Marcus Rashford surprised a nine-year-old fan with a new PS5 and a letter applauding him for his ‘kindness’ after hearing of the youngster’s charitable efforts last week.
The Manchester United striker, who is famed for his tireless campaigning to end child poverty and hunger in the UK, caught wind of the fundraising Jacob Worthington had been doing on Twitter.
Jacob, from St Helen’s and a life-long United fan, was inspired by Rashford to raise funds for Fare Share, the charity ensuring no child goes hungry, as well as for a host of other local charities.
So of course, Jacob was stunned last week when a large parcel gifted from Rashford himself arrived at his doorstep.
In the parcel was a brand new PS5, a football game and a letter written by the footballer to Jacob, applauding him for his efforts.
In the letter, Rashford wrote: “We are not kind to be noticed. We are kind because it’s the right thing to do. It feels good to help others.
“I’ve been so proud reading stories on my Twitter about the work you have been doing, and how it has helped people in the last year.”
In the letter, Rashford added: “To show my appreciation, I wanted to make sure that I acknowledged these kind gestures with a gift.
“Not all gestures are going to be rewarded but know that you are appreciated, and every time you look at this gift remember how good it feels to look out for others.”
On the surprise gesture, Jacob’s dad, John Worthington told the Manchester Evening News: “I posted some pictures of Jacob with Marcus’s book and the next thing I know he got in touch asking if he wanted to send Jacob a gift how would he do that.
“I sent him our address thinking we would get a signed picture, but we couldn’t believe it when a big parcel arrived. At first we thought it was just a PS5 box with something else inside it, but then we saw it really had the console inside.
“He was made up, he was over the moon – he still is, he can’t believe he got it.”
Though Jacob isn’t the first youngster to receive a generous gift from Rashford – countless fund-raising kids have been sent similar packages from the footballer to reward them for their charitable efforts.
Elizabeths can ride for free at East Lancashire Railway to celebrate Queen’s Jubilee
Those who share a name with the monarch will get to explore some of the best hidden gems along the Irwell Valley for free
All Elizabeths, Lizs and Lizzies will soon have the chance to enjoy a free ride along a vintage rail route in aid of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
To mark Queen Elizabeth’s seventieth year on the throne, East Lancashire Railway is offering a free ride on one of its heritage steam locomotives for all those who share the same name as her Majesty.
The train will embark upon a twelve-mile vintage rail route between Heywood in Greater Manchester and Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
The railway is also offering free rides across all its other services, giving all Elizabeths the chance to explore some of the best hidden gems along the Irwell Valley including pubs, restaurants and more.
From June 3rd – 5th, each station along the line will be celebrating the era of the Queen’s coronation with food, vintage stalls and music from the likes of the Washboard Resonators, the Rum and Cola Girls, and Kitty LaMare.
Guests have also been encouraged to get involved with the festivities and dress like the decade.
They will also get the chance to see once-in-a-lifetime flyovers from classic Spitfire and Hurricanes, as well as a special speech commemorating the Jubilee by Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant.
East Lancashire Railway chairman Mike Kelly said of the occasion: “This is going to be a truly unforgettable and magical weekend in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“We have a jam packed schedule across the entire weekend from food and drinks from the era to vintage fashion, people will be celebrating all across the country and we’re proud to be bringing the celebrations along the railway from Rawtenstall, through Bury and onto Heywood.
“Naturally, we’re delighted to be able to celebrate with Her Majesty The Queen and all those who share the royal name, so we hope this gives old and new visitors the chance to enjoy an unforgettable and unique experience of travelling on the East Lancashire Railway.”
Elizabeths will be able to claim the offer from May 27th until June 2nd, ahead of the railway’s Jubilee bash, which takes place from June 3rd to June 5th.
Click here to buy tickets for the Jubilee event, or for more information, contact East Lancashire Railway on 0333 320 2830.
Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry Seaborn quietly welcome second daughter
Fans of the singer didn’t even know he and his wife were expecting a second child
Ed Sheeran surprised fans this week by announcing that he and his wife Cherry Seaborn had welcomed their second daughter.
In a heartwarming Instagram post, the ‘Shape of You’ singer revealed that he and Cherry are ‘over the moon’ to be a family of four, adding that they are ‘so in love’ with their new daughter.
In a similar manner to the announcement of their first daughter, Ed posted a photo of a pair of baby socks, writing: “Want to let you all know we’ve had another beautiful baby girl.
“We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4.”
Ed didn’t reveal what they have named their daughter, or when the little girl was born.
A spokesperson for the singer later told The Sun: “Ed and Cherry recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl and are on cloud nine.
“They’re so excited for Lyra to have a little sister and the four of them are currently enjoying some precious family time before Ed heads back on tour.
“We are delighted for them, and we hope that you can respect their privacy at this special time.”
Ed and Cherry welcomed their first daughter Lyra back in September 2020, with the couple sharing a photo of baby socks alongside the caption: “Ello! A quick message from me as I have some personal news that I wanted to share with you.
“Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.
“We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here.
“We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Lots of love and I’ll see you when it’s time to come back, Ed.”
Woman ‘attacked by dog’ close to where toddler was mauled to death in Rochdale
The woman claims the dog was ‘hanging’ on her arms
A woman has spoken of her experience of being attacked by a dog just yards away from where a toddler was killed in Rochdale.
Three-year-old Daniel John Twigg died in hospital on Sunday May 15th following a ‘devastating’ dog attack in Milnrow, Rochdale.
Officers were called out to a property near Carr Lane at around 1:15pm, where the youngster was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
There, he was sadly pronounced dead.
In the wake of Daniel’s death, a young woman has claimed that she too was mauled by a dog while walking on a footpath just yards from where the fatal attack happened.
The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told the Manchester Evening News that she was bitten by a Cane Corso – the breed that was confirmed as being involved in Daniel’s death – less than 100 yards from the scene.
She said: “The dog wasn’t on a lead. It was hanging off my arms and tugging at me. It bit me on my side.”
The woman says she was left with horrific injuries to her arms and ribs, and has been left with life-long scars to her arms.
She reported the incident to the police, but was told that officers would not be visiting the farm if there were ‘dangerous dogs on the loose’.
The woman believes the attack was captured on CCTV, but claims police said there was no evidence of what she was alleging.
She said: “They said there was no proof. I don’t think they ever went up there. They just wouldn’t do anything.
“I asked them if they were going to wait until someone was dead to do something.”
As part of a complex investigation, detectives say they are reviewing ‘other incidents of note’.
In an emotional statement released by GMP, Daniel’s family said he ‘was a happy, kind and caring little boy who was loved by all who knew him’.
The statement read: “He loved Paw Patrol and playing with his brother and sister, he also loved being around animals – especially his pony, Splash. He brought us many laughs and was a comical character. He was brave, intelligent and full of many characteristics.
“Daniel loved being with his whole family and will be missed by all. On behalf of our family, we ask people to respect our privacy.”
Anyone with information is asked to share it with police via 0161 856 7386 quoting Operation Guernsey or https://mipp.police.uk/operation/06GMP22P28-PO1.
Information can also be shared anonymously via the independent charity – Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.