Residents at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House in Redbridge together with Leyton Orient Football Club midfielder, Josh Wright and winger, Jordan Maguire-Drew enjoyed playing a retro game of Subbuteo and chatting together on their Mitzvah Day visit, 20th November.
Football fan and resident, Jack Winter, 94, said, “It’s nice to see the youngsters come and visit us. I had a few games at the Orient when I played for the Leyton 11’s occasionally. I used to live about 200 yards from the club. I started playing when I was at junior school and I carried on playing until the war started when I was 13. After the War, I went back to watching football and still enjoy watching the game to this day.”
The players also met 97-year-old resident, Monty Ward, whose son, Barry says, “Dad was an Orient fan as a kid and used to go when we lived down the road to the stadium. It was really nice that the players came to brighten up his day.”
After the visit, Orient player, Josh Wright said, “We had a lovely afternoon visiting residents at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Ruben’s House for Mitzvah Day.”
Jacklin Stephenson, Activity Coordinator, at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Ruben’s House said, “We are very pleased that the Leyton Orient Football Club players have been visiting us for many years now and that our local team and the Leyton Orient Trust have such a strong connection with the home. Jordan and Josh are a real credit to the team.
“It brings a great feeling to the atmosphere in the home when the young footballers come to spend time with the older generation at the home. It’s a real highlight for us all and prompts the residents to reminisce about their football memories. We look forward to welcoming them back again on their next visit.”