Continuing our fond relationship with charity partner St. Joseph’s hospice in Hackney, David Mooney and Chris Dagnall popped into to say hello to its residents and day-care attendees last week and ended up becoming dominoes aficionados!
For Mooney, this is his third year of visiting the hospice and his favourite one to date. “I love going there”, commented Moons, “it really does ground you and makes you realise how lucky you are. I always ask ‘H’ (Howard Gould, Community Liaison Officer) when we’re going back and I can’t believe it’s already been three seasons.
“I have never played dominoes before and had three tiles left at the end of my first game so no first time lucky there! But I’m a quick learner and then won my next two games. I was being coached by a member of staff who is a retired nun and also from Dublin so we had a good ol’ chat about ‘back home’ and she blessed me. I told everyone there and then I’d score two goals on Saturday!”
For Dags, this was his first community visit for the club and he thoroughly enjoyed it. “The patients and staff were all really lovely, so positive, and I had a good chat with the Chaplain who just happens to come from Liverpool,” he said. “I’d never played dominoes either but was well coached and won my first ever game. As I scored on Saturday too (versus Gillingham), maybe me and Moons should go back before every game?!”
Halita Obineche, Corporate Fundraiser at St. Joseph’s, commented, “Thank you so much to David Mooney and Chris Dagnall for coming down to our Day Hospice for the afternoon. We are so grateful for the player’s visiting us and especially David who is now a welcome, familiar face. It’s so nice to have this continuing relationship with Leyton Orient and the visits really do brighten up the place. I’m not sure who gets more excited – the patients or the staff! We remain grateful for the support shown to St. Joseph’s by Leyton Orient FC over the years and look forward to continuing to work with the club.”
“It was lovely to see the boys and get my picture taken with them. My grandson is a great Orient fan and he’ll be so excited when I give him the photo,” said Maureen, a Day Hospice patient.
“What a treat! I got to teach Chris how to play dominoes. It’s not often that you get to teach a handsome young man something new at my time of life!” said another.
The hospice building is undergoing a facelift at the moment and the boys have been invited back to help with the official opening. Story to follow.