Marcus Rashford, Manchester United and English football star, has teamed up with Macmillan Children’s Books to promote and spread the joy of reading. Rashford, who only began reading at age seventeen, says books were “never a thing we could budget for as a family.” However, Rashford says that reading completely changed his outlook and mentality.
The now twenty-three year old continued by saying,
I wish I was offered the opportunity to really engage with reading more as a child. There were times where the escapism of reading could have really helped me. I want this escapism for all children.
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) November 17, 2020
There are over 380,000 children across the UK today that have never owned a book. According to Macmillan, this book club would see a large number of books being given away to children from vulnerable and under-privileged backgrounds. A spokeswoman for the publisher said it would work with Rashford and charities to “find the most effective mechanisms to reach the children who need them.”
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