Source: Independent

Rashford leads UK government U-turn

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Marcus Rashford has proven the power of elite footballers by driving an incredible campaign that will benefit 1.3-million children.

The 22-year-old Manchester United star took to the media this week to drive an incredible campaign in order to prevent the UK government from ending free school medal vouchers for children during the holiday season.

With the coronavirus pandemic creating further needs for emergency funding, his actions have seen the government extend the programme by a further six weeks.

The England striker opened up on his upbringing with a single mother and four other siblings and cited the programme as something that helped him survive during the times of struggle.

And as his campaign went viral in mainstream and on social media, Brittain's prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed he had a discussion with the footballer and announced that the 'COVID-summer food plan' would be enforced.

"I talked to Marcus Rashford today and congratulated him on his campaign which to be honest I only became aware of very recently, today - and I thank him for what he's done," Johnson said, as per the BBC.

According to the publication, a £15 (R320) a week per recipient voucher is issued and will cost around £120m (R2.5bn).

This accounts for 15.4% of state-educated children in the UK, which amounts to nearly 1.3-million kids, according to the latest statistics.

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