Manchester United international footballer Marcus Rashford MBE has been awarded an honorary degree from The University of Manchester today. He received the award in an event held at Old Trafford today 7th October 2021. The award announcement was made in 2020 July but due to the pandemic in-person gathering and celebrations were banned hence the event hasn’t been able to take place until today.
The beautiful award is for his charity work he does and his public campaign against children living under abject poverty as well as his sport achievements in his career. The award is the highest honor the University can award, and Marcus at his 23 years old receives the honorary degree being the youngest recipient. In the history of Manchester United he is the youngest recipient of the award. He joins the the group of the Manchester legends Sir Alex Fergusson and Sir Bobby Charlton who was honored by the club. Sir Alex Fergusson was present in this event where Rashford was awarded to see the international football star receive his award.
The award was presented by The University of Manchester’s President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy. In his address, Rashford said “To be here in the presence of a great such as Sir Alex, and those who have played a huge role in my journey to be where I am today is special. “I’m here to receive my Honorary Doctorate for my work around child poverty. Yesterday, millions of families across the UK lost a lifeline and a means of staying afloat. A move that could see child poverty rise to 1 in 3 children. For that reason, today is bittersweet. “It’s time that representatives got out into communities like mine. It’s time they saw first-hand the true measure of struggle. COVID-19 can no longer be used as an excuse.”
While presenting the award, Professor Dame said “Marcus is an exceptional young man who continues to demonstrate a sense of community and generosity that goes well beyond his years. “Our University also has social responsibility at its core, and we are extremely proud to share these values with Marcus. It really is an honour to finally present him with this well-deserved award on behalf of our institution. “His ongoing charity work and high-profile campaigns not only help millions of people across the country, but inspire many more to try and make a difference themselves. Long may it continue.”
Marcus Rashford receives this award as he does his charity work of supporting children living under poverty. His public campaign he does online and even go out to assist the children in the community. Marcus shares a photo session with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Fergusson and he captioned it “The greatest ♥️ So special to share this moment with Sir Alex and Sir Bobby who unfortunately couldn’t be with us yesterday”.