Marcus Rashford has received an honorary degree for his charity work and campaigning to end child poverty.
The Manchester United footballer was given the honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester at Old Trafford today.
Aged just 23, he is the youngest recipient of an honorary doctorate from the university.
The award announcement was originally made last July, but the ceremony was delayed until now because of Covid-19.
Rashford said it felt ‘bittersweet’ collecting his honorary degree the day after the Universal Credit uplift was retracted.
He 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.”
Rashford waged a high-profile campaign last year to persuade the Government to provide free meals to vulnerable youngsters in England throughout the school holidays during the pandemic, forcing prime minister Boris Johnson into a U-turn.
He has also backed several child food poverty incentives and became the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List by raising £20 million in donations from supermarkets for groups tackling the issue.