchester United striker has received huge praise this year for his efforts to combat child food poverty in the UK

10:42am on Thursday 26th November 2020
Martin Macdonald

Marcus Rashford is set to be presented with a special award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in December.

The England attacker has taken on the UK government in 2020, encouraging those in power to do more about child food poverty throughout the nation.

That included a campaign to extend free school meals throughout the holiday period in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

His latest crusade sees Rashford encouraging younger children to read more.

The 23-year-old will be honoured. with the Panel Special Award at this year's BBC Sports Personality show on 20 December.

"Marcus' endeavour to give a voice to those who find themselves in a situation that he too is familiar with has been greatly admired and the panel wanted to ensure he was recognised for that," said BBC director of sport Barbara Slater.

"In a year that has been challenging for everyone, but particularly vulnerable families, he has gone above and beyond to transcend his sport and make a real difference.

"This award is a tribute to a remarkable young man."

There is also a possibility that Rashford could be nominated for the main Sports Personality of the Year award, but the BBC have ensured he will be awarded for his efforts off the pitch regardless.

The Man Utd star have previously revealed that he sometimes went without food as a child as his family were forced to make sacrifices at home in order to live.

Thanks to his campaign for school meals to be extended, a reported 1.3 million children in the UK have received food at home that they would otherwise not have had access to.

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