Shaun Batt, Gary Woods and Jay Simpson spent the afternoon at Homerton Hospital in Hackney last Thursday.
The patients of Homerton Hospital had a pleasant surprise when a handful of O’s players gave out Christmas presents, free match day tickets and signed posters to them. They visited the Starlight Children’s ward, the Children’s Outpatients and the RNR (Regional Neurological Rehabilitation) Unit.
The Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU) specialises in rehabilitation after single incident neurological events other than spinal injury. The patients in the RNRU were pleased to see Batt, Woods and Simpson. The O’s trio sat around to chat with the patients of the unit and Batt took time to communicate with some of the patients who are still working on their speech and communication skills. Some of the patients use drawing to help communicate whilst others may understand easier with the use of over exaggerated facial expressions and hand illustrations. Woods and Simpson listened to some of the other patients stories and answered some questions before having a group photo with the players and staff. To finish the visit, the patients were then given some presents including Orient kit such as jackets, shirts and tracksuits.
Woods said, “Visiting the rehabilitation unit was amazing, the facilities are so good and it has really helped them to recover.”
In the children’s ward, most of the children were very young and poorly, but the O’s players made sure to give them some sweets and presents for when they recover. Many of the children had just had operations or were waiting to go down to the operating theatre, so Batt, Woods and Simpson made an effort to cheer them up and wish them well.
Batt said, “It was great to put a smile on the patients’ faces and give the children some presents.”
Watch a full video of the day below.