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England and Manchester United star Marcus Rashford gives special gift to young Barrow fan

England and Manchester United star Marcus Rashford leaves young Barrow fan, 8, stunned after sending Playstation 5 and handwritten letter to thank him for Christmas Foodbank campaign as Three Lions hero tweets: ‘Kindness is power’

  • A young Barrow fan has been left stunned by a gift from Marcus Rashford 
  • Joshua, 8, helped donate Christmas hampers to his local foodbank last year 
  • England star Rashford, 23, has sent a PS5 and a letter of thanks to Joshua
  • Rashford tweeted: ‘Kindness is power’ after learning of Joshua’s surprise 
  • The Man United star has helped donate over 21m meals to hungry children 

A young Barrow supporter has been left gobsmacked after receiving a PlayStation 5 from England star Marcus Rashford as a surprise gift for his Christmas Foodbank campaign. 

Joshua Hewson, 8, was completely blown away after a special delivery including the brand new console, a copy of PES 2021 and a handwritten letter was sent from the Manchester United star this week.

Rashford sent the generous gift to thank the young fan for his incredible Barrow United’ campaign last December in which Joshua worked with Barrow AFC Community Trust to help collect donations equating to 50 Christmas hampers for the local foodbank.

Joshua was inspired to take action by the Three Lions hero, who has made great strides in helping vulnerable children throughout the pandemic, an effort that saw him awarded an MBE last October. 

‘I just want to say a massive thank you to Marcus Rashford,’ the delighted youngster told Barrow’s official website.

Joshua Hewson, 8, was blown away after Marcus Rashford sent a special gift to thank the young Barrow fan for his contributions to a foodbank over Christmas

‘I am so happy I am just lost for words! It’s an amazing gesture and I couldn’t believe it when I found out – I am over the moon.

‘Me and my family will all be watching on Saturday and cheering extra loud for Marcus and the boys against the Ukraine.’

Rashford, who is with Gareth Southgate’s squad preparing for their huge quarter final match against Andriy Shevchenko’s side in Rome this weekend, took time to thank Joshua for his contribution on Twitter.

Rashford, 23, has vociferously campaigned to help feed hungry children during Covid

Rashford, 23, has vociferously campaigned to help feed hungry children during Covid

The England star and his fans have helped donate over 21m meals since the first lockdown

The England star and his fans have helped donate over 21m meals since the first lockdown 

Rashford thanked Joshua, who helped donate 50 Christmas hampers to his local foodbank

Rashford thanked Joshua, who helped donate 50 Christmas hampers to his local foodbank

‘Good lad Joshua. Nothing less than he deserves. Kindness is power,’ he wrote alongside a love heart emoji.

Craig Rutherford, of Barrow’s Community Trust, added: ‘We have all been completely blown away by Joshua’s maturity and empathy towards people who may be in need.

‘We’re really happy to have helped him bring his idea to life and we all agree he’s a credit to his parents and his school.’

In April, it was announced that Rashford and the food redistribution charity he has teamed up with have funded more than 21million meals since the first lockdown.  

Rashford is currently with the England squad preparing for their Euro 2020 clash with Ukraine

Rashford is currently with the England squad preparing for their Euro 2020 clash with Ukraine

Rashford, 23, partnered with the charity FareShare around the start of the first lockdown, concerned that school closures could lead to millions of pupils going hungry. 

He forced a Government U-turn on free school meal vouchers over the summer holidays, and his petition urging the Government to go further in tackling child hunger hit 100,000 signatures just 10 hours after it was launched.

Donations from Rashford and his fans have since funded the distribution of food equivalent to more than 21 million meals, with two-thirds going to children and families.

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