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Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford has made the front cover of a special Black Lives Matter-themed edition of British Vogue

The footballer, 22, shared a photo of the cover on Twitter and said he was ‘humbled’ to be recognised for his campaign to help vulnerable children that led to a government u-turn on free school meals. 

Rashford appears on the cover alongside mental health campaigner and model Adwoa Aboah. 

Editor Edward Enninful said the issue is a ‘rallying cry for the future’ and includes 40 activists described as ‘The Faces of Hope’.

The September issue is traditionally the fashion bible’s most important of the year. The Duchess of Sussex guest edited the issue 12 months ago.

Rashford partnered with FareShare, a poverty and food waste charity, in March and raised more than £20million to ensure children are provided with school meals during lockdown. 

However, with the government set to stop providing free school meals to around three million children over the summer, the Manchester United star wrote to MPs on June 15 imploring them to ‘protect the vulnerable’.

His poignant letter was widely shared and prompted a rapid government u-turn.  

He also shared his own experience of growing up poor and, in his interview with Vogue, said: ‘I would have failed everyone that had helped me get to where I am today if I didn’t put myself out there and say: ”This is not ok – and it needs to change.” In fact, I would have failed my 10 year old self.’ 

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford features on the cover of Vogue's September issue alongside mental health campaigner and model Adwoa Aboah and 18 other global activists described as 'the faces of hope'

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford features on the cover of Vogue’s September issue alongside mental health campaigner and model Adwoa Aboah and 18 other global activists described as ‘the faces of hope’

The footballer, 22, shared a photo of the cover on Twitter and said he was 'humbled' to be recognised for his campaign to help vulnerable children

The footballer, 22, shared a photo of the cover on Twitter and said he was ‘humbled’ to be recognised for his campaign to help vulnerable children

Other activists highlighted include Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Windrush campaigner Patrick Vernon and Doreen Lawrence, founder of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

The issue was curated by Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue. 

The photos of Rashford and the other activists were taken by Misan Harriman, the first black male photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in its 104-year history. 

It comes after the Black Lives Matter movement spread around the globe following the horrific killing of George Floyd by police. 

Mr Enninful himself said he was racially profiled in July when he was refused entry to Vogue House in Mayfair by a guard who not only failed to recognise him, but who also told him to use the tradesmen’s entrance at the back of the building.  

Speaking to Sky News today about the incident, Mr Enninful said:  ‘It wasn’t an isolated incident. Of course, it takes you back to all those moments in your life when that sort of thing has happened. 

‘It’s important that something like this did happen, because it reminds me never to think I am too well-known or too established, because to somebody you are another black person.’

For Rashford, it is the latest form of recognition after his campaign to protect the vulnerable generated headlines worldwide. 

The footballer highlighted how his own experience growing up in Wythenshawe, south Manchester, drove his desire to help the less fortunate.

Speaking to Vogue, Rashford said: ‘As an athlete, failure is a part of everyday life. You lose a game, you bounce back for the next one. You lose in a cup final, you come back stronger next season.

‘In this case, the failure would have been me not standing up for all of those people that didn’t have a voice.

Vogue editor Edward Enninful (pictured at Somerset House in November 2016) revealed that he was a victim of 'racial profiling' at his own office

Vogue editor Edward Enninful (pictured at Somerset House in November 2016) revealed that he was a victim of ‘racial profiling’ at his own office

Rashford, who has been an inspiration with his charity work, was left humbled by the moment

Rashford, who has been an inspiration with his charity work, was left humbled by the moment

‘This was an issue I could relate to. ‘This was something I had experienced. That my mum had experienced. That we had experienced as a family.

 ‘I always swore to my mum that if one day I was in a position to help, then I would, and an opportunity presented itself. I took a risk, yes. But I reduced the risk by educating myself. I had listened and I had spoken to those most affected. 

‘I had been working with FareShare since before the lockdown so had seen first-hand how parents had become reliant on foodbanks and the support of the food vouchers.

‘I had been listening to stories from parents, carers, headteachers and my partner FareShare for weeks and I felt a responsibility to give them the opportunity to share their stories and have their voice heard. 

‘People were talking but no one was really listening. I’m by no means a politician but I had a voice and a platform that could be used to at least ask the questions.’

Rashford earned plaudits for his campaign and will even receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester, the youngest recipient in the award’s history.

However, the footballer insisted that his focus remained on helping those who need it. 

Just days after the end of the Premier League he posted a series of photos on Instagram of him and FairShare at a factory loading up food.

