Barts Kids star in Leyton Orient vs. Notts County

06 Oct 2015

Children from the orthopaedic clinic had a starring role on Saturday 3rd October as part of Leyton Orient FC’s match against Notts County.

Barts Charity was raising awareness of its Barts Kids Bones Appeal, which seeks to raise vital funds for projects, services and equipment to enhance care for children in our community with debilitating bone and joint disorders.

12 children from the clinic, along with family and friends, watched the game. Before kick-off, the children took part in a flag parade around the pitch, as well as a guard of honour for the players as they came out from the tunnel.

At half-time, each child took a penalty, before ambassadors of the day, Luke – aged 7, and Rhae’nell – aged 4, were interviewed by the PA on the pitch. Luke told the crowd how he wants to be a footballer in the Paralympics when he’s older, and Rhae’nell told everyone how good the doctors and nurses in the clinic are.

And Luke even correctly predicted a 3-1 win for Leyton Orient on the day!

They were then each presented with a football signed by all the Leyton Orient players, as well as a medal.

Simon Pitts, Community Manager at Barts Charity said: “The children all really enjoyed the day; they were the stars of the show. And it was great for us, and the staff on the orthopaedic clinic, to raise awareness of some of the conditions affecting these children, and to highlight the great work the staff do day-in, day-out.”

A huge thank you goes to Howard Gould at Leyton Orient for accommodating us on the day, and to Leyton Orient FC and their fans for their fantastic support.

All pictures from the day are available on our Facebook page.

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