Players from Leyton Orient brought Christmas cheer to Children at Whipps Cross Hospital this week.
Players Jobi McAnuff and Josh Coulson, accompanied by mascot Theo, handed out gifts and spoke to children and families on the hospital's Acorn ward on Wednesday 19th December 2018. The club visits each year to make sure that children don't miss out on festive fun simply because they're in hospital.
Leyton Orient player Jobi McAnuff said: "This can be a difficult time of year for some so it’s nice to put a smile on faces where we can. As a club, this is something we are really happy to be a part of and it’s important to us. Even making a tiny difference means a lot.”
Ghislaine Stephenson, Associate Director of Nursing for Children at Whipps Cross Hospital, added: “It’s a real boost for children and families when the Os visit. It’s generous of the club to donate presents, and the players always bring fun and laughter to the wards. We’re very grateful.”
Barts Charity, who organised the visit, have recently launched their Greatest Gift Christmas Appeal. They want to spread some Christmas joy to all children and older patients spending Christmas in Newham University and the other Barts Health NHS Trust Hospitals by making sure they have a gift to open on Christmas Day.