Marcus Rashford has given Big Issue vendors a welcome back to their pitches as they return to sell the magazine for the first time in 2021.
The Manchester United and England hero has become one of Britain’s biggest stars during the Covid-19 pandemic as he has championed the cause of the nation’s most vulnerable people.
Now Rashford, who graced the cover of The Big Issue magazine twice in 2020, has stood up for vendors working to earn a living by selling the magazine.
In an exclusive message of support, Rashford said: “Rain or shine, one of the most recognisable things to hear on our high street is ‘Big Issueeee’.
“We’ve seen you pop up now and again (I actually picked up my issue at Christmas), but we’ve missed your presence during this last year. We can’t wait to hear those words that have become so familiar to many. So good luck and enjoy it, you’re doing a great job.”
Rashford’s 10-month campaign to prevent child food poverty has inspired direct action in communities across the UK while he has forced the Westminster Government into two U-turns over paying for free school meals during the school holidays.