May saw the Sunday Times release its annual Giving List for 2021, where those in the UK are ranked depending on their ‘Giving Index’. This index is calculated by dividing the total sum of an individual or group of individuals by their total wealth, giving a percentage figure.

But who exactly are these generous givers who come from all aspects of society? How did they earn their riches? And what forms of charity are they most interested in? Below, Silver Linings News devotes a separate article to take a look at each of those who made it into the top 20 of the list:

1) Marcus Rashford

At the top of this year’s record-breaking Sunday Times Giving List is Marcus Rashford MBE – the youngest ever person to be ranked at first place at the age of 24. The professional footballer, who plays for Manchester United and England’s national team, rose to the limelight not only for his profession, but also for his far-reaching campaigns in 2020 and 2021 against racism and child hunger.

In 2020, Rashford became an ambassador for the food charity FareShare, where he headed an initiative to provide free school meals to vulnerable children. His work raised £20m, providing four million meals to children across the country in June and July of 2020, while forcing a series of Government U-turns.

These Government U-turns led to Prime Minister Boris Johnson remarking “I’m grateful by the way to Marcus Rashford, who has highlighted the issue and is doing quite an effective job by comparison with (Sir Keir Starmer) in holding the Government to account for these issues.”

With a net worth of £16m, Rashford’s donations sum reaches an incredible 125% of his wealth.

Rashford’s remarkable achievements in his activism for British communities have rightfully brought him widespread recognition and praise, including an honorary doctorate from Manchester University and the BBC Personality of the Year Award’s Expert Panel Special Award.