Rashford lent a helping hand at a FareShare factory soon after the Premier League finished

Rashford lent a helping hand at a FareShare factory soon after the Premier League finished 

Rashford earned plaudits for his campaign and will even receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester

Rashford earned plaudits for his campaign and will even receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester

He told Vogue: ‘Plenty of athletes and clubs work within the communities. You might not always hear about it but that doesn’t mean they aren’t. 

‘With me, it has been instilled in me from a young age that I would use my voice to help others and I have a great team around me who have always encouraged me to just be myself. 

‘On a sensitive subject like this, being myself was enough, because nobody could tell my childhood story better than me.’

‘Not many people can disagree [with the fact] that children should not be skipping meals and going to bed hungry. 

‘When the U-turn came, I was shocked. We had had little communication from the key decision-makers up until that point, but my shock soon turned into pride.

‘British people care, and we showed the real power of us coming together to make a difference to so many lives. 

‘Should we have had to do it? Absolutely not. But we showed that we have compassion for each other, at a time when we were somewhat divided.’

The footballer also explained how he was inspired by the spread of activism and demonstrations that followed the killing of George Floyd. 

His death sparked anger around the world, with the Black Lives Matter movement holding protests in several major cities, including in the UK. 

Rashford said: ‘I’m a Black man from a Black family and I will eventually have Black children. I want my children to grow up in a world where regardless of the colour of your skin you have the same opportunities to succeed in life. 

‘No one person is more important than the other. The beauty of the government U-turn was that we all came together as one – regardless of race, sex, religion, background. 

‘We all agreed that our children should be looked after – all of our children. We were together in that feeling. 

‘That was a powerful moment. I don’t think I’ve felt pride like that before.

‘[But] we are only scratching the surface of the problem. 

‘Child poverty is a huge problem in the UK. With the U-turn we bought ourselves a bit of time. The food voucher scheme is far from perfect but it’s a start. 

‘Access to food is the most basic of human needs and the systems in place aren’t always designed to support our most vulnerable. 

‘We need a framework in place that is sustainable in supporting the families and the children that need access to food supplies, especially coming out of this pandemic with unemployment so high.

‘I’m having the conversations, I’m asking the questions and hopefully we can keep moving this forward in a positive direction.

 ‘No child in this country should be going hungry… end of story.’

British Vogue said the issue is an ‘ode to the extraordinary voices, the majority of whom are women, who have been critical to driving change’.

Aboah, 28, said: ‘For some time it’s felt to me to have been quite a box-ticking approach to racial justice, mental health, sustainability. Now I have hope it’s changing. I don’t think you’re going to get away with just spraying perfume on the situation anymore.’

Vogue’s Hope issue is a collaboration between all 26 editions of the magazine around the world for the September and October issues.

It marks the first time in Vogue’s 128-year history that all editions are consolidating under a singular editorial theme.

The September issue of British Vogue will be available on newsstands and digital download on Friday August 7.

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‘You daft motherf****r!’: Shocking moment Starbucks customer erupts in furious foul-mouthed rant

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A Starbucks customer has been caught erupting into a furious foul-mouthed rant after a server ‘spilled coffee on him’.

The driver got out of his car at a drive-thru in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, before repeatedly calling a female staffer a ‘sl*t’.

Footage of the verbal attack was posted to social media on Wednesday with viewers slamming the man’s response to allegedly having coffee spilled on him.

The clip, which is a minute-and-a-half long, was taken by the driver’s passenger and showed him ranting at a Starbucks worker while standing outside of his car.

The driver (pictured left) got out of his car at a drive-thru in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, before repeatedly calling a female staffer a 'sl*t'

The driver (pictured left) got out of his car at a drive-thru in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, before repeatedly calling a female staffer a ‘sl*t’

The worker calmly leaned against the drive-thru’s window frame as he listened to the customer’s vicious tirade of foul-language and insults. 

The customer shouts: ‘I bought a coffee. She was holding it from the top. She splashed the lid. You daft motherf***er.’

The worker quickly interrupted him with ‘there’s no need to swear’ but it did little to stem the angry customer’s rant.

The man added: ‘She splashed the lid and it’s burnt my hand. Do you understand.;

The worker calmly leaned against the drive-thru's window frame as he listened to the customer's vicious tirade of foul-language and insults

The worker calmly leaned against the drive-thru’s window frame as he listened to the customer’s vicious tirade of foul-language and insults

The worker continued to explain that he would ‘sort it’, but the customer was not appeased.

‘You understand you daft motherf***er. It burned my hand,’ he said. ‘That’s not no hire car that’s cash paid. Tell that s**t it’s cash paid.’

