Patrick Bamford’s main concern is to score goals for Leeds United, but when he heard that some children at Beeston Primary School were struggling with their learning in lockdown he stepped forward to help.
Patrick donated £5,000 of his own money to pay for children to get online and he also recorded a message for every child in the school. One parent told us:
“The kids were so excited to see the message Patrick had recorded for them all. It certainly got my son motivated to get his work done.”
In his message Patrick talked about the importance of school work, but also getting out to get some regular exercise, and he had these encouraging words:
“I know it can be tough to concentrate at the moment guys, I’m sure there’s a lot of distractions going on, whether you’re at home or at school. Just keep going because the tough times won’t last and we’ll all come through the other side and I’ll be here, all the way, supporting you all.”
Patrick also launched a school competition to design a special certificate to be awarded to children who are nominated as Star Learners by their teachers each week. Patrick will judge the competition and sign the certificates.
The school overlooks Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium and has good links with the club. In a statement the school said:
“We are absolutely blown away by his generosity. When he learned how many children and families are struggling to access remote learning at home he personally donated £5,000 for the school to invest in technology which can be loaned out. This will fund 20 new iPads. These have been ordered and will soon be on their way to those who are most in need.
“Patrick’s generosity has not stopped there and he is really keen to keep a special link with Beeston Primary School. He has recorded a personalised message for our children and will keep in close contact to learn more about which children and families are doing their very best to be positive and keep learning during this lockdown. Patrick knows how important it is to have a Growth Mindset and not to give up – even when times are tough – and he wants to play his part in motivating us all.
“Thank you so much Patrick Bamford; we are all so grateful for your kindness.”