Leyton Orient's club captain Nicky Hunt helps raise money for Barts Charity
PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 27 March 2017
33-year-old auctioned his goal-scoring boots and O's fan Stuart Minchin won with a bid £300
Leyton Orient club captain Nicky Hunt recently helped raise £300 for Barts Charity and paid a visit to Whipps Cross Hospital last week to show his support.
The 33-year-old has only scored once for O’s, since joining the club in January 2016, at Colchester United in November.
Hunt, after visiting the children’s Acorn Ward at Whipps Cross at Christmas, was keen to continue supporting the charity.
Therefore the ex-Bolton Wanderers right-back decided to put his goal-scoring boots up for sale and O’s fan Stuart Minchin was the highest bidder.
“I really enjoyed my visit at Christmas and all the lads were touched by meeting the kids,” said Hunt.
“I just wanted to give something back and I think every little helps. With my goal scoring record, who knows, I might be back in 2021 with another set of boots!”
Meanwhile O’s fan Minchin expressed his delight at winning the auction with an offer of £300.
He said: “I’ve been a Leyton Orient fan all my life and I’ve been associated with the club as a long term sponsor through First Class Management Facilities so I thought I’d put in a bid. I’m glad that I can help such a good cause.”
The money will be used to fund projects in Acorn Ward, who were visited by Hunt, Robbie Weir and Callum Kennedy at Christmas time.
Ghislaine Stephenson, Associate Director of Nurshing for Peadiatrics at Whipps Cross University Hospital, said: “It was great to have Nicky visit Acorn Ward back in December and we’re delighted that he has raised money to help the younger patients at the hospital.
“We would like to say thanks to him and Leyton Orient for the support that they’ve given us.”
Barts Charity’s Marketing and Communications officer Rachel Mellor added: “We are really grateful to Nicky for thinking of the children on Acorn Ward. It’s fantastic to have support from him and everyone at Leyton Orient.”
It has been a difficult season for O’s for a number of reasons, but this is a rare and welcomed good story regarding the club.