The Manchester United star, Mel, Marcus Rashford’s mother, opened up about her struggles to raise her kids.
In an interview that was broadcast today, December 17, Mel remembers holding down several jobs to keep food on the table for Marcus and his siblings while they endured food insecurity while growing up, talking with BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent.
Her interview comes in the midst of the local and international attention earned by her son, Rashford, for his immense work in helping to provide school children in the UK with food.
The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the Queen of England and his fellow footballers have recognized Rashford, who now earns more than £ 200,000 a week playing for Manchester United, for his charitable work supporting under-fed children.
He’s also been nominated in the UK for several awards this year.
Mel spoke to BBC Breakfast and said:
“I had three jobs,” and if I didn’t do that we wouldn’t be able to cook a pot of food, it’s just a little hard,” she said.
“So Marcus tells the story only from the way he sees it and the words he says come from the very bottom of his heart.”
She revealed on especially challenging days: “Sometimes it was really bad, I’d rather give the children food than give it to myself, sometimes I didn’t get anything to eat.”
Marcus Rashford, who cried as his mother described her struggles teaching him, said that only togetherness” would contribute to a long-term improvement for children in need.
“Sometimes we didn’t even have a loaf of bread in the house, it’s embarrassing to say, but we didn’t.”
Marcus, reflecting on the hardships of his youth and his mum, said:
He said All the little struggles and the sacrifices that you made, it helps you appreciate everything like 10 times more, so I don’t see it as a weakness,”
“I think in a sport, you want to have something behind you that is pushing you. When you come from a place of struggle and pain a majority of the valuable time switches and it becomes your drive and motivation.”
Mel and Marcus traveled to FareShare, the food charity with which Marcus first collaborated in March, at an emotional moment to see how this Christmas they will respond to rising demand.
Unknown to Mel, after Rashford paid for the unit to be named after his mum, the BBC announced that a new unit at FareShare would be named Melanie Maynard House.