The worker said: ‘Alright but no swearing. We’ll sort this out.’

The customer shouted louder, saying: ‘You’ve burned my f***ing hand. You understand. You’re telling me it’s my f***ing fault. You’re serving me. You’ve handed the coffee out. You’ve burned my f***ing hand. Are you f***ing listening.’

The employee said: ‘I haven’t burned your hand. I’m just trying to sort it out but then you’re calling me a fat f**k.’

The female staff member - thought to be the object of his fury - then appeared at the window and shouted something inaudible at the man

The driver continued to call her a 'sl**' before getting into his car and slamming the door

The female staff member – thought to be the object of his fury – then appeared at the window and shouted something inaudible at the man

Pointing to his car the man said: ‘Too right we’re going to sort this out. Look at what she’s done. You’re going to pay for that as well. It’s not a hire car it’s cash paid.’  

The female staff member – thought to be the object of his fury – then appeared at the window and shouted something inaudible at the man. 

The driver continued to call her a ‘sl**’ before getting into his car and slamming the door. 

The woman tried to argue back and he said: ‘Come here you little sl**.’ 

The manager then told the man to drive ‘around the front’ of the shop where they could solve the issue out of the way of other customers. 

The clip, which is a minute-and-a-half long, was taken by the driver's passenger and showed him ranting at a Starbucks worker

The clip, which is a minute-and-a-half long, was taken by the driver’s passenger and showed him ranting at a Starbucks worker

He said: ‘This is a f***ing hundred grand motor. Are you going to pay me. I’m going around front.’ 

The explosive scene was shared on Facebook yesterday by user Sian Banham who called the man’s actions ‘vile.’ 

Her thoughts were echoed by hundreds of other people. Julie Kearney wrote: ‘Pure d***, accidents happen.’ 

‘Should have jumped the counter and nutted him.’ Donna Morgan added: ‘The first time he swore and called her slag those windows would have been closed. 

‘He was so aggressive I actually would have called the police.

Wayne Hills wrote: ‘God he had patience I would have knocked him out rude t***.’ 

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Lonely widower left in tears after THOUSANDS of strangers from all over the world get in touch 

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A lonely OAP who put up a poster asking for friends after his wife died has been inundated with thousands of calls and emails from people who want to be his pal.

Tony Williams, 75, has received so many emails they crashed his inbox and he has had 100s of phone calls from new friends around the world.

People from America, Germany, Holland, Australia, Egypt, India and Japan have been in touch inviting him on road trips to the US or for an afternoon drinking G&Ts.

Others have offered Tony, a retired physicist lunches, phone calls and for their kids to adopt him as a grandfather.

Lonely Tony Williams, 75, who lives in Alton, East Hampshire, has received so many emails they crashed his inbox and he has had 100s of phone calls from new friends around the world

Lonely Tony Williams, 75, who lives in Alton, East Hampshire, has received so many emails they crashed his inbox and he has had 100s of phone calls from new friends around the world

Tony, who lives in Alton, East Hampshire, said: ‘The love and compassion people have shown has actually brought tears to my eyes.

‘People have sent me the most delightful emails. They’ve sent me pictures of their kids, their pets, told me about their aspirations and telling me they are thinking of me.

‘I got an email from a local teacher asking if children in her class could write me letters.

‘I got in touch with her straight away and said it would be delightful. I would love that.

Tony said he was left without anyone to speak to after his wife Jo, 75, passed away in May, just nine days after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Tony said he was left without anyone to speak to after his wife Jo, 75, passed away in May, just nine days after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Tony's neighbours said they have offered to help him - but he wants a friend of his own age to pass the time

Tony’s neighbours said they have offered to help him – but he wants a friend of his own age to pass the time

People have even been phoning Mr Williams from Canada and the United States.

‘One lady phoned up and said if I get on a plane sometime she would pick me up and show me her area of Florida.

‘Another lady who lives relatively nearby has invited me round for a G&T which I’ll be keen to do.

‘I’ve had others reach out from Germany, Holland, Australia, Egypt, India and Japan. It’s just been gorgeous.

He would often be sat at home willing the phone to ring - 'but it never does' - and he said he feels 'cursed' by loneliness. Pictured: Tony now receives calls from Canada and the United States

He would often be sat at home willing the phone to ring – ‘but it never does’ – and he said he feels ‘cursed’ by loneliness. Pictured: Tony now receives calls from Canada and the United States

‘When I started responding they were coming in thick and fast. I would say about four or five a minute.

‘The thing is, I can’t respond now, as my email account seems to have crashed. A red message came up saying there was some sort of error and it needs to be reset.’

