O’s players Freddy Moncur, Myles Judd and Jamie Sendles-White were greeted with a warm welcome from the staff and residents of Jewish Care’s Vi and John Ruben House in Redbridge recently when the Club, once again, popped in as part of the annual Mitzvah Day celebrations.
The young player’s followed in the path of previous O’s stars such as Moses Odubajo, Ben Chorley, Terrell Forbes and Nathan Clarke and toured the facility chatting to the many residents who were more than happy have their photos taken and reminisce about Clapton Orient and the players and games of yesteryear.
Now 97-years-old, Harry Buitekant (pictured) talked of attending the O’s at the age of six and fondly remembers waiting outside the ground at the end of games to chat to the players and gain autographs.
And 95-year-old Monty Ward was delighted to speak about the days he used to visit the O’s with his friends, especially enjoying the days in Division One (now the Pemier League)!
For Judd and Moncur this was their second consecutive visit to the care home and Moncur made a special effort to find and say hello to 95-year-old Tilly Stern, the great-grandmother of close friend and fellow footballer Scott Kashket (ex-O and now at Wycombe Wanderers).
“I’m really happy to be here again,” said Moncur. “It’s good to see some familiar faces and chat to residents I met on my last visit. Lots of smiley faces which has been good to see.”
The visit is now in its eighth successful year and was initiated via a conversation between O’s fan and Director of Jewish Care Neil Taylor, and Orient Community Liaison Officer Howard Gould.
“It’s always a pleasure supporting the Mitzvah Day here at Vi and John’s. The stories we hear are vivid and inspiring and the passion and happiness within always leaves us with a smile. We look forward to coming back again soon,” commented Howard.