During the coronavirus outbreak, Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford was made an MBE for services to disabled children in the UK-and dedicated the award to his mum.
In June, the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours list was due to be released, but was put back to allow nominations during the first months of the crisis for individuals playing vital roles.
Rashford, 22, successfully lobbied the government during the lockdown for a U-turn on its free school meals program, ensuring that children in need can receive meals during the summer.
The England forward, who won the Professional Footballers' Association merit award for his contributions during September, has since formed a task force for child food insecurity, engaging with some of the biggest supermarkets and food brands in the country.
Rashford promised to continue his battle for protecting the most disadvantaged children, focusing on its MBE.
"I am profoundly honored and humbled. I never thought I would consider an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22, as a young black man from Wythenshawe," Rashford said in a statement via Manchester United.