Joe Cole has admitted that he is a teacher for his kids is "tough" when he learns to teach them at home coronavirus lockdown.
The former England and Chelsea star, 38, urged the country to come behind us NHS employees who work tirelessly to treat those who have received the virus, after donating £ 25,000 to fundraisers this week.
Now, the three-father, who has been trying to keep the kids entertained by playing football with them in the garden, has urged local businesses to volunteer their services to support medical personnel in need.
& # 39; Challenging & # 39 ;: Joe Cole has admitted that he was a teacher for his kids & # 39; tough & # 39; when he learns to teach them at home during lockdown (picture with his now ten-year-old daughter Ruby)
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Joe, who is the daughter of daughter Ruby, ten, and sons Harrison, seven, and Max, four, said: "I've been out in the garden with the kids most of the time.
It can be beautiful to have time with your family. But I have found the education side of it tough. Helps the teachers because it is very tough.
& # 39; Trying to get your own kids to sit down and do their job – three different levels, one boy is four who learns to write their name & letters and count.
10-year-old, she is very light, so it's hard for me to get my head around. It has been challenging. But I have loved spending as much time with the kids as I can. & # 39;
& # 39; We support the NHS & # 39;: The former England and Chelsea star has urged the country to get behind the health staff after donating £ 25,000 to fundraisers this week
Joe, who has become an ambassador for heroes founded by health professionals, explained that his dedication to 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 in elementary school. It was an initiative started by nurses and doctors in the front line and its overall speed from there.
& # 39; Carly and I were looking for ways to help for weeks, we really wanted to get to the heart of it.
I wanted to make our donation, Carly and I put in £ 25,000 right away, and then we engaged our contacts throughout my football career and the industry and reception we have had is incredible.
Helping hand: Joe, who has become an ambassador for medical-founded heroes, asked his football career contacts to donate (the picture playing for Chelsea in 2009)
Nutrition: Medical staff at Guy's Hospital in London received hot soup to help them get through the busy days as a result of the Heroes initiative
& # 39; It's north of 75K now that has been raised in three or four days.
Some of the things we did, such as a friend of mine Tom Sellers, who is a Michelin star chef and owner of the Story restaurant, he engaged and we sent some meals to Guy's Hospital today.
& # 39; Estée Lauder has donated 500 stitches, and we have been able to continue that.
& # 39; We want heroes to be a place to go, and we can tie you to things, whether monetary – but we're looking to turn the money into something tangible.
"We want this to be a vehicle that people can go through, so send the message to Instagram and how small it is that we can use it to good use."
Londoners, who played for Chelsea and West Ham in their careers, said: & # 39; There are so many great people working in the background, and it makes you proud to be British.
& # 39; We want NHS workers to know that we support them as a country. & # 39;
& # 39; 100 meals went to Guy's Hospital & # 39; Joe has reached out to London businesses, such as restaurant Story owned by chef Tom Sellers, to donate their services to the front line
Joe said the Harrison and Max boys missed football after the Premier League was exposed in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
He said: "Both of the little boys have just played soccer in the garden.
& # 39; Harry has been watching old Chelsea matches because he is so obsessed with football.
& # 39; He has blamed all the old games on the Sky scheduler, he has asked me about players I played with 15 years ago, which I had even forgotten!
"Like many, many men and boys out there, he really misses football."
- Visit: www.helpthemhelpus.com to participate in the effort or register as a partner
- Discover more about heroes on Instagram @helpthemhelpus_
Family man: The former footballer said that he and model wife Carly (pictured with their daughter Ruby in 2011) wanted to help those in need in the front line