18 March 2021
Marcus Rashford has been named as this year’s Postcode Hero by People’s Postcode Lottery. He marked the occasion by presenting a cheque for £250,000, raised by the lottery’s players, to FareShare and the Trussell Trust.
“I want to thank the players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this award possible. It’s an honour to be named this year’s Postcode Hero but the most important thing to me is the difference these funds will make to families that, for whatever reason or circumstance, are struggling to feed their children.”
The Postcode Hero award is designed to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to society through their charitable and campaigning work. Previous recipients include George and Amal Clooney and Sir David Attenborough.
People’s Postcode Lottery Managing Director, Clara Govier, said: “Marcus is a passionate and highly effective campaigner against food poverty in the UK and we are delighted to present him with this year’s Postcode Hero award in recognition of that work.”
“Our players have now raised more than £700 million for thousands of charities and good causes. The good causes which benefit from player funding all share one goal – making our communities stronger and, ultimately, making the world a better place. We know that’s something our players care passionately about and it’s clear that Marcus does too.”
Lindsay Boswell, FareShare Chief Executive, said: “We want to congratulate Marcus for being named this year’s Postcode Hero. He has been an incredible inspiration to millions of people, and we’re delighted that he continues to be recognised for his work tackling hunger and poverty.”
“Thanks to the generous support of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Marcus, these funds will help FareShare deliver valuable meals to people who are struggling. At a time when food is needed in our communities more than ever, I cannot think of a more meaningful act.”
The funds were raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and awarded by the Postcode Innovation Trust. Its mission is to enable charities and social enterprises to deliver impactful, innovative, and engaging initiatives across Britain.