Leyton Orient mascot, Theo the Wyvern, popped into Acorn children’s ward at Whipps Cross hospital last week to help with an Easter egg hunt generated for the children unfortunate enough to be in hospital at a time when their friends would be off school and having fun!
Organised by Derya Aslan, teacher at the Hospital and Home Teaching Service, Theo helped the children work out riddles to find pieces of a puzzle that would eventually form into the shape of an egg. The children, working in pairs, had to complete the puzzle to win the ultimate prize – a large chocolate Easter egg each!
“It is lovely that Leyton Orient have come to support us and see the children. They loved meeting Theo and I’d like to thank the club for sending him along and also supplying the children with posters. It certainly brought an extra smile to their faces,” said Derya.
Further support for the event came from Barts Charity. Aneta Saunders, Director of Community & Communications at the charity commented, “We are incredibly grateful to all at Leyton Orient for lending their beloved mascot to children at Acorn Ward at Whipps Cross Hospital. For young patients, being away from friends and family during the holidays can be very hard, despite support from hospital staff. Theo the Wyvern achieved amazing results in brightening up the young patient’s day and was a true star of the Easter Egg Hunt”.
And Howard Gould, club Community Liaison Officer, said, “We were pleased to be invited and it was a pleasure to come and help with the egg hunt today. We have a good relationship with the hospital and hope to develop and fruitful and long-lasting partnership with Barts Charity”.
And Theo added, “I’m really happy to have helped with the Easter egg hunt and bringing smiles to the children’s faces. There will be lots of new and exciting things happening for our junior supporters next season so make sure you keep a look out during the summer!”