Tuktuk Day 43


Marcus Rashford

One of the standout footballers of the last ten years has undoubtedly been Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. He was born in 1997 and lived literally a few streets away from where I had left a few years previously. Nobody will ever confuse Wythenshawe with Sunningdale or Virginia Waters ….ever! Like most kids on Wythenshawe Rashford grew up with little more than hope. Wikipedia dance round it a bit, “Rashford comes from a working class family; his mother is Melanie Maynard, a single parent who often had to work multiple jobs to feed their family, sometimes skipping meals herself to ensure Rashford and his siblings ate. He has four older siblings: two brothers, Dwaine Maynard and Dane Rashford, both of whom went on to represent him professionally, and two sisters, Chantelle and Claire.” In more recent years, Rashford has opened up about his childhood poverty and has worked consistently on social issues since Covid and been a constant thorn in the Conservative Government’s side. He has supplied tens of thousands of meals and provided food and supplies to many more. One of his most interesting initiatives is his book club. He openly admits to never having read a book until he was seventeen and states that it was a life-changing event.

The Marcus Rashford Book Club Competition 

The Marcus Rashford Book Club is a collaboration between iconic international football player and child food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford MBE and Macmillan Children’s Books.

The Book Club aims to encourage and nurture a love of reading in children and get free books to the children who need them the most. 6.5 per cent of children in the UK say they do not have their own book at home, which equates to over 500, 000 children in the UK (Book Ownership in 2022).

Marcus read his first book at the age of seventeen, and credits this with changing the direction of his life, which is why the Marcus Rashford Book Club has delivered over 100,000 free books to children living in the most disadvantaged areas.

The Marcus Rashford Book Club 

Let your children embark on an exciting journey beyond the school fence, filled with mystery, friendship, and charismatic creatures. Crafted to captivate hearts and minds of children aged 8 to 11, and brimming with beautiful illustrations, these stories foster creativity, courage, and companionship. Give your young reader the thrill of unwrapping Marcus Rashford’s lively adventure series, where its power, charm, and lessons will echo beyond the pages!

2 lucky winners will receive:

– The Breakfast Club Adventures
– The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Ghoul in the School
– The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Phantom Thief
– You Are a Champion

To enter: head to the link in @macmillankidsuk ‘s bio!

Competition closes on 15 February at 12.00. Open to UK entrants only. Entrants must be 18+. Terms and conditions apply.

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