Leyton Orient Club captain Nicky Hunt made a welcome return to the children’s Acorn Ward at Whipps Cross Hospital after auctioning off his boots to raise money for the worthwhile cause.
Back in December, Nicky visited the ward with team-mates Robbie Weir, Callum Kennedy and club mascot Theo to hand out Christmas presents to young patients.
Having been moved by the visit so much, Nicky was keen to continue to show his support for the fantastic work that goes on at Whipps Cross.
And when the 33-year-old scored his first goal for the club – and only his third in a 16-year professional career – against Colchester United in the O’s 3-0 win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in November, he decided to put his goalscoring boots up for auction to raise money for the hospital.
They sold for £300 and the money was donated to Barts Charity who will use it to fund projects in the Acorn Ward.
Hunt said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit at Christmas and all the lads were touched by meeting the kids. I just wanted to give something back and I think every little helps. With my goalscoring record, who knows, I might be back in 2021 with another set of boots!
Long-term O’s fan and club sponsor Stuart Minchin was the highest bidder and on picking up the boots he said: “I’ve been a Leyton Orient fan all my life and have seen all the fantastic work the club does in the community. I decided to put in a bid for Nicky’s boots and I was delighted to help what is such a worthwhile cause.”
Barts Charity added: “We’re really grateful to Nicky for thinking of the children on the Acorn Ward with the money he raised. It’s fantastic to have support from him and the rest of the guys at Leyton Orient.”