Leyton Orient Captain Nathan Clarke and first year professional Scott Kashket paid a Mitzvah Day visit to residents of Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House in Redbridge.
The visit which has become a regular annual fixture was particularly special for one resident as she proudly introduced her great grandson, Scott to other residents. Tilly Stern, (91), who has been living in the home for the past two years beamed with pride as she talked about Scott;
“I am very pleased he managed to get to do what he loves and I understand that he is quite good. My husband, Harry played football as a young man but after he lost his leg in the war he was unable to play. He loved watching the boys play when they were young. He would be very proud of Scott.”
Scott who visits his great grandma when he can said; “It’s nice to come and visit people, chat to them and its always lovely to see my great grandma”
Both Clarke and Kashket met with a whole host of residents, talking to them whilst posing for photos.
100 year old Jewish Care resident and life long Orient fan Leslie Richmond always looks forward to the visit. After spending time chatting to Leslie, Clarke commented;
“It was good to spend time with Leslie we talked about past games he could remember and also the current season."
Clarke continued; “Visits like this give us a chance to get out into the community, meet people we wouldn’t normally meet and its good for them to see different people. It was also special to meet Scott’s great grandma”.
Howard Gould, Orient’s Community Liaison Manager began organising the annual visit five years ago following a conversation with Leyton Orient fan and Director of Jewish Care Neil Taylor. Howard commented; “When Neil approached me about paying a Mitzvah Day visit to the home I didn’t hesitate. I am Jewish and so I understand the relevance of Mitzvah Day. The idea of doing something for someone else. Any vehicle to raise awareness of the idea of doing good deeds is to be encouraged. This annual visit is something the residents and players look forward to. It’s good to be back here”.
Neil Taylor, Director of Care and Community Services at Jewish Care, added: “Leyton Orient Football Club now has a wonderful relationship with the home and the residents look forward to the visit of the players every year. This year was all the more special for players and residents alike – the opportunity for a great grandma to see her great grandson alongside his captain is one we won’t forget”.
Dawn Howes, Care Manager at Vi & John Rubens commented; “We all look forward to the players coming. They have been coming for years now, so much so we have adopted Leyton Orient as our team now”.