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WEB GALLERY: Orient stars spread some Christmas cheer

Leyton Orient football players visit Corrington Amable, 14, and his parents in the children's ward in Whipps Cross Hospital Leyton Orient football players visit Corrington Amable, 14, and his parents in the children's ward in Whipps Cross Hospital

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
12:00 PM

Five Leyton Orient players spread Christmas cheer as they visited poorly patients on a hospital children’s ward.

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O’s captain Nathan Clarke, Scott Cuthbert, Jamie Jones, Shaun Batt and Jack Sherratt headed to Acorn Ward at Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone to hand out presents to youngsters and their families who face the prospect of spending Christmas in hospital. While there was a distinct lack of Santa hats, the visit from high-flying O’s players went down a storm – and forward Batt said: “It’s part of our duty as professionals. We need to show our support for the community.”

Defender Clarke, who has done a number of hospital visits at Orient and previous club Huddersfield, added: “It’s always nice to cheer the kids up.

“I’ve got two myself so I can only imagine how hard it must be. It’s tough enough to be in here but especially at Christmas, so if we can put a smile on their face and brighten their day up that’s great.”

One teenager who was given presents by the Orient players was 14-year-old Carrington Amable, who has a benign tumour in his leg.

While he may support Arsenal, the Walthamstow resident was delighted to meet the quintet: “It’s great to meet the footballers. It’s a really nice thing to do to come down here. I really hope I’m home for Christmas.”

Also on temporary Santa duty were Kevin Lisbie, Gary Sawyer, Mathieu Baudry, De’Reece Vanderhyde and Moses Odubajo at Homerton Hospital; and Dean Cox and Harry Lee at Haven House Hospice in Woodford Green.

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