Joe Cole has admitted that teaching his kids is “tough” because he learns to teach them at home during the coronavirus lock.
The former England and Chelsea star, 38, urged the country to support our NHS staff who work tirelessly to treat those who contracted the virus after donating £ 25,000 to fundraisers this week heroes.
Now the father of three, who have tried to keep his children busy playing football in the yard, has called on local businesses to offer their services to support medical personnel in need.
‘Challenging’: Joe Cole has admitted that teaching his kids is ‘tough’ when he learns to teach them at home during the lockdown (pictured with his now ten-year-old daughter Ruby)
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Joe, who is the father of daughter Ruby, ten, and sons Harrison, seven, and Max, four, said, “I’ve been out in the yard with the kids most of the time.
“Having time with family can be great. But I found education difficult. Support the teachers because it is really difficult.
“Trying to let your own kids sit down and do their job – three different levels, one four-year-old learning to write and count his name and letters.
“The 10-year-old is very smart, so it’s hard for me to keep my head on it. It has been a challenge. But I love to spend as much time with the kids as possible. ‘
‘We support the NHS’: former England and Chelsea star has urged the country to support our health workers after donating £ 25,000 to fundraising heroes this week
Joe, who has become an ambassador for heroes founded by health professionals, explained that his involvement in the initiative started after he and his wife Carly looked for ways to help those struggling with front-line resources.
He said, “Well, it all happened organically from friends and family at our children’s school, it was an initiative of nurses and doctors on the front lines and it gathered momentum from there.
“Carly and I were looking for ways to help for weeks and weeks, we really wanted to get to the core of the matter.
“I wanted to make our donation, Carly and I immediately paid £ 25,000 and after that we engaged our contacts throughout my football career and in the industry and the reception we’ve had is incredible.
Helping hand: Joe, who has become an ambassador for heroes, founded by medical workers, called on his contacts from his football career to donate (pictured for Chelsea in 2009)
Nutrition: Medical staff at Guy’s Hospital in London received warm soup to help them get through their busy days as a result of the Heroes initiative
“It is now north of 75K that has been raised in three or four days.
“Some of the things we did, for example, a friend of mine, Tom Sellers, a Michelin-starred chef and owner of Restaurant Story, got engaged and we sent some meals to Guy’s hospital today.
“Estée Lauder donated 500 masks and we were able to pass that on.
“We want Heroes to be a place you can go through and we can connect you to things, whether it’s money – but we want to turn the money into something tangible.
“We want this to be a vehicle people can drive through, so send a message to Instagram and no matter how small it is, we can make good use of it.”
The Londoner, who played for Chelsea and West Ham in his career, said, “There are so many good people working in the background and you are proud to be British.
“We want NHS employees to know that we support them as a country.”
‘100 meals went to Guy’s Hospital’: Joe contacted London companies, such as Chef Tom Sellers restaurant Story, to donate their services to the frontline
Joe said his boys Harrison and Max missed football after the Premier League was postponed during the corona virus outbreak.
He said, “Both boys just played soccer in the yard.
Harry watches old Chelsea games because he’s so obsessed with football.
“He flushed all the old games on Sky Planner, he asked me about players I played with 15 years ago and even I forgot!
“Like so many, many men and boys, he really misses football.”
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Family man: The former footballer said he and model woman Carly (photo with their daughter Ruby in 2011) wanted to help those in need on the front lines