Passmores Academy pay tribute to Man United star Marcus Rashford with a striking mural

Communities / Sat 15th Aug 2020 at 12:12pm

IT would be hard to deny that the last few months have been difficult for many, many people, however, Passmores Academy is delighted to be working in partnership with MurWalls to remember one of the heroes of the lockdown; England international footballer Marcus Rashford.

MurWalls, a company that has the love of football, a passion for art and extraordinary acts of kindness in its DNA, and Passmores Academy, a school that is nationally recognised for putting the well-being of its community at the forefront of its work, have worked together to create a tribute in the heart of the school to Marcus. It is to recognise and pay tribute to how he used his voice and influence for the benefit of those most vulnerable at the most difficult of times.

CEO and Co-Principal of Passmores Academy, Vic Goddard, said: “Working with MurWalls to create a stunning work of art has been amazing. We wanted to remind our young people of the good that can be achieved by using whatever any of us have at our disposal to help others and Marcus was the most perfect example we could think of.  There have been incredibly difficult times during the lockdown but there has also been extraordinary acts of kindness and we wanted to focus on one of those.”

Vic Goddard was at the forefront of the campaign to support families that receive free school meals by writing to the government through social media and creating news stories that raised the issue. In fact Passmores Academy had already made their decision public to continue to financially support families throughout the holidays prior to the government U-turn on the matter.

Vic went on to say “Marcus is a symbol for all the thousands of people across our country that thought of others at a time when it was easy to become wrapped up in what is happening to oneself.  He is a role model for all young people and we thought this art work was the perfect way to recognise his efforts and send a message to our community that we can all make a positive difference to those around us.”

CEO and Founder of MurWalls, Marc Silver added: “Marcus Rashford has used his influence to make a positive difference. His dedication to the cause has taken huge pressure off of so many families across the UK.

During these difficult times, it is wonderful that someone has fought for what they believe is right, which has given people one less thing to worry about.

Marcus is a great talent on the field for club and country and has earnt the respect from the entire nation for his tireless efforts off of it.

MurWalls are proud to have painted this tribute at such a wonderful school spearheaded by an incredible head teacher. Passmores Academy has a strong and positive ethos based on the Co-operative values.”

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