One of our charity partners, St Joseph’s hospice, was at the Matchroom stadium recently along with five local schoolchildren who had taken part in their own fundraising initiative called ‘Back of the Net’.
The children had to organise a penalty competition at their school with those taking part being sponsored to score and the respective winner then having the chance to score with a penalty against O’s mascot Theo during the half-time break at Leyton Orient’s game with Bury on Easter Monday and being crowned the ‘Back of the Net’ champion!
David Mooney was on hand to help with launching the bucket collection ahead of the game and said: “I think it’s brilliant that the children are getting involved with the hospice. I’ve been there myself a few times this season and last and it’s my favourite piece of community work. I’ve met some lovely people there and they touch your heart. The penalties are a great idea and I’m sure the kids will have a great time on the pitch in front of the crowd.”
The eventual winner was 12-year-old Simone from Guardian Angels Catholic Primary school in Tower Hamlets who received her trophy from sponsor Andrew Holmes, Branch Manager at Knight Bishop Estate Agent’s in Hackney (www.knightbishop.co.uk), who remarked: “We’ve had a superb day and look forward to the same again next season. We have a great relationship with St. Joseph’s and hopefully can look forward to extending that to include Leyton Orient who have really looked after us today. And with the O’s winning, that capped it off nicely.”
Anita Brien, Community Fundraiser for the Hackney based hospice, commented afterwards, “Everyone had a great day on Monday – the children loved taking their penalties in front of the crowd in the final of our ‘Back of the Net’ competition! Our volunteers collected a fantastic £478.37 from the supporters and this along with the sponsorship the children raised and a generous donation from local estate agent, Knight Bishop the day was a huge success! None of this would have been possible without the help of Howard Gould (Community Liaison Officer at Leyton Orient) and we look forward to working with him on future events very soon.”