Marcus Rashford's family speak about difficult childhood

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Piers Morgan, 55, put his breakfast show rivalry aside for a second as he stopped in his tracks to congratulate BBC Breakfast’s Sally Nugent, 49, who picked up a gong at the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards 2021, which took place in a virtual ceremony yesterday. It comes after the sports presenter spoke to Manchester United football player Marcus Rashford back in June about his experience of growing up in poverty, and how it urged him to pioneer the provision of free school meals for families facing increasing financial difficulties amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Congrats Sally, great scoop

Piers Morgan

His efforts were successful, having met with Boris Johnson who then declared around 1.3 million children in England will benefit from the scheme.

Taking to Twitter to announce her excitement at her big win, Sally thanked her team for their hard work in filming the interview.

“Thrilled to win ⁦@RTS_media Scoop of the Year for our work on Free School Meals,” she penned.

“Thankyou to driving force ⁦@ClaireRyanSport⁩, editor ⁦@BBCFrediani⁩ and everyone @BBCBreakfast⁩.”

She added: “And thank you @MarcusRashford⁩ for trusting us to tell your story.”

It wasn’t long before fans began rushing to the comments section to toast her honour, with a surprising message from the Good Morning Britain host.

Piers has been an avid supporter of Rashford’s campaign, using his platform to slam Health Secretary Matt Hancock on multiple occasions for not protecting the UK’s poorest and most vulnerable children.

As the footballer was pictured working at food shelters while he wasn’t training, Piers was in the background cheering him on for every move he made.

So, it was only natural he congratulate the journalist behind the moving interview, where he delved into his own first hand experiences of growing up in poverty and the reason behind his motivation to roll out the scheme.

“Congrats Sally, great scoop,” Piers wrote, cheering the sports presenter on as she thanked him for his kind words.

Her BBC Breakfast co-star and Piers’ fiercest rival Dan Walker, was also among those who sent their love following her success.

Although he had sent a sweet message earlier in the day on the BBC show, the presenter admitted he was distracted by her choice of footwear for the prestigious ceremony last night.

Alongside her caption, Sally posed with a glass of champagne sitting on her staircase in a sleek black outfit, which she had paired with fluffy sheepskin slippers for the occasion.

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The BBC Breakfast host couldn’t resist making a joke, taking to the comments section of Sally’s tweet, writing: “Forget that… what about those slippers!!! #SlippersOfTheYear.”

After spotting his witty remark, his pal explained that she was wearing the slippers as a tribute.

She wrote back: “That’s my little tribute to [winking face emoji].”

It is unclear who Sally was paying tribute to with the comfy accessory… perhaps former BBC Breakfast guest Stormzy, who made headlines after he famously turned up on-air in his slippers after having accidentally forgotten to change out of them before he got into a taxi to the studio.

Fans took to the comments section of Dan’s tweet to share their thoughts on Sally’s loungewear for the glamorous occasion.

One person wrote: “Are they at least stiletto slippers?”

Another added: “Lockdown awards ceremonies!! Well done Sally, well deserved.”

BBC Breakfast and Good Morning Britian air weekdays at 6am on BBC One and ITV.

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