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COMMUNITY: Mooney Visits Local Hospice

4 January 2013

O's continue relationship with Hackney-based St Joseph's Hospice

IN FORM striker David Mooney took some time out recently to revisit St Joseph’s hospice in Hackney. As one of the Help the Hospices nominated charities from last season, Mooney was more than keen to go back and re-acquaint himself with some of the residents who had stirred him a few months earlier. “These people inspire you. They make you realise just how vulnerable you are and how life should be valued,” he said. “It helps put my life into perspective and realise just how lucky I am to be able to do what I do.”

On this occasion, the visit took in the recently introduced neurotherapy group for patients with a variety of neurological conditions. Patron Joe Mose attends once a fortnight with his wife and carer Hilda and had just had a massage and manicure thanks to the qualified staff provided. “I’ve had two strokes recently and until this group was set up I used to sit at home and not do much but they are wonderful here. It’s certainly the highlight of my week. We are a really social and upbeat lot and are really grateful to St Joseph’s for providing this service.”

Lanner Feltham, Corporate Fundraiser for St Joseph’s said, “The relationship we have struck up with Leyton Orient has been fantastic and for David to come back and see us is a credit to him and club. We hope the good work continues and look forward to further visits in both directions!”

Another of the regular group clients is Janice Augustine who had also had a manicure and commented: “It’s wonderful to see David taking his time to visit us. My son is a mad Orient fan so he will be very jealous! It will be wonderful to go and watch a game with him and cheer David.”

On departure, ‘Moons’ left behind a batch of tickets for a forthcoming O’s game. He added: “It’s always a pleasure to come back and visit although tinged with a little sadness due to the plight of some of the residents. I know from their reaction they appreciate us popping in but I think I get just as much satisfaction.”

If you would like any more details on the work of St Joseph’s, please visit their website:  www.stjh.org.uk 

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