BEN CHORLEY says he feels ‘blessed’ to have met the residents of Vi and John Rubens in Ilford.
Chorley, who visited the Jewish Care Home along with teammate Michael Symes as part of the Mitzvah Day celebrations, was returning for the third consecutive year.
The pair sat and chatted with several members and bought a customary scarf before joining those suffering with Dementia for a singing session.
“I always come away from here feeling very, very blessed,” said Chorley.
“It’s a pleasure to come back here and see the same people that you’ve seen ever year.
“Millie Gee, the 105-year-old, is just unbelievable. They never feel down, they’re always upbeat and it makes you feel humble.
“Some of them have lived through two World Wars and seen some awful things, but their zest for life is just as strong as ours and I’m less than half their age.
“I look forward to it each year. At the start of every season when I come back into training I make sure that I’m booked in to come here.
“These people have been through things in their lives where the decisions have been taken out of their hands and have come through it with flying colours.”
Neil Taylor, Director of Care and Community Services at Jewish Care added: “Once again the visit of the two Leyton Orient players was really appreciated by the residents, staff and volunteers in the Home.
“The fact that Ben has now visited three years running and started to build a warm relationship with several of the residents is a credit to him and the club’s community outreach programme.
“Older people can still enjoy football and since they can’t get to a match at least the players come to them.”