The Marcus Rashford effect has swept Runcorn and Widnes as residents, businesses and officials rallied to make sure no child goes without food during the half-term

In a week when the England international Marcus Rashford has rallied support in his bid to take on the government in the fight to provide free meals for schoolchildren, Runcorn’s Shopping City answered his call and served up 300+ meals during half term.

Among those stepping in to help were Runcorn Linnets football club in a collaboration with Runcorn Shopping City, the Queen of Hearts pub, Apec Taxis, and a joint effort from All or Nothing.
Halton Borough Council were also quick to commit to continue providing food to children eligible for free school meals.

Runcorn Shopping City Centre Manager Dave Pearman quoted: “Many will be aware of the inspiring work done by Marcus Rashford raising awareness so that children receive free school meals. As a team here at Runcorn Shopping City this inspired us to work with local businesses to see how we could help those in need this half term. Despite challenging times we have been blown away with people’s generosity donating fruit, drinks, snacks and taxi delivery services, not to mention Sayers and Saints and Sinners@prep2go who have prepared fresh sandwiches each morning.

This isn’t about publicity but showing people hope and kindness, this is another example of how people and businesses within the local community come together to help each other out. We hope everyone remains safe and well and we look forward to seeing all our visitors return when they are able to do so.”

We congratulate the Runcorn City team for their efforts in supporting the free school meals campaign.