Marcus Rashford has become the youngest person to top The Sunday Times Giving List – the annual measure of philanthropy among the wealthiest people in the nation.
Rashford successfully lobbied the UK Government into a U-turn over its free school meals policy during the coronavirus lockdown, ensuring children in need would receive free meals throughout the summer.
During that time, Rashford donated £20m to food, poverty and community charities (partnered with FareShare) – a sum greater than his personal wealth. Rashford was the only person in the top 10 earners that donated a percentage over his own earnings – which stood at £16m – with the United forward giving away 125% of his wealth.
Writing for Dazed as part of his cover story with the magazine, Rashford said: “We’ve demonstrated what we can do when we come together. Each and every one of us can make a difference to a child’s life, big or small. Sometimes all they need is a kind word – surely we can give them that?”
Rashford joins Jordan Henderson in the top ten of this year’s Sunday Times Giving List, with the Liverpool captain sixth on the list for his role in the #PlayersTogether coronavirus appeal.
Henderson is sixth on the list, having raised £4m for the NHS from fellow Premier League footballers as part of the campaign.