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Artist paints mural for Marcus Rashford

United striker honoured for his charity work

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s selfless charity work continues to be recognized in the community.

Street artist Akse calls Rashford’s successful campaign to extend free school meals truly an inspiration.

During the summer break, Rashford convinced the UK government to give kids a six-week voucher for free meals.

Akse recently completed a mural for the 23-year-old with the striker’s picture.

The mural’s message reads: “Take Pride in knowing that your struggle will play the biggest role in your purpose”.

You can see the artwork on the side of Coffee House Cafe in Copson Street, Withington, Manchester.

It’s based on a photograph by Daniel Cheetham.

Akse did the artwork in collaboration with Withington Walls, a community street art project.

Ed Willard with Withington Walls says “it’s incredible”

“Akse is a world-class artist but it’s exceeded my expectations. It is amazing.”

Rashford expressed his appreciation for the work on his Twitter account.

“Ok I usually get embarrassed sharing these things because this journey was never really about me but I know this took a lot of time and effort @Akse_P19 and I wanted to say thank you ♥️ pic.twitter.com/alGcHW0gXH,” says Rashford in a tweet.

Last month Rashford became an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his efforts.

Akse says he hopes this mural of Rashford inspires others to give back.

“I hope the mural will inspire the local community as he has inspired the whole nation with his campaign to fight child food poverty.”

Following Rashford’s campaign, the government announced spending of over £400 million.

That’s part of a winter grant scheme to allow children to get free meals over the holidays. (JSL)

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