Classy Leeds star Patrick Bamford donates £5k to fund iPads for primary school kids struggling to learn from home

LEEDS star Patrick Bamford has donated £5,000 to a school to help fund iPads for kids.

The classy footballer also sent a personal message for pupils at Beeston Primary School – near Leeds' Elland Road home.

Schools are shut to most children across the country amid the lockdown with some struggling to access remote learning.

And Bamford, 27, made the brilliant gesture before urging the kids to carry on working hard and exercising.

He said in his personalised message: "I've spoken to Mrs Tidey (Deputy Head) and whoever gets nominated by their teachers for working hard or doing their work to the best of their ability will win some form of prize."

Bamford turned down a scholarship at world-renowned Harvard University in the US to focus on football.


He can play four instruments and speak French, German and Spanish.

His messaged added: "I know these are hard times, whether you're homeschooling or adapting in your new bubble. I've heard you've been working really hard and doing really well.

"I know it can be tough to concentrate at the moment and I'm sure there's a lot of distractions going on.

"Just keep going because the tough times won't last and we'll all come through the other side and I'll be here supporting you.

"I'm sure a lot of you would rather be sat at home playing Playstation or watching TV but just remember that it helps to go outside and do a bit of exercise.

"Obviously it's frustrating at the moment you can't play with your friends but try and get out and do some form of exercise because it will help keep your mind and body healthy.

"Playstation is good for a little bit but don't overdo it and remember to do your exercise."

The Yorkshire Evening Post obtained a statement from the 'grateful' school.

It read: "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 £5000 for the school to invest in technology which can be loaned out.

"Thank you so much Patrick Bamford; we are all so grateful for your kindness."

Bamford helped lead Leeds to Premier League promotion last season.

The Yorkshire side are 12th in the table and Bamford has scored 10 goals – including a hat-trick at Aston Villa.

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