Residents relish their Orient-al takeaway

November 25, 2010
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Vi and John Rubens resident Millie Gee is on the ball with Leyton Orient players  Ben Chorley and Alex Revell in Redbridge

Vi and John Rubens resident Millie Gee is on the ball with Leyton Orient players Ben Chorley and Alex Revell in Redbridge

Football fans at Jewish Care's Vi and John Rubens House in Redbridge had a ball as two Leyton Orient stars paid a Mitzvah Day call.

Defender Ben Chorley and striker Alex Revell from the League One club found a number of lifelong O's supporters among the Rubens residents and got as much out of the visit as they did.

"The residents put a smile on our faces," Chorley said. "I've never met anyone aged 104 before and I hope I'm as sharp as they are when I get to that age. I loved listening to some of the stories, especially the one about the poodle that had its own seat at the football ground."

Revell added: "The residents are brilliant and I really enjoyed it."

Melissa Cohen from The Apprentice showing her Jewish Care colours at Rubens House in Finchley on Mitzvah Day as she and resident Hilda