Rovers hot-shot Jordan Rhodes once again proved to be a ‘class’ act – when he dropped in on a local school to celebrate the fundraising efforts of a star student.
The Scotland striker visited Longridge High School to meet 14-year-old Katie Morely, who raised £1,500 to purchase three defibrillators for her school and community sports centre after collapsing at a netball match.
The Year 10 pupil lost consciousness and required CPR to bring back a slight pulse. It was during the resuscitation attempts that friends and family realised that if a pulse was not detected, a defibrillator would have been the lifesaver, but there was not one available.
To reward Katie’s achievements, Jordan was invited to the school, where he posed for photos and took part in a Question and Answer session with a group of students and staff.
Katie said: “I was overwhelmed with how down to earth Jordan was. He made us all feel at ease. I couldn't believe it when he arrived half-an-hour early and he never seemed to be in a rush to go!
“He was always polite and answered any questions that were asked. All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day, especially when he said he'd sign autographs and pose for photos. He never classed himself as above us all, just because he's a footballer, and when he thanked us for having him, well that blew us away!
“A really genuine guy and nice looking too! Thank you for a memorable afternoon that I will never forget.”
Head Teacher Jane Green added: “We were absolutely delighted when Jordan agreed to come and meet Katie. She has done a tremendous job in fundraising to buy the defibrillators and we are all very grateful to Jordan for taking time out to congratulate Katie, as he is her favourite player.
“Jordan met a large group of very excited children for a question and answer session – he was fantastic, answering their questions with a great sense of humour. With his refreshingly down to earth and honest approach to life, he is an excellent role model for young people.”
Jordan, who was recently named Rovers’ Player of the Year after scoring 28 goals in his debut season at Ewood Park, said: “Katie deserves a lot of credit for the amount of money she has raised to buy these life-saving pieces of equipment and so I was only too happy to help celebrate her efforts on behalf of the club.”