Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford was presented with his MBE award today.
It was announced in October 2020 that the 24-year-old would receive the award as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Let’s take a look at all you need to know about Marcus Rashford’s award, what an MBE is and more.
What is an MBE?
MBE stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire. It is the third-highest ranking Order of the British Empire award.
The award is generally given to people who have had an extremely positive effect on society in a range of different fields.
Why did Marcus Rashford receive an MBE?
Marcus Rashford received an MBE for services to vulnerable children in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Read: Five facts about Marcus Rashford that every Man United fan should know
He played a significant role in forcing a government U-turn on their plans to scrap free school meals at two separate stages last year.
Rashford also joined with the food charity FareShare to distribute what the charity described as the equivalent of 21 million meals for vulnerable children and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Was Marcus Rashford’s mother in attendance?
Yes, Marcus Rashford did receive his MBE award with his mother Melanie watching on.
Speaking about his mother following the presentation of the award, the United forward said (via Metro): “All the awards I’ve achieved for my charitable work have all gone to her and this one will join them as well.”
“Without her I wouldn’t have the morals that I have because everything I’ve learnt, I’ve learnt from her. She’s the reason I’ve got this so she should have it.”
Is Marcus Rashford a doctor?
As well as his MBE award, Rashford is indeed a doctor.
He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester last month.
He posted a photo on Twitter following the ceremony, which showed Rashford standing next to United legend Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Is Marcus Rashford a Sir?
No, Marcus Rashford is not yet a Sir. But he has done some incredible work and deservedly received plenty of recognition over the last few months and years.
He will be continuing that work. He told Sky Sports: “Hopefully, everything should be in place by the time I retire.”
At that point, we think a knighthood would be fitting.
What have others had to say about Marcus Rashford’s achievements?
Rashford has already received congratulatory messages from his current club Manchester United, England and FIFA.
The Royal Family also composed a tweet to Rashford, writing: “Today footballer Marcus Rashford collected an MBE for services to vulnerable children.”
“Rashford famously fundraised and campaigned for the provision of free school meals in England during holidays and lockdowns, driven by his own childhood experiences.”
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