Marcus Rashford honored his efforts to end child food poverty with a "Panel Special Award" during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year as the Manchester United star admits he did not expect a response to his campaign
- Marcus Rashford was recognized at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards
- He received a special panel award for his efforts to combat child food poverty
- Rashford led the government to pledge to spend £ 400 million on helping families
- The BBC will air a documentary about Rashford's campaign on December 21st
Marcus Rashford received a special panel award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony on Sunday night.
The Manchester United star ran a successful campaign to expand the provision of free school meals to vulnerable children during the spring lockdown and continues to work on child starvation projects.
As reported by SportsmailRashford missed the main award because it was only given for "athletic achievement", but the jury unanimously agreed that his work off the field should be recognized.
Marcus Rashford received a special panel award during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony on Sunday night
He was honored with a new Panel Special Award for his work to end food poverty among children.
Speaking at the Media City ceremony in Salford on Sunday evening, Rashford said, “Growing up as a kid felt like I started 100 meters behind everyone else.
“It was harder for me to do the basic things like exercise, eat the right things. It was a nightmare of a situation that I found myself in, but in the end I got where I needed to be.
"When I got there, I just had this thing that was eating me up and saying," Make sure you make a difference for the next generation. "
"I think as a country we should protect them as much as possible and give them the best chances in life and become what they want to be."
Rashford launched a campaign to renew free meal vouchers in June, which resulted in the government pledging to spend £ 400 million on helping families in need in 2021.
Rashford attended the ceremony at Media City, Salford to collect the award for his efforts
In October, he received an MBE in Services to Vulnerable Children During Covid-19.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke directly to Rashford last month after he was persuaded to introduce a range of new measures to help the poorest children.
Rashford paid tribute to his mother, Melanie Maynard, who announced that she would go hungry to make sure her children were fed.
“Anything I get from what I've done will always sit in her house and sit where she can see it every day because she is the person who raised me to be a person under difficult circumstances be who has morals.
"My friends will tell you that I haven't changed since I was a kid."
Rashford received an MBE in Service to Vulnerable Children During Covid-19 in October
When asked how the campaign was gaining momentum, he said: “I tried Manchester a few years ago but wasn't happy with the range.
"A few years later, I spoke to my brothers and my mother and said," I'll try again. "And then we did it, and what has happened since then we didn't expect."
The BBC will air a special documentary about Rashford's campaign on December 21st.