Members of the O’s squad yesterday spread some festive cheer as they visited young patients at Whipps Cross and Homerton Hospitals.
Matt Harrold, Charlie Lee, David Mooney, Jamie Sendles-White were joined by Club mascot Theo at Whipps Cross’ Acorn Ward, where they handed out presents and spent time talking to both patients and staff.
Jobi McAnuff, Romuald Boco and Chief Executive Danny Macklin also handed out gifts at Homerton’s Starlight Children’s Ward before being later joined by Joe Widdowson as they visited the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit.
Ghislaine Stephenson, Associate Director of Nursing for Paediatrics at Whipps Cross Hospital, said: “These visits mean so much to the children and it is absolutely wonderful to have members of the playing squad come and brighten up their day along with Theo who always proves to be extremely popular with the kids.”
Midfielder Jobi McAnuff was also delighted to put smiles on the children’s faces at Homerton, saying: “The purpose of the visit was to try and bring a bit of Christmas cheer as obviously it’s not a nice time to be in hospital. As a community Club, it is important to show support to local hospitals, so whether we can just come here to give the kids a little boost or chat with the staff who work incredibly hard, we hope it’s been a positive experience for everyone.”
Marianne Hill, Senior Children’s Nurse at Homerton Hospital, added: “It’s always great to see the Orient players during their annual Christmas visit to Homerton. They always cheer up the young patients as they love to see them, and it’s especially good to have the presents that the Orient generously give to us.”
Pictures taken by Simon O’Connor and Polly Hancock.