Rashford to receive University of Manchester honorary doctorate

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1. VARIOUS OF MARCUS RASHFORD TRAINING

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2. VARIOUS OF MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) PROFESSOR NALIN THAKKER, VICE PRESIDENT FOR SOCIAL RESPONSBILITY AT MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY, SAYING:

"Marcus is a remarkable young man, he represents the values of our university to the core, values which are captured in our motto of knowledge, wisdom and humanity. He not only excels in his own field but he is, he is clearly an outstanding footballer, but he also brings his knowledge, experience influnece and activities to bear on some of the most difficult challenges to face our communities, to benefit some of the most vulnerable in our society, and this is not only in our city but across the nation."

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4. MARCUS RASHFORD RESPONDING TO TWEET FROM BBC SPORT SAYING HE WOULD RECEIVE HONOURARY DOCTORATE

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5. SOUNDBITE (English) PROFESSOR NALIN THAKKER, VICE PRESIDENT FOR SOCIAL RESPONSBILITY AT MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY, SAYING:

"As you know during the lockdown Marcus teamed up with the poverty and food waste charity Fairshare and together they raised over £20million in funding and food donations which enabled nearly 4 million meals to be distributed to the country's most vulnerable every week during the current epidemic. In June he campaigned succesfuly for the extension through summer holidays of the food voucher scheme for those children on free schools meals, changing the governmtne's position on this issue through a high profile publicity and social media campaign, which drew on his own personal experience of using food banks and after school clubs when he was growing up. I know alongside his continuing and outstanding success on the field he is continuing to campaign for those most vulnerable across the UK. He is the youngest recipient of an honorary degree from this university but he stands in equal measure to the previous recipients."

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6. VARIOUS OF MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY

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7. SOUNDBITE (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER SAYING:

"You know we're so proud of Marcus and I've said it a few times what a great person he is and a great human being, he cares about so much more than himself, and the work he has done has been, he just shows that he cares so much more about others than himself, so very proud of him and hopefully he will keep his personality for the rest of his life. Just keep on being yourself."

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STORY: Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is set to become the youngest recipient of an honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester for his campaign to help needy children, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Rashford earned widespread praise after the England forward successfully campaigned for school food vouchers to be provided over the summer holidays in Britain, revealing that he had relied on such support as a boy.

The 22-year-old will join club greats Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton in receiving the honorary doctorate, the highest honour the university bestows.

"It's a proud day for myself and my family. When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it's humbling," Rashford told United's website https://www.manutd.com/en/news/detail/marcus-rashford-awarded-honorary-degree-by-manchester-university.

"We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we're heading in the right direction and that means a lot."

Rashford had helped to raise around 20 million pounds ($25.22 million) with charity Fareshare UK to supply meals to struggling families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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