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Primary school celebrates Marcus Rashford’s campaign work with new mural

The mural has been painted on the side of Gainsborough Primary School in West Ham, east London.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th June 2021

A London primary school has paid tribute to footballer Marcus Rashford’s recent campaign work by commissioning a new mural.

The image of the Manchester United and England star – which is based on a photo by Paul Cooper – has been sprayed onto the side of Gainsborough Primary School in West Ham by artist Josh Colwell of MurWalls – a company that produces football-themed street art.

The mural was gifted by a recruitment agency that works with the school, and teachers worked with the kids to see what art they would like upon the wall.

The children voted for Rashford as a ‘thank you’ for his free school meals mission.

The Wythenshawe-born footballer made Manchester proud last year when he spearheaded a prominent campaign to tackle child food poverty in the UK during the pandemic.


His efforts ultimately led to 1.7 million vulnerable children being supported by a £520 million government scheme. Other projects have helped deliver 130 million meals.

Rashford has also recently launched a food education and cooking project for children – Full Time Meals – with renowned British chef, Tom Kerridge.

Marcus Rashford was chosen by the children as a ‘thank you’ for his campaign / Credit: Manchester United

The mural is the latest in a long list of accolades that Rashford has received over the past year.

Marc Silver, founder of MurWalls, stated: “It was a majority which came back and said that they want to do a thank you message to Marcus Rashford for all the help that he’s done supporting the food banks and the meal tickets and everything during COVID.”

“People just respect him as a person, that he stood up to the government, he stood up for what he believes in and he helped support and change people’s lives up and down the country.”

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