A FOOTBALL legend is supporting students at a Sunderland learning centre.
Former Black Cats defender Len Ashurst is a hit with students at the Fulwell Community Resource Centre, where he hands out certificates at the centre’s end-of-term presentation.
Workers’ Education Association tutor Pam Davis teaches literacy and numeracy skills to about 10 learners with different physical and mental disabilities.
She praised the 73-year-old family friend for his dedication to the centre, which offers a range of day-care services for people with learning disabilities.
“Len attends the annual presentation and awards the certificates and makes everyone feel special,” Pam said.
“He also visits at Christmas and takes a real interest in the work that we do. It is a fantastic event and all the learners look forward to his visits.”
Ex-Sunderland manager Len knows most of the learners by name and often brings along photographs and memorabilia for them to enjoy.
Pam, who has been teaching for five years, added: “It’s nice to have someone present them with a certificate. It lifts their spirits and they are so excited.
“He makes everybody feel special.”
Help for 100
Fulwell Community Resource Centre supports up to 100 people, including those with multiple and profound learning disabilities.
They can take part in activities including Fruits & Roots’ delivery service, the Textiles Project, which produces embroidered workwear and baby bibs, baking scones and cakes for sale in the Coach House Café and using the Wellness Centre.