Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has organised a book club to help disadvantaged Scottish children read more.

The Manchester United star has been awarded an MBE for his community work, most notably for free school meals south of the border. Now he has teamed up with publisher Macmillan Children’s which will donate 50,000 books to youngsters.

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Both Englush and Scottish children will benefit from this scheme, facilitated through children’s food charity Magic Breakfast. They will be distributed over 850 primary schools on either side of the border, Rashford hoping it makes an impact.

The Manchester United hero said: “For too long, the joy of reading has been restricted by whether or not a family has the contingency budget to purchase books. The children who often miss out are those on free school meals and users of breakfast clubs, who more than likely need fiction, and non-fiction, to escape reality from time to time.

“We haven’t been affording these children the option of reading for fun, but that changes today. Everyone is aware of my experiences with breakfast club – it brightened up the start of my day, it stabilised the school day for me, allowed me to engage in reading and allowed me to form life-long friendships.”

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