Man United player Marcus Rashford awarded MBE for services to children

Manchester United and England striker, Marcus Rashford has been awarded an MBE for services to vunerable children in the UK.

The 22-year-old Manchester United forward successfully campaigned to extend free school meals over the summer after backing the government into a corner and forcing a U-turn on the issue.

"Hopefully it inspires more people to do good things," Rashford said. "It's a nice moment for me personally but I feel like I'm still at the beginning of the journey that I set out to try to achieve."

"What I'd like to do, now that I'm in this position, is just speak directly to the prime minister and really ask for the vouchers to be extended at least until October half term, because I think that's what the families need," he said.

Of the 1,495 recipients, 13% are from a BAME background and 6% have a disability. The list includes 740 women, which represents 49% of the total - down from 51% in the New Years Honours list last year

The huge voluntary effort across the country has also been reflected, with 72% of recipients awarded for their work in the community, including those who supplied free meals to those who were shielding, volunteering to help those at risk, and delivering care packages to NHS frontline workers.

The list was due to be published in June this year, but was postponed to take into account nominations for those who had contributed during the crisis.