Almost £40,000 has been raised following vandalism to Marcus Rashford's mural in Manchester, the majority of which will be donated to a food bank charity.
Rashford has requested that the money left over from the cost of fixing the wall, is given to FareShare Greater Manchester.
FareShare is the charity the footballer worked with to provide free school meals to children over the summer holidays.
Thank you @WithingtonWalls, @Akse_P19, to Julie who kicked this all off, and to everyone who pledged a couple of £s for its repair. Having raised close to £40k, those funds will now be donated to @FareShareGtrM guaranteeing that we reach more children in need this summer ♥️ https://t.co/mrle99IG02— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) July 26, 2021
The mural was vandalised after England's loss in the Euro 2020 final. Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed penalties in England's 3-2 shootout defeat by Italy and were subject to racist abuse.
After the artwork was defaced an online crowdfunding campaign raised nearly £40,000 to fix the damage. People also attached thousands of messages of support on the wall in Withington.
Rashford tweeted that at one of his lowest points, the outpouring of support around this mural "really lifted me".
The piece was later restored by street artist Akse.
Overwhelmed. Thankful. Lost for words ♥️🏴 pic.twitter.com/PXC5H2GDtB— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) July 13, 2021
Rashford recently topped The Sunday Times giving list after it was estimated he had helped raise around £20m for Fare Share through his campaigning.
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