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Kind schoolboy on ‘Marcus mission’ offers football boots to Fareshare, then Rashford makes him a counter offer

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Marcus Rashford has praised a kind-hearted schoolboy for his efforts to raise money for the charity Fareshare.

Ten-year-old Caleb Waterhouse wrote to the charity – which fights hunger and food waste – offering to raise money and explaining that he wants to be “just like” his hero Rashford.

The little lad has offered to volunteer for the charity in the school holidays and pledged to hand over two pairs of “Neymar football boots” to raise money.

He suggested that both Rashford and Neymar could sign the boots to make them more valuable when United play Paris Saint-Germain tomorro(December 2).

But when the Manchester United forward and FareShare ambassador found out about Caleb’s generous proposal, he made a counter offer.



Caleb’s letter to Fareshare

“Happy birthday Caleb, your mum must be very proud of you,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I tell you what, FareShare will get the boots to me, I’ll sign them and you get to keep them as a birthday gift from me to you. I’ll donate the money you would have raised.

“Thank you for being kind”.



Marcus Rashford visiting FareShare Greater Manchester with his mum

Caleb, who attends St Chad’s C Of E Primary Academy, in Brighouse, Yorkshire, also plans to hand over his favourite Harry Potter book for Rashford’s children’s book club so he can “give it to a child who might not have many books to read”.



Caleb Waterhouse, 10,

And the sweet little lad has even written to Blue Peter asking the programme makers to award Rashford a gold badge.

“I really hope he gets one because he has done lots of good things and makes me want to help people too so I think he deserves one,” he wrote.



Caleb with his mum Nicole Jones.

Delighted charity workers from Fareshare shared Caleb’s kind letter on Twitter.



Marcus Rashford helped volunteers at FareShare Greater Manchester during lockdown

They wrote: “A parcel arrived today and it was full of #kindness and inspiration @MarcusRashford

“Happy 10th Birthday Caleb #lockdownBirthday”

In the letter, penned just before Caleb’s tenth birthday yesterday, the primary school pupil says he wants to be “just like” his favourite footballer Rashford and asked if he could volunteer with the charity.



Caleb Waterhouse, 10, of Brighouse

“Because I am at school during the week I would have to come help in the school holidays,” he wrote.

The youngster says his mum will take a day off work to come and help too and has promised to collect food for donations.

When offering up his boots, Caleb wrote: “If you can give them to Marcus Rashford both him and Neymar might be able to sign them and then I bet they will raise more money.



Caleb

“Fareshare, me or Marcus Rashford could raffle them, whichever is best to get more money for Fareshare.

“When I have volunteered at Fareshare I will go back and tell all my family and friends about it so that more people know about the things that you do and how they can do things to help too.

“This might make people more aware of food poverty and want to help.

“If I can raise awareness then I will be helping Marcus on his mission.”



A mural of Marcus Rashford by street artist Akse has been painted on the wall of the Coffee House Cafe in Withington

Caleb’s mum, Nicole Jones, later replied to Rashford’s tweet.

She wrote: “Thank you Marcus, I wasn’t on twitter so had to create an account to say how grateful Caleb is.

“He says this is the best birthday present ever and has gone to bed a very happy boy.

“He will continue to support you on what he calls ‘Marcus’ mission’. You are inspirational x”

Nicole, from Halifax, told the M.E.N that Caleb was delighted with his personal message from Marcus.

“That special message certainly blew my presents out of the water! He was over the moon with it. Really excited.”



Caleb

The mum-of-two says Caleb has always been a kind little boy, but the pandemic has made him think more about other people.

“He’s been doing a few thoughtful things in lockdown because he knows some people are in a difficult position,” she said.

“So he sent some letters and gifts into the local care home for the residents. And last year Rashford ran a campaign for a homeless charity so Caleb has packed up a box for a homeless gentleman that we see at the supermarket.

“As he’s getting older Caleb is realising that not everyone is in the same position as we are. Some are a lot better off and some are a lot worse off.

“He’s been watching what Rashford has been doing.

“It’s really nice that he’s got such a good role model. Rashford is only a young lad himself – he’s a credit to his mum.”

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