Marcus Rashford has guest-edited a special issue of the Beano comic, as part of our NatWest Thrive with Marcus Rashford programme, created in partnership with the National Youth Agency.
The special edition has been created to encourage children to dream big. In his guest-edited comic, Marcus has been immortalised in Beano cartoon form and creates mischief and mayhem in comic strips alongside iconic characters such as Bananaman, Billy Whizz and The Bash Street Kids.
The special guest editorship is part of our NatWest Thrive with Marcus Rashford programme, which aims to help young people become more financially confident and realise their full potential through a series of interactive group workshops and peer-to-peer sessions. As well as the money confidence story in the comic, NatWest and Beano have created digital games and quizzes that children can play online at Beano.com to build their money confidence.
In his editor’s letter Marcus Rashford comments, "Yes, please!" That was my response when Beano got in touch and asked me if I’d like to edit my own special version of the comic. I jumped at the chance because this is a great opportunity for you to get to know me a little better and understand all the things that are important to me. I brought my friends from Macmillan Children’s Books and NatWest along for the journey too to help me pull together some exciting activities.
“Reading is one of my favourite things to do because it lets me dream. I see myself achieving so much more and I’m motivated to give new things a try. Reading is my true escape. My peace, and everyone should have the opportunity to find the joy in books, magazines, audiobooks or even this extra-special edition of Beano - my Beano!”
With every sale of this special issue, Beano will donate 20p to the Marcus Rashford Book Club, created in partnership with The National Literacy Trust and Macmillan Children’s Books to unlock reading for fun for as many children as possible.