As part of Leyton Orient’s ongoing commitment to engaging with the local community, the recent game against Yeovil Town was dedicated to nearby children’s playground charity ELHAP. Open to special and mainstream schools, the playground is based in North Woodford and caters for disabled and disadvantaged children from across North East London and Essex areas.
Over 50 service users, family and staff were invited as guests of the club and utilised the newly-opened Fans For Diversity Hub situated in the East Stand and enjoyed its surroundings before some of the children took to the role of pre-match flag bearers and guard of honour.
Volunteers of the charity were out and about in the stadium collecting for this wonderful cause and as always, the O’s fans didn’t fail with their generosity with £613 of loose change being thrown into the collection buckets!
And at half time there was a double surprise for the kids as not only were they invited onto the hallowed O’s turf to take penalties against the mighty O’s mascot, Theo, but they were joined by Olympic Taekwondo silver medallist Lutalo Muhammad who then joined them in the stand for a chat and selfies galore!
Rachel Joseph, ELHAP Development Manager, commented afterwards, “Thank you again for giving us a truly memorable day on Saturday. The children and young people from ELHAP got to be the football stars of their dreams for the afternoon. I’m sure they will never forget the experience of scoring penalties in front of the crowd. We’re also extremely grateful to the fans for donating over £600. Thank you Leyton Orient!”
For more information on ELHAP, please contact:
ELHAP (A Special Needs Adventure Playground)
119, Roding Lane North
or visit www.elhap.org.uk