Members of the Leyton Orient squad spread some early festive cheer last month by paying visits to both Whipps Cross and Homerton Hospitals in the week building up to Christmas.
Robbie Weir, Callum Kennedy and Nicky Hunt along with club mascot Theo attended the Acorn Ward at Whipps Cross Hospital, on December 20.
The O’s trio handed out presents to the children, whilst also posing for a number of pictures during their tour of the ward.
Speaking about the visit, club captain Nicky Hunt said; “It’s always nice getting the chance to be able to go and see the kids.
“There is never a nice time to be in hospital and especially over Christmas. You want to be at home with your family and sleeping in your own bed but unfortunately some of the children aren’t in a position to do that this year.
“It was great to be told though that a lot of them would be home in time however and it is great for us whilst also showing the fantastic work that goes on at the hospital,” he added.
“Visits like this are extremely humbling and it is brilliant to be able to put a smile on their faces. If the kids are smiling, the families are happy and hopefully we were able to do that.”
Meanwhile, December 20 also saw Sam Dalby, Gavin Massey and Jay Simpson continue the club’s festive traditions when they surprised the patients of Homerton University Hospital with some early Christmas gifts.
The trio first visited the children’s ward where they met the patients and parents, posed for pictures and handed out presents to the children, before going on to the regional neurological rehabilitation unit (RNRU) which specialises in treating patients who have suffered strokes and brain injuries.
Judith Pie, Leisure and Volunteer Coordinator on the RNRU, gave her thoughts on the visit and what it means to the patients, saying: “All the patients were really happy to see the Leyton Orient players. Many of them were looking forward to seeing them here, so we really appreciate you coming to see us and spending your time doing this it was fantastic.”