Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford features on Vogue’s front cover for September issue alongside British model Adwoa Aboah as ‘The Faces of Hope’ as he describes it as a ‘surreal moment’ in wake of his free school meals campaign
- Marcus Rashford features on the September edition of British Vogue magazine
- The Manchester United forward used his influence for good during lockdown
- Rashford has lobbied the government to fund free school meals for children
- The 22-year-old partnered with charity FareShare and raised more than £20m
Manchester United superstar Marcus Rashford has proved an inspiration with his work in helping feed vulnerable children – and his efforts have been recognised with an appearance on the front cover of British Vogue magazine.
The clearly-humbled 22-year-old shared the ‘surreal’ photo with his social media followers – but has rightly earned plaudits after leveraging the government to perform a sensational U-turn on their free school meals policy.
Rashford partnered with FareShare, a poverty and food waste charity, in March and has since raised more than £20million to ensure children are provided with school meals during lockdown.
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford features on the cover of Vogue’s September issue
Rashford, who has been an inspiration with his charity work, was left humbled by the moment
The England international has enjoyed a superb last few months both on and off the field. With football having been ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rashford instead focused his efforts, combined with fighting back from serious injury, on those less fortunate across the UK.
The free school means scheme helped three million children benefit during an incredibly tough time, but it was announced that the support would stop during the school holidays.
Rashford soon penned a heartfelt open letter to MPs and asked them to extend the service while referencing his own tough upbringing. His mother was forced to rely on breakfast clubs, free school meals and neighbours to feed her family.
The government announced their change in stance the very next day, however, and committed to extending the scheme throughout the summer.
The 22-year-old leveraged the government to perform a U-turn over their free school meals
‘I would have failed everyone that had helped me get to where I am today if I didn’t put myself out there and say: “This is not ok – and it needs to change.” In fact, I would have failed my 10 year old self,’ he told Vogue.
Adwoa Aboah, a model and leading mental health activist, features alongside Rashford for the memorable cover shot. She travelled to the footballer’s garden at his home in Manchester.
The inspirational duo feature prominently on the special fold-out cover for the September edition, alongside 20 other individuals who have helped force positive change.
The Wythenshawe-born talent received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his campaign against child poverty, the youngest recipient in the award’s history.
Rashford even joined up with FareShare’s staff just days after helping United secure Champions League football next season. He posted a series of photos on Instagram of him lending another helping hand at a factory by loading up food.
Rashford lent a helping hand at a FareShare factory soon after the Premier League finished