Marcus Rashford becomes the youngest person to top The Sunday Times’ Giving List after raising £20m for child food poverty

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

22 May 2021

Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford has become the youngest person to top the Sunday Times Giving List.

The Giving List which ranks people by how their money raised for charity compares to their net worth, is headed the MBe winner after he raised £20million in donations from supermarkets for groups tackling child food poverty in the UK. 
Rashford worth a reported £16m, raised the equivalent of 125 per cent of his wealth.

Last summer the 23-year-old helped charity FareShare distribute four million meals to vulnerable children during the pandemic while also forcing a the Government to U-turns over free school meals. 

FareShare chief executive Lindsay Boswell said the footballer’s commitment to tackling child hunger “has simply been incredible. His own experience of relying on free school meals to eat brings authenticity and compassion to his campaigning, and his status as a Premier League footballer means people and politicians sit up and take notice.”

The Government extended free school meals through the half-term and Christmas holidays, with ministers subsequently providing £170million of extra funding. 

For his work he was heralded by the public and officially recognised after he made an MBE in the delayed 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.