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Rashford makes emotional plea to MPs to back free school meal voucher U-turn

Marus Rashford    Pic: Дмитрий Голубович

Manchester United and England footballer, Marcus Rashford has made an impassioned plea for the government to scrap its plan to cancel the free school meal voucher scheme for children during the summer holidays.

Rashford, who was brought up in a single parent family in Wythenshawe, has written to MPs recounting his childhood experiences and visits to foodbanks and soup kitchens and calling for action to help poorer families cope with the economic impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Speaking to the BBC, Rashford said: “It’s written from the heart and it’s about how my life was at the moment – the letter is to open up and let people understand the impact on families and to know I’ve done the right thing.

“What families are going through now, I’ve once had to go through that – and it’s very difficult to find a way out. It’s very important for me to help people who are struggling. Whether the outcome changes or doesn’t change – that’s why I wrote it.”

The footballer has raised about £20m to provide meals for  vulnerable people while working with charity FareShare UK during the coronavirus lockdown.

Campaigners have threatened legal action against the government for not extending the food voucher scheme into the summer holidays.

In his open letter, Rashford told MPs: “Food poverty in England is a pandemic that could span generations if we don’t course correct now. Whilst 1.3 million children are registered for free school meals, one quarter of these children have not been given any support since the school closures were ordered.

“We rely on parents, many of whom have seen their jobs evaporate due to Covid 19, to play substitute teacher during lockdown, hoping that their children are going to be focussed enough to learn, with only a small percentage of their nutritional needs met during this period. This is a system failure and without education, we’re encouraging this cycle of hardship to continue.”

Recalling his family’s reliance on breakfast clubs, free school meals and the sacrifices made by his mother he said: “The system was not built for families like mine to succeed, regardless of how hard my mum worked… It is only now that I really understand the enormous sacrifice my mum made to send me away to live in digs aged 11, a decision no mother would ever make lightly.”

In his plea for the government to reverse its decision to cancel the food voucher scheme, Rashford adds: “As a black man from a low income family in Wythenshawe, I could have been just another statistic. Instead, due to the selfless actions of my mum, my family, my neighbours and my coaches, the only stats I’m associated with are goals, appearances and caps. I would be doing myself, my family and my community an injustice if I didn’t stand here with my voice and my platform and ask you for help.

“The government has taken a “whatever it takes” approach to the economy. I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to all vulnerable children across England. I encourage you to hear their pleas for humanity.”

Rashford has attracted widespread support and has been dubbed “the Pride of Wythenshawe”. The town’s MP and former  shadow schools minister, Mike Kane, has backed his U-turn call.


Driver flees from burning car following crash


Firefighters were called after a car caught fire following a crash on Wythenshawe Road, Northern Moor.

The driver fled from the scene after the car hit parked vehicles and overturned before bursting into flames. Continue reading “Driver flees from burning car following crash”

Man arrested following report of distraction burglary is released

A 25-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of burglary after an elderly man was talked into handing over his bank details in Northern Moor, has been released under investigation.

Shortly before 6pm on Monday 27 August 2018, police received a report that a man had been encouraged to hand of over his bank details by two men who visited his property.

When did you last see your snake?

Pensioner John Stone got a shock yesterday when he arrived home in Northern Moor to find a four foot long exotic snake on his drive.

Mr Stone, spotted the red, yellow and black reptile on Friday afternoon at Brent Close, Northern Moor, on Friday afternoon.

It is believed to have escaped from a neighbour’s home.

Mr Stone told the Manchester Evening News:I have been in some funny places, but never expected to see a snake in my driveway. What next?
Sgt Jon Kenna, from the Wythenshawe police team said: “The snake was located on Brent Close, Northern Moor, in the garden of a resident. They managed to trap the snake with their washing up bowl.”

Police are now trying to reunite the slippery customer with its owner and anyone with information should ring 101 quoting reference 1276 17/08/18.

Police probe bogus charity collections in Northern Moor

13403314_1231389756901470_447442478174192011_oWythenshawe police want to speak to this  man  in connection with reports of distraction thefts  by  bogus charity collector in Northern Moor last week.

The incidents happened shortly after 7.30am on Tuesday,  June 7 police received two reports of thefts at homes in Fellpark Road.fellparkrd

A man knocked on two residents’ doors claiming to be collecting money for charity.

The offender followed the victims into their home where they both gave him a small amount of money.

After one of his visits, an elderly woman noticed £20 was missing from her table.

Officer would like to speak to the man pictured to help them with their enquiries.

PC Kate Brookes, from GMP’s City of Manchester team, said: “I would urge anyone who recognises the man pictured or has any information about the theft to please call police.

“I would also like to remind residents, particularly those who are vulnerable, to use a door chain when answering the door to unknown people and always ask for identification.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 0720 of 7 June 2016 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.