Other celebrities such as The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess and Gary Lineker have praised Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford for his efforts to help vulnerable children in the UK.
Stars including Coldplay and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson have backed the “incredible” campaign calling for free meals for vulnerable children throughout school holidays.
A nation as wealthy as the UK shouldn’t have poverty problems existing in cycles where children are present. No child should go to bed hungry.
Thousands of musicians have signed a petition set up by Rashford, which is now close to a million signatures.
Coldplay tweeted a link to the petition, praising Rashford for his “fantastic campaign” and said: “If you’re a UK resident, please add your voice.”
Thankyou @MarcusRashford for your fantastic campaign to persuade the UK govt to supply free meals to vulnerable kids during school holidays.
If you’re a UK resident, please add your voice here: https://t.co/NYEAeVsRja
— Coldplay (@coldplay) October 26, 2020
Tomlinson also shared the link, writing: “Watching what @MarcusRashford is doing is incredible. Please do take the time to sign if you live in the UK. Our children are our future.”
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 26, 2020
Wow, @MarcusRashford is a true hero of our times. So many MPs should feel shame over the fact that a footballer is helping the needy, more than they are
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) October 23, 2020
Well played @MarcusRashford. Check his timeline. Extraordinary from a remarkable young man. 👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 23, 2020
The pressure is now on the Government after its refusal to extend free school meals into half-term and beyond.
Rashford built his campaign on 3.7m followers on Twitter. His accounts have brilliantly highlighted the businesses, individuals and organisations that have pledged their support to the cause.
It was announced earlier this week that the Manchester United Foundation and the charity FareShare will provide around 5,000 meals to children from local schools.