Ori­ent stars enjoy their home vic­tory

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

THERE WAS a “home” fix­ture for Ley­ton Ori­ent foot­ballers Sam Ling and Scott Kashket when they vis­ited Jewish Care’s Vi and John Rubens House in Red­bridge as the club’s Mitz­vah Day con­tri­bu­tion.

The play­ers chat­ted with res­i­dents, staff and vol­un­teers and handed out tick­ets for an up­com­ing Ori­ent game. And the visit was a source of pride for res­i­dent Tilly Stern, 93, who is Kashket’s great-grand­mother.

“I am very pleased Scott man­aged to get to do what he loves and I understand that he is quite good,” she said.

“My hus­band, Harry, played foot­ball as a Tilly Stern and Scott Kashket young man but lost his leg in the war. “He would be very proud of Scott.” Kashket said that “vis­its like this give us a chance to get out into the com­mu­nity and meet peo­ple we wouldn’t nor­mally meet — and it’s al­ways lovely to see my great grandma”.

They found a proud Ori­ent fan in Monty Ward, 93, whose sup­port dates back to the time the club was known as Clap­ton Ori­ent.

Ori­ent com­mu­nity li­ai­son man­ager Howard Gould has or­gan­ised the an­nual visit for six years.

“I am Jewish so I understand the rel­e­vance of Mitz­vah Day,” he ex­plained. “The idea of do­ing some­thing for some­one else. Any ve­hi­cle to raise aware­ness of the idea of do­ing good deeds is to be en­cour­aged.” The home’s care man­ager, Mary O’Rourke, said that res­i­dents looked for­ward to the play­ers’ visit, so much so that “we have adopted Ley­ton Ori­ent as our team now”.

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