Saints legend James Beattie has donated 10 iPads to St. Mary’s CE Primary School, ensuring that pupils can access home schooling during this difficult period of lockdown.
With the lack of access to IT equipment threatening children's learning during this period of home schooling, James reached out to Saints Foundation to ask if there was anything he could do to help.
As part of the Saints As One campaign, we were pleased to connect him with one of our Premier League Primary Stars schools, St. Mary's CE Primary School. They have been actively seeking support to ensure their pupils can access their teaching online when at home, and after hearing their plight, James kindly came forward with the offer of 10 iPads for the school to distribute to pupils who need them most.
Sandra Miller, Interim Headteacher at St. Mary’s CE Primary, thanked James for his generosity. “During this lockdown, we’ve needed to make sure that children who are not in school can access the internet.
“Being in the backyard of St. Mary’s Stadium, we sought out the support of Saints Foundation and were delighted when they connected us with James. His kind offer of 10 iPads will make a huge difference in supporting our pupils. Thank you.”
James Beattie commented: “I wanted to help to make a difference. It’s obvious that so many schools and children across the city and beyond need support at the moment, so I’m really pleased to be able to help in some way. To be able to contribute gives me so much fulfilment, and, most importantly, I really hope that the donation helps those most in need to continue with their learning.”
Head of Saints Foundation Greg Baker added: “James is such a great guy, who is always willing to help out when and how he can. He truly cares about our local community, so it was a pleasure to link him up with St Mary’s in order to help him make such a generous donation.”
St. Mary’s CE Primary is appealing for further support to make sure that their pupils don’t miss important schooling during this lockdown. If you can help out in any way, please contact Kevin Brown, School Business Manager, via the link below.