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Marcus Rashford to lead new BBC documentary raising awareness of child poverty

Marcus Rashford is set to feature in a BBC documentary, focusing on child poverty up and down the nation.

The Manchester United forward will star in the 60-minute special as he attempts to understand the effects of child poverty among millions of families.

He will also look into how they have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Marcus, 23, is hoping to bring awareness to the nation and show how people can help after his mission to extend free school meals over the school holidays was met by initial failure, and then ultimate success.

Initially rejecting his school holidays plan, the Government U-turned and will now lay on £170million for free school meals over the Christmas period, boosting the lives of 1.7 million children in struggling households in the pandemic.

The Wythenshawe-born ace has used his platform to openly share his experiences, recalling that he often went without food as a youngster.

His continual efforts over the past several months have resulted in Marcus being awarded an MBE.

The hour-long documentary will offer "exclusive insight into the decision-making, thought process and motivations of the England international footballer", the BBC said.

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BBC Head of commissioning Clare Sillery said: "Everyone will be familiar with the Marcus Rashford we see on the pitch but this documentary will offer a deeper insight into the man himself.

"Through our access, we hope viewers will get to see just how passionate and determined he is about tackling child food poverty in Britain today."

Marcus will also be honoured with a one-of-a-kind award at the Sports Personality of the Year ceremony on December 20.

A panel of judges decided that his work off the football pitch, including packaging food throughout the coronavirus pandemic, should be recognised.

The event will take place at BBC's MediaCity UK in Salford.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: "Marcus's endeavour to give a voice to those who find themselves in a situation that he too is familiar with has been greatly admired and the panel wanted to ensure he was recognised for that.

"In a year that has been challenging for everyone, but particularly vulnerable families, he has gone above and beyond to transcend his sport and make a real difference. This award is a tribute to a remarkable young man."

Marcus' documentary will air on BBC One on December 21.

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