A young Barrow AFC fan has launched a campaign to support the town’s Foodbank.

Eight-year-old Joshua Hewson announced his ‘Barrow United’ campaign after being inspired by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford.

After noting what the England star has done for the nation’s Foodbanks throughout 2020, Joshua decided to do some fantastic work of his own.

The Mail:

Paul Hewson, Joshua’s dad, said: “He was asking me questions about Marcus Rashford and why he was on the news all the time.

“So we sat down and explained to him what he was trying to achieve through it.

“I likened it to when school children send shoe boxes to kids in different countries, but would not be able to do it due to Covid-19.

“So, he asked me ‘Could we do it with food then instead?’ and that’s where it came from.”

Joshua, supported by Barrow AFC Community Trust, is now appealing for schools to donate items to for special hampers, which will be delivered directly to the Foodbank.

The Mail:

Already, Joshua has inspired 10 local schools to sign-up and help the determined youngster with his campaign.

As a result of this, Mr Hewson has highlighted his pride.

He said: “Both me and his mum are very proud of him.

“He has been like this since an early age."

Barrow AFC Community Trust Manager Craig Rutherford said: “We’ve already got a strong line-up of schools in the Barrow United squad but we’d love even more to sign-up over the next week and let’s help Joshua make a real difference to the Foodbank this Christmas.”

School years three to six are being asked to collect and bring items to their school.

Christmas cake, selection boxes and mince pies are some of the items wanted, with many more listed.

Deadline for donations will be November 25 with Barrow staff collecting the items on November 26 and 27.

If you think your school could be help the Barrow United appeal, email c.rutherford@barrowafc.com.