How the heart ache of Wembley catalysed an amazing charity fundraising drive
ORIENT supporter Lisa Harding has been hard at work raising hundreds of pounds for O's charity partner St Joseph's Hospice.
Following the Play-Off Final defeat back in May, Lisa went about designing a poster to remember the day that was a montage of supporters' photos from the day with a message thanking the players and staff for what was a memorable season.
Using social media to attract interest in the idea, she realised there was potential to sell prints of the design and with a bit of voluntary help from fellow O's fan Ray Hart, went about getting them produced and selling them in aid of St. Joseph's Hospice.
The posters have proved extremely popular with £850 being raised so far for the charity and Lisa and Ray were invited to present a framed copy of the print to O's manager Russell Slade before the game, whilst she presented St. Joseph's with a cheque at half-time.
"St Joseph's is special to me," revealed Lisa. "Not only is it one of the club's charities but two years ago my uncle Steven Harding passed away there from cancer. I saw first hand the amazing work that goes on and his passing was with such dignity that it made an awful time a lot easier to cope with.
"I have to say it has all been a bit overwhelming and I never in a million years realised that we could achieve this!"
Gemma Cornwell, Head of Community and Events, St Joseph’s Hospice said, “It’s a pleasure to be at Leyton Orient today to collect this cheque from O’s fan Lisa Harding. It shows that a simple idea can really capture the imagination and we really appreciate the support of all the Leyton Orient fans who bought the poster. We will definitely be displaying it at St Joseph’s Hospice.”
Meanwhile O's manager Russell Slade was quick to accept the framed print and have it installed on the wall of his management room on a matchday, known as 'The Bunker'.
"I think it's fantastic what Lisa and the guys have done and they deserve a massive amount of credit. We're very grateful for their support and the gift of the poster which I hope brings us some good luck for the coming season," said Slade.