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Marcus Rashford tops Sunday Times Giving List after raising £20m to tackle food poverty


Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has become the youngest person to top The Sunday Times Giving List, after he helped to raise £20m for FareShare.

The Giving List details the top 20 individuals and families who have donated the largest proportion of their wealth, as part of The Sunday Times Rich List.

The ranking sets the sums donated to or raised for charity against the Rich List wealth valuation for those individuals or families. 

Rashford, 23, has a fortune of £16m. He launched a high-profile campaign to make sure children eligible for free school meals were fed regularly when schools were shut during lockdown. 

Acting as an ambassador for FareShare, Rashford’s efforts triggered an estimated £20m of additional donations to the food poverty charity.

This gives him a Giving Index of score 125, as £20m represents 125% of his net worth of £16m. 

Lindsay Boswell, FareShare chief executive, said: “We are delighted he’s been honoured in this way. Marcus’s support for FareShare over the last year -- and his commitment to tackling child hunger-- has simply been incredible. His own experience of relying on free school meals to eat, brings authenticity and compassion to his campaigning, and his status as a Premier League footballer, means people and politicians sit up and take notice.” 

Record donation levels

For the first time, donations tracked by The Sunday Times exceeded £4bn, with additional donations being made to Covid-19 related issues.

Over the past 12 months, £4.305bn was gifted by those on the rich list, representing a 36.1% rise on the £3.164bn given last year.  

The Giving List recorded nine donations of more than £100m and 71 donations of at least £10m, up from 42 recorded in 2020. 

The Sunday Times says that the pandemic sparked this increase in donations, and the list has tracked £520m of donations to Covid-19 related causes. These cover PPE supplies, the alleviation of food poverty, and community support.

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