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  • 14 February 2014, 13:07

David Beckham Meets Philippine Typhoon Victims

David Beckham has visited hundreds of people who lost their homes after a typhoon in the Philippines.

The former footballer travelled to the devastated city of Tacloban where he spent time with children in a tent being used as a makeshift classroom .

The central city is still struggling to deal with the impact of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck on November 8, killing more than 6,200 people and leaving tens of thousands of survivors still homeless.

Zafrin Chowdhury, spokeswoman for the Unicef office in Manila, said Beckham was touched by the typhoon's impact and wanted to meet displaced children and their families.

Beckham exchanged high-fives and posed for pictures with children as they showed him their art works.

He removed his shoes on entering a tent where a family has been living, stroking a sleeping infant's hands as he spoke with family members.

He said: "I was humbled to visit Tacloban and see how people are still so full of spirit despite the devastation they have suffered.

"As a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, seeing how children are being given a sense of normality amidst the rubble of their communities has been amazing.

"I want to show people around the world how their generous donations have had an enormous impact on children and their families and how thankful people here are for their kindness."

It is Beckham's second trip to the Philippines.

He visited a shelter for former street children in Manila during his first visit in 2011 and also played an exhibition game with the Philippine national football team.

"He felt very touched by what happened and that he wanted to come back, not do anything else - no meeting, no media - just to focus on children and meet them, encourage them and see for himself the situation," Ms Chowdhury said.

The retired football icon and his wife, Victoria, donated some of their designer clothes to raise funds for the typhoon victims.

The typhoon displaced more than four million people in more than 40 provinces in the central Philippines. At least 1,700 are still missing.

The father-of-four was in New York last weekend to support Victoria as she launched her autumn/winter 2014 fashion collection.

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