Orient show support for St Joseph's HospiceLeyton Orient showed their continued support to St Joseph’s Hospice with a large contingent of the O’s squad going to meet patients and staff last week
The visit continues the long-standing partnership the Club have with the Hospice, based in Hackney, which has seen former players such as Stephen Dawson, David Mooney and Chris Dagnall attend in the past.
St Joseph’s Hospice is an independent charity set in the heart of east London providing compassionate support and care for people with life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses covering Hackney and the City of London, Newham and Tower Hamlets, both at the hospice and by home visits.
During the afternoon at the Hospice the players had a tour of the facilities and Dr Ruth Freedman explained what goes on within a hospice, and the vital role that they perform.
Many of the players were on their first visit to a hospice and throughout the afternoon they handed out tickets for last weekend’s home game with Northampton Town as well as posters to both patients and staff alongside posing for photographs.
On the visit, Gemma Cornwell, Head of Community Fundraising at St Joseph’s Hospice said: “It was a great team effort. We really appreciated the players taking the time to visit St Joseph’s, especially as for many it was their first time in a hospice and they weren’t sure what to expect.
“As soon as they walked through the doors, they commented on what a warm, bright and welcoming place St Joseph’s is. Dr Ruth Freedman spent time with the players, giving them an insight into her work and a tour of the hospice.
“It meant such a lot to our patients that the players gave up their time to visit them – we are all very grateful to the club for their support and proud of our ongoing partnership with them.”
O’s captain Mathieu Baudry attended the Hospice and added: “Visiting St Joseph’s Hospice was really inspiring and eye opening, it puts life into perspective. You can only admire the people that work with the Hospice; they are great people that bring positivity and put others first. Being able to see their work they do first hand has highlighted the important role hospices play.”
For more information on St Joseph’s Hospice visit www.stjh.org.uk.