Marcus Rashford launches book club for disadvantaged children

Published on BBC News on 19th April 2021

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 “For too long, the joy of reading has been restricted by whether or not a family has the contingency budget to purchase books.” – Marcus Rashford

 Marcus Rashford, a footballer for Manchester United, announced that he has started a book club to encourage an enjoyment of reading in children from disadvantaged backgrounds. According to a study conducted in 2019 by the National Literacy Trust, 383,775 children in the UK do not possess a single book. Rashford will be working with publishers MacMillan Children’s, who will be donating 50,000 books to 850 primary schools across England and Scotland through the organization Magic Breakfast, a children’s food charity. Prior to this venture, Rashford was awarded The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his campaign to tackle child food poverty.

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