Tony and late wife Jo moved near to Alton last year so Jo could be closer to her sister, Beryl, 73.

But he said he was left without anyone to speak to after his wife Jo, 75, passed away in May, just nine days after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Tony married Jo, a secretary, A marriage to a woman he met at University College London (UCL) broke down, and in 1982 he married Jo, a secretary

Tony married Jo, a secretary, A marriage to a woman he met at University College London (UCL) broke down, and in 1982 he married Jo, a secretary

They were unable to have children and he said he often sat at home willing the phone to ring – ‘but it never does’ – and he said he feels ‘cursed’ by loneliness.

Tony’s neighbours said they have offered to help him – but he wants a friend of his own age to pass the time.

Without any family nearby, Tony put two adverts in his local newspaper looking for a friend to chat to, but didn’t get any replies.

In a bid to find a pal to listen to music with, or just chat in the garden, Tony had business cards made, to hand out when he went to the supermarket or out for a walk.

Chatty Tony handed out dozens without receiving a call back, so decided to put a poster up in his window asking for pals.

But now, after spending a summer ‘waiting for the phone to ring’, Tony has been swamped by the responses.

He is enjoying chatting on the phone to strangers – now friends – from around the world, and plans to meet up with his new pals once Covid restrictions allow.

‘I’ve just been completely overwhelmed and am so thankful for it all,’ he said. 

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Heartbreaking moment vintage £60,000 pink VW camper van is submerged by sea water

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These dramatic photos show the heart-breaking moment a businesswoman’s vintage VW Camper worth £60,000 got stuck on a beach and covered by the incoming tide.

Owner Kitty Orme, 41, said it was ‘devastating’ to watch as her pride and joy, which dates back to 1978, was swallowed up by the waves during a promotional photo-shoot.

Photos show the beautiful pink motor in five feet of water, with just the top of it peering above the waterline on Black Rock Sands in North Wales.

Pictured: The heartbreaking moment the vintage £60,000 pink VW camper van is submerged by sea water after it got stuck on the beach during a promotional photo shoot in North Wales

Pictured: The heartbreaking moment the vintage £60,000 pink VW camper van is submerged by sea water after it got stuck on the beach during a promotional photo shoot in North Wales

The van, dubbed Birdie by its owner Ms Orme, has been completely destroyed by the sea water

The van, dubbed Birdie by its owner Ms Orme, has been completely destroyed by the sea water

The vehicle and the van towing it were submerged in more than five feet of water on the beach

The vehicle and the van towing it were submerged in more than five feet of water on the beach

Owner Kitty Orme uses the van for photo shoots during weddings and the incident came as a second devastating blow after her business already suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic

Owner Kitty Orme uses the van for photo shoots during weddings and the incident came as a second devastating blow after her business already suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic

Luckily it didn’t float away and could be retrieved from the beach in North Wales after the tide went back out, however, Ms Orme said it has still been ‘destroyed’.

The incident happened on Tuesday, when Ms Orme was hosting a promotional photoshoot on the beach with her car, which she affectionately named Birdie.

She went to move the Camper at around 4pm when the tide started coming in but was unable to because the wheels were stuck in the sand.

Ms Orme enlisted the help of locals to try and help tow her to safety, but their efforts were in vain and all she could do was watch as the water submerged the car.

It was recovered hours later close to midnight.

Ms Orme said: ‘It was absolutely horrendous to see. That Camper is my pride and joy and so important to me, to see it end up like that was heartbreaking.’

Ms Orme uses uses the vehicle as a photo booth and for photo shoots at weddings

Ms Orme uses uses the vehicle as a photo booth and for photo shoots at weddings

The bright pink VW campervan was wrecked when a wedding instagram shoot went wrong

The bright pink VW campervan was wrecked when a wedding instagram shoot went wrong

Ms Orme has set up a crowdfunding page to help cover the costs of the incident this week

Ms Orme has set up a crowdfunding page to help cover the costs of the incident this week

Ms Orme uses Birdie as a photo booth on wheels and travels the country to weddings and festivals.

Her business was hit hard by the pandemic and Tuesday’s incident has served as a second devastating blow.

She said: ‘Wedding suppliers are already in a dreadful position, being unable to work and know when weddings of larger numbers will happen again.

‘The accident on Tuesday is going to effect many people.’

Because Ms Orme was hosting a shoot a number of traders had their valuable bespoke items on board, lots of which were destroyed by the water.

She has set up a crowdfunding page to help raise money for all those affected and to show their gratitude to the coastguard who helped them recover the vehicle.

Donate here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-birdie

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