Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is doing more for the well-being of children in the UK.
After the success of his free school meals campaign, which prompted two U-turns from a government overwhelmed by Rashford’s influence, the England international has gone an extra mile to encourage children to read and benefit from the ‘escapism’ of reading, as per a report via Sky News.
Rashford took inspiration from the fact he struggled to do much reading as a child because a priority for his family was getting food on the table. There are many families in this situation today, and the United star is not forgetting his roots.
“I only started reading at 17, and it completely changed my outlook and mentality,” Rashford said.
“I just wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child, but books were never a thing we could budget for as a family when we needed to put food on the table.
“There were times where escapism of reading could have really helped me. I want this escapism for all children. Not just those that can afford it.
“We know there are over 380,000 children across the UK today that have never owned a book, children that are in vulnerable environments. That has to change.
“My books are, and always will be, for every child, even if I have to deliver them myself. We will reach them.”
For someone who always looks to give something back to society, it’s really disappointing that the Daily Mail has attempted to tarnish Rashford’s name — judging the forward for investing in property for his family’s benefit.
Rashford took to Twitter in response and although we are happy he did, the Daily Mail didn’t deserve an explanation.