SUNDERLAND striker Jozy Altidore proved he was made of the ‘write stuff’ by helping out a South Tyneside teenager.
Nathan Brown is a life-long Black Cats fan and decided to express his love for the club in a letter to the Black Cats star.
The 17-year-old, from Whiteleas, South Shields, has Williams Syndrome and has taken to writing letters as a form of therapy. He posted his well wishes to American ace Altidore.
In response, the striker sent Nathan, who attends home and away matches with his dad Andrew Brown, a signed picture.
Nathan, who attends Foxden respite centre at The Wynde, South Shields, was presented with the momento by residential childcare worker Laura Charlton in front of his dad and mum Sharon Clark.
Nathan, who has once been a mascot for the club, and attends Keelmans Way school in Hebburn, 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 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 for the past two years. The centre provides a short break service to families or carers of children and young people aged seven-18 with a learning disability and/or physical disability who live in the South Tyneside area.
Quarriers Foxden service has four bedrooms, including a ‘safe space’ for children with particular needs so they can feel safe away from their home environment. It currently caters for 27 young children visiting at various times.