Remembering care home worker James at Stadium of Light

IN MEMORY: Staff and residents of Ashwood Court, Sunderland attend the Stadium of Light to remember carer James West, below.
IN MEMORY: Staff and residents of Ashwood Court, Sunderland attend the Stadium of Light to remember carer James West, below.
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A MUCH-MISSED care home worker has been remembered at the home of his beloved Black Cats.

James West, who was 32 and from Hendon, Sunderland, died earlier this year after battling illness.

James West, a carer at Ashwood Court, who died in 2014

James West, a carer at Ashwood Court, who died in 2014

Sunderland supporter James had been a carer at Ashwood Court, in Suffolk Street in Hendon, since its opening three years ago.

As a way of remembering him, staff and residents from the home, which cares for people with learning disabilities, went to the Stadium of Light to release 25 red, white and black balloons, each with a special message to James connected to it.

Christopher Northam, 55, who has been a resident at Ashwood Court for three years, said: “James was a big Sunderland fan and used to enjoy taking us to the matches.

“We would always have such a good time, so we chose the Stadium of Light to release our balloons, as it will always remind us of the happy times we had with him.” Care home manager Michelle Tzyack, said: “James was a key member of our team and a dedicated carer since the very start.

“He is greatly missed by the staff and residents every day. We wanted to do something to pay our respects.

“So, the staff and the residents came up with this idea with the approval of his family.”