This week saw the Orient players head out to local hospitals to visit patients at both Homerton and Whipps Cross hospitals.
Gary Sawyer, Mathieu Baudry, De’Reece Vanderhyde, Kevin Lisbie and Moses Odubajo made the trip to Homerton whilst Scott Cuthbert, Jamie Jones, Nathan Clarke, Jack Sherratt and Shaun Batt ventured to Whipps Cross.
All of the lads spent time talking to patients, posing for photos, signing autographs and giving out presents and tickets to youngsters in the Acorn Children’s Ward at Whipps Cross and the Starlight Ward at Homerton. Whilst the group at Homerton also made a trip to the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit where they were shown the gym and given a tour by the patients.
Orient forward Shaun Batt said: “It was great to come down and bring a bit of joy to the youngsters. Nobody wants to be in hospital over Christmas so it’s important that we do everything we can to put a smile on their faces and keep their spirits up. Hopefully when a few of them are on the mend they can come down and enjoy a game.”
Meanwhile Orient striker Kevin Lisbie was especially keen to make the trip to Homerton again, “It was my local hospital growing up and I’ve seen some of my own children born here so it’s an important place for me to come and visit each year as I know all about the amazing work the staff here do. We are very fortunate to be fit and healthy so it’s important we give something back to those that aren’t as lucky.”