Beckham backs malaria campaign
On the eve of Father's Day, David Beckham has spoken out about the devastating effects of malaria, saying he cannot imagine what it must be like to lose a child.
The father of three boys, who with wife Victoria is expecting a baby girl in just a few weeks, said he would be spending time with his family in LA but would be thinking about those less fortunate.
Writing in The Sun newspaper, he said he was backing the Malaria No More campaign, which aims to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.
He said: "Having a family and expecting a new baby should be a special time to be enjoyed, but in parts of Africa the day-to-day reality is that your wife or one of your children might well catch malaria and there is nothing you can do about it - it must be awful.
"No father anywhere should lose his family to malaria.
"I can't imagine what it must be like to live with this constant fear for your family, as so many dads will be doing right now. If your child does catch malaria they'll need life-saving medicine quickly."
Beckham, who has spent time in Sierra Leone and South Africa as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, as well as holding a role on the Leadership Council with Malaria No More UK, said it was a "privilege" to support the charities who work to protect vulnerable families around the world.
"Being a parent is very rewarding but as mums and dads everywhere know all too well, having kids certainly keeps you on your toes," he said.
"We're really lucky to live in a place where we can make sure our kids are well looked after."
Beckham and fashion designer wife Victoria have three sons - Cruz, Romeo, and Brooklyn.