Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Marcus Rashford recounts poor childhood while asking UK politicians not to end a food voucher scheme.



Manchester United  Forward Marcus Rashford in a heart melting letter posted  on his Twitter account and directed to the UK MP's,  have asked UK politicians not to end a food voucher scheme next month as planned.

The scheme  which was set up to guarantee meals to children when schools were shut down in March  as he had issues with eating well while growing up due to his mother's financial situation.


He revealed Manchester United allowed him to join their academy programmes one year younger than he should after his mother let them know of tough circumstances with feeding and accommodation at home.

In his letter, Rashford said MPs should "make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority" and "this is not about politics, this is about humanity." then revealed more details bout his childhood  during a BBC interview on Monday.


According to Rashford, his motherMelanie, had spoken to the Red Devils about their home situation and United allowed him to join up at age 11 rather than 12.


"My mum was a single parent, she had five kids all living in the same house. The programme that I started at 11 years old, you're supposed to start it at 12 years old," he said.

"It basically gives you accommodation closer to the training facilities and a new school and she worked that hard to push it forward because she knew that was a step I needed to take.

"I needed to be eating the right food as I was growing, I needed to be close to my team-mates, my new school and my new school friends. She made that decision when I was 11 years old and United allowed it.

"That was the reason I ended up going at a younger age to the others, it was to help my mum with her situation and also get me out of the situation we were in. So there is always a big element of sacrifice to get to the top level and that's the one we had to make."

"My mum, she did the best she could, we used to go to a shop called Pound World and everything was under a pound," he added. "We would schedule out the week, we would get seven yoghurts and you could have one yoghurt a day and so on. She did the best she could within the circumstances.

"There are some families out there, like mine, that have four or five kids and it is literally impossible for her to take control of the situation.

"This is all going on at a time when kids should be concentrating on school work and stuff like that. It is crazy to think this is still going on in 2020 and it's something I don't believe should be happening."




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