Marcus Rashford has revealed that he will donate the £40,000 raised after his mural was defaced will be donated to a food bank charity. The mural was defaced after the Manchester United forward missed a penalty in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley. A crowdfunding page was set up to repair the mural with thousands of people leaving positive messages on it. Rashford and his teammates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka had their social media accounts flooded with racial abuses after the final.
The Fare Share Greater Manchester will be the beneficiary of the funds. It is the same charity which he helped to distribute free meals in schools over the summer holidays.
“Thank you Withington Walls, Akse P19, to Julie who kicked this all off, and to everyone who pledged a couple of £s for its repair,” Marcus Rashford said talking about his mural. “Having raised close to £40k, those funds will now be donated to FareShare Greater Manchester guaranteeing that we reach more children in need this summer.”
Police investigations revealed that the defacing of the mural was not of a racist nature. Forensic experts were brought in to find the source of the paint used by the perpetrators. ”While the content of the vandalism is not believed to be of a racial nature, officers are keeping an open mind as to the motive behind defacing the artwork.” the Police said in a statement after the defacing of the mural.