Dean Cox and Harry Lee took a trip to the Haven House children’s hospice during Christmas week to spread some Christmas cheer and deliver some Orient presents to the children and families that are currently using the amenity.
Haven House in Woodford Green supports families and cares for children and young adults with life limiting illnesses across North and East London and West Essex.
The midfielders took part in a music therapy session where they met a number of children and were accompanied by the O’s club mascot Theo the Wyvern and the hospice’s own Henry the Hound. Before the visit Cox tweeted, “Looking forward to visiting Haven House and spreading some Christmas cheer at this difficult time for all the kids and families there.”
The Chief Executive of Haven House, Mike Palfreman said, “Leyton Orient has always been a keen supporter of Haven House and we were delighted to welcome Dean and Harry to the hospice to meet our children and families. What a fantastic and festive end to our 10th birthday year.”
And Haven House PR manager, Rachel Braier explained how important it is to be connected with their local football team. “We are all about grass roots support. We like to keep in close contact with Orient and it is great for us to get our name seen and to have our local football club support us means a lot.”
She also thanked Orient for their donation of presents, “The donations will be given to brothers and sisters of children that we look after. Haven House is about giving support to the whole family and visits like today give the whole family a boost. It’s also really lovely to see footballers that show compassion and excitement to come and visit us; it is important for the children to see role models.”
Harry Lee spoke about the day and said, “It is nice to give something back, especially around Christmas time and to somewhere like Haven House.” Dean Cox added, “It really makes you realize how lucky you are. Coming here puts everything into perspective. It is a great place and it was nice to meet everyone that works here too.”