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Lifelong fan gets treat of a lifetime from Leyton Orient

For Dennis Parrott a lifelong Orient fan, going to watch the team he has supported for 73 years had become impossible. With a life-limiting illness and confined to a wheelchair, Dennis thought he would never get to see his beloved team play again.

Dennis was recently admitted to St Joseph’s Hospice for respite care for a couple of weeks, to get a bit of a health MOT from the nurses on St Anne’s Ward and to give his wife Beverley a bit of a break.

While Dennis was staying at St Joseph’s Hospice his nurse on the ward, Saad Ahmad mentioned that Leyton Orient strikers, David Mooney and Chris Dagnall were coming in to visit the patients, something they do a couple of times a year. The patients really look forward to seeing them and having a game of dominoes. 

Dennis came to meet the players and having told them he was a lifelong fan David Mooney presented him with a signed shirt, joking that he was going to sleep in it!

Leyton Orient then offered Dennis free tickets to the next home game. One of St Joseph’s volunteer taxi drivers Dennis Ottolangui picked him up from home and took him to the game, along with Saad who looked after him on St Anne’s Ward. At the game they enjoyed the best seats in the house and Dennis was presented with David Mooney’s match shirt. 

Ruth Bradley, Deputy CEO, St Joseph’s Hospice said, “At St Joseph’s Hospice we believe that people should live life to the full until the very end and if we can help in just a small way then we have done our jobs. We are thrilled that Dennis achieved one of his wishes, to be able to go to Leyton Orient one more time and support his team, he’s such a huge fan.

Photo by Simon O'Connor 

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