As annual guests of the club, local hospices St. Joseph’s from Hackney and Haven House Children’s hospice in Woodford, were grateful to the club and fans for their generous donations once again when visiting for the game versus Harrogate Town on Good Friday, 19th April.
Also utilising the Fans For Diversity Hub in the East stand, both hospices had staff, family, friends, and volunteers present to help increase awareness of these two fantastic charities and were invited to raise funds via a bucket collection pre-match and during the half-time interval.
A lucky few were also nominated to be the pre-match flag bearers and guard of honour whilst some also had the opportunity to take penalties against mascot Theo during the half time break.
Lindy Hunt, Head of Community Engagement at Haven House said, “I just wanted to send a huge thank you to everyone at Leyton Orient for making us feel so welcome on Friday. All our children and volunteers had a great time from start to finish – especially seeing the team play so well!”
Unified on the day, the hospices combined their fundraising efforts before dividing the total proceeds and were extremely happy with the generosity of the fans.
On behalf of St. Joseph’s, Emma Harris, Community Fundraising Coordinator, said, “Thank you so much. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was lovely and we were amazed by the crowds! We would like to thank Leyton Orient for having us and helping raise a fantastic total of £1140.97 and we would love to do it all again next year.”
The club will continue its relationship with both hospices and intend to have players visit during the forthcoming season whilst Theo should also be making appearances!
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