Teenager writes fan mail to Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore as therapy

Nathan Brown with his signed photo from Sunderland player Jozy Altidore
Nathan Brown with his signed photo from Sunderland player Jozy Altidore
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SUNDERLAND striker Jozy Altidore proved he was made of the ‘write stuff’ by helping out a teenager.

Nathan Brown is a life-long Black Cats fan and decided to express his love for the club in a note to the Black Cats star.

The 17-year-old has Williams Syndrome and has taken to writing letters as a form of therapy and posted his well wishes to American international Altidore.

In response, the striker sent Nathan, who attends home and away matches with his dad Andrew Brown, a signed picture.

Nathan was presented with the memento by residential childcare worker Laura Charlton in front of his dad and mum Sharon Clark.

Nathan, who was once a mascot for the club, said: “I go to all the games and I’ve been to Wembley this season.

“It’s just cool.”

Mum Sharon said: “He has been writing lots of letters, he writes to St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow and quite a few places, it’s something he enjoys doing.

“It’s great the player has done this for him.”

Williams syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone.

It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities.

Mr Brown said: “Nathan loves football and all he ever talks about is Sunderland – so to be sent a signed photograph it has really made his day.”

Nathan has been attending Foxden respite centre in his home town of South Shields for the past two years.

It provides a short break service to families or carers of children and young people aged between seven to 18 with a learning disability, physical disability or both.