Manchester United forward received an MBE for his efforts to ensure children across the country do not go hungry
Manchester United Star Marcus Rashford signed 2020 with a message of hope to fans and subscribers, urging them to keep working hard for each other in the year to come.
The past 12 months have been extremely difficult for many around the world due to a global coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 1.7 million lives and left economies devastated.
While many of Britain’s poorest suffer the most, Rashford has used his platform to seek help from those who need it most.
Even before the pandemic hit, Rashford was working with companies to deliver food packages to those in need, but he went further in 2020 – ultimately forcing the government to change policy after initially refusing to offer free school meals to children during the holidays.
Rashford has continued to campaign, and was awarded for his services with an MBE.
He continued to push for an end to child food poverty, while also establishing a book club so children could have the opportunity to read.
Football is extremely tribal, but Rashford has won the support of fans at clubs across the country – even those with a fierce rivalry with Manchester United.
He embodied a spirit of solidarity and wants this theme to continue until 2021.
Write about Twitter, Rashford said: “I have a game tomorrow so I have to sign here, but before I go I wanted to think about what has been the most difficult year.
“I was very proud to see people coming together to help those in need and this same compassion must continue until 2021 because it is people like you who make this country great and there is still a lot of work to do.
“We have shown the difference we can make when we come together.
“Don’t look back on this year thinking you haven’t accomplished anything. You have accomplished it all. You survived 2020. Your strength has been tested and you have passed. Give yourself a pat on the back.
The lack of supporters in the stadiums has been one of the defining images of 2020, although professional football provided an escape for people during a time of suffering. Rashford wants to see spectators return to the pitch to share moments with players – like the hat-trick he scored against RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
“I hope that in 2021 I can celebrate again in the crowd with you,” he continued. “I really miss it; I can’t believe that neither of you were with me for the Leipzig hat-trick, but I hope there will be a lot more.
“Everything I have accomplished this year has been our success; I couldn’t have done it without your support.
“Let’s aim and hope for a level playing field for all in 2021.
“I love you all. Be careful and happy new year. “