Mitzvah Day footballers visit bring a cheer to Jewish Care residents

30 Nov 2016

On Tuesday 29 November, Leyton Orient players, Myles Judd and Freddy Moncur, were greeted with a warm welcome from residents of Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens house in Ilford. The visit was arranged as part of Mitzvah Day, the community wide inter-faith day, bringing together people to unite for social action across communities.

Leighton Orient players bring a cheer to Jewish Care residentsJewish Care resident, 94 year old Monty Ward, reminisced with the boys and was moved when he looked back on his younger days as an Orient fan. He told them, “We played football in the street in those days and all my friends were Orient fans. We used to see Orient play, then I joined the stand as the reserve man at Orient when I was 16 or 17. I love football and I love being with people here.”

The players also met Jack Winton, 91, who played golf together with Monty before they lived at the Jewish Care home. They also met 94 year old Eva Dawson and centenarian, Hetty Tauber, whose knitting impressed them so much they tried on her latest hats and scarves. They chatted and had photos with 108 year old Julia Gilbert, the oldest resident at the home.

Midfielder, Freddy, 20, said, “Everyone’s been so welcoming and friendly and we’ve enjoyed sitting down to have a chat. Hetty is so sharp at 100 it’s amazing The ages of people in the home are incredible. It’s a lovely place.”

86 year old resident, Trudie Stephens said, “It was lovely to meet the players, I told them about my father who was a sports journalist for News of the World, he took me to see the Orient play at home when I was a girl.”
Howard Gould, Orient’s Community Liaison Manager began organising the annual visits seven years ago following a conversation with Leyton Orient fan and Director of Jewish Care Neil Taylor. Howard commented,
“Visiting Vi & John Rubens as part of their Mitzvah Day celebrations is always a pleasure and it's hard to believe this is already our (Leyton Orient) seventh year! It's a truly amazing place full of humour and we always leave feeling inspired and with a smile.

"It's a real eye-opener for the young players as they get to meet and hear stories from O's fans who were supporting the club nearly a hundred years ago; just enthralling. It's important that links are established and maintained within our local community and the O's and I am already looking forward to popping in next year!"

Momarr Camara, Care Manager at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House added;
“We all look forward to seeing the players and I’d like to thank Howard, Freddy and Myles for coming. Their visits brighten the resident’s day so much and we look forward to welcoming them back again soon.”

For more information contact Naomi Creeger on 07776 130 026 or ncreeger@jcare.org

Photos by Karen Zetter Photography