Sunderland football stalwart helping adult learners

Service users with Len Ashurst at Fulwell Daycare Centre
Service users with Len Ashurst at Fulwell Daycare Centre
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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.”

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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.