As annual guests of the club, local hospices St. Joseph’s from Hackney and Haven House Children’s hospice in Woodford, were grateful to the club and fans for their generous donations once again when visiting for the game versus Crawley Town in August.
Also utilising the Fans For Diversity Hub in the East stand, both hospices had staff, family, friends and volunteers present to help increase awareness of these two fantastic charities and were invited to raise funds via a bucket collection pre-match and during the half-time interval.
A lucky few were also offered the chance to be the pre-match flag bearers and guard of honour whilst some also had the opportunity to take penalties against mascot Theo during the half time break.
Lindy Hunt, Head of Community Engagement at Haven House wrote a message in the Diversity Hub Guest Book. Here it is in its entirety: “As ever, it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to have the support of this wonderful Club. Haven House Children’s Hospice appreciates so much the opportunity to collect here with our buckets, but it is also a highlight for our families who come along in their wheelchairs. They are always made welcome, treated with dignity and feel so proud to parade the pitch and take a penalty or two. Here’s to next time!” Haven buckets raised a total of £433.48 thanks to the generosity of fans.
And on behalf of St. Joseph’s, Emma Harris, Community Fundraising Coordinator, said, “Thank you so much. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was lovely and we were amazed by the crowds! We would like to thank Leyton Orient and the fans for having us once again and helping raise a fantastic total of £405.96.”
The club will continue its relationship with both hospices and intend to have players visit during the season whilst Theo should also be making appearances!
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