Rio Ferdinand credits his inspiring mother with being recognized in the Queen’s Honors list

ferdinand river has credited his late mother ‘inspiring’ when he shared his gratitude for being recognized in The QueenBirthday honors list on Thursday.

The 43-year-old Manchester United legend, who set up the Rio Ferdinand Foundation to support young people in disadvantaged communities, has received an OBE from the British monarch for his work.

He took to social media to address the award in a lengthy speech as he thanked the Queen and those involved with the charity.

'I can't handle this alone': Rio Ferdinand, 43, credited his 'inspiring' mother when he shared his gratitude for being recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honors list on Thursday

‘I can’t handle this alone’: Rio Ferdinand, 43, credited his ‘inspiring’ mother when he shared his gratitude for being recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list on Thursday

Rio has worked to raise awareness of breast cancer after his wife Rebecca died of the disease aged 34 in 2015, which was tragically followed by the death of his mother, Janice St Fort, from it. disease at age 58 in 2017.

In a video posted to her Instagram, Rio began, “I want to say a huge thank you to the queen and everyone who put me on this year’s honor roll.”

“But I can’t sit here and take this award on my own, I think the support I’ve had from everyone within the foundation has played its part, the young people who have been helped as well.”

Honour: Rio, who established the Rio Ferdinand Foundation to support young people in disadvantaged communities, was rewarded by the British monarch for his charity work (The Queen pictured on Thursday)

Honour: Rio, who established the Rio Ferdinand Foundation to support young people in disadvantaged communities, was rewarded by the British monarch for his charity work (The Queen pictured on Thursday)

Sweet: Explained: My mother (Janice St Fort, pictured) was the inspiration behind this foundation.  She admired her, her willingness to help other people.

Sweet: Explained: My mother (Janice St Fort, pictured) was the inspiration behind this foundation. She admired her, her willingness to help other people.

He continued: ‘My mother was the inspiration behind this foundation. She admired her, her willingness to help other people, the need and desire to change people’s perspectives and lives in terms of opportunities.

‘Have the will and desire to do that and keep pushing. Keep asking corporations, different councils, members of parliament to help young people to have dreams and the possibility to help realize those dreams.

“No matter how big or small, but to have that dream in your life, we think it’s very important for everyone who walks this earth to have something to focus on and really get their bearings.”

“But you also need a framework, the structure to do that and that’s what our foundation is all about.”

Tragic: Rio has worked to raise awareness of breast cancer after his wife Rebecca (pictured) died of the disease aged 34 in 2015, which was tragically followed by the death of his mother, Janice St Fort, for the same disease at age 58.  in 2017

Tragic: Rio has worked to raise awareness of breast cancer after his wife Rebecca (pictured) died of the disease aged 34 in 2015, which was tragically followed by the death of his mother, Janice St Fort, for the same disease at age 58. in 2017

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Incredible: He said, “No matter how big or small, but to have that dream in your life, we think it’s very important for everyone who walks this earth to have something to focus on.”

The former footballer went on to discuss his upbringing, adding: “It’s important to note the community I grew up in, in Peckham, south London, was a huge part of shaping who I was and who I am.”

‘All the people who have played a role in my life growing up, but also that community also has to really enjoy these kinds of awards. Without that community, without Peckham, I wouldn’t be doing this.

Having the career that I have had also gave me the foundation to go out and fulfill dreams, travel the world playing football and the leverage to be able to set up a foundation and continue what we have been doing for ten years.

He concluded: ‘More than 10,000 children have passed through it and continue to pass through it. We didn’t do it for this kind of praise, but when it comes it gives you a push to say “yes, I’m being recognized for doing the right things”, so I’m going to continue and thank you very much. ‘

Foundation: It concluded: 'More than 10,000 children have gone through and continue to go through this.  We didn't do it for this kind of praise'

Foundation: It concluded: ‘More than 10,000 children have gone through and continue to go through this. We didn’t do it for this kind of praise’

Giving thanks: In a caption, he added:

Giving thanks: In a caption, he added: “I am also very grateful for the efforts of everyone involved in the Rio Ferdinand Foundation.”

Below the video, he also left a heartfelt message, adding: “I am also very appreciative of the efforts of everyone involved with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, especially Gary Stannett and Rhiannon Watts, who have worked with me in a variety of roles since the Foundation.” . started over ten years ago, and Victoria Lowe, who has driven our work in Manchester for a number of years.

This year’s winners are said to reflect the “invaluable” qualities of the monarch ahead of her Platinum Jubilee and have been recognized for their contributions to youth engagement, the environment and sustained public service.

Speaking about the Jubilee list, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “This historic Platinum Jubilee is not just a celebration of the monarch but of the qualities she possesses.

“The honors it bestows this week reflect many of those qualities that have been invaluable in all walks of life and in communities across the UK.

“I pay tribute to all of this year’s winners. Their stories of courage and compassion are an inspiration to all of us.’

Recognized: This year's winners are said to reflect the monarch's 'invaluable' qualities ahead of her Platinum Jubilee and have been recognized for their contributions to youth engagement.

Recognized: This year’s winners are said to reflect the monarch’s ‘invaluable’ qualities ahead of her Platinum Jubilee and have been recognized for their contributions to youth engagement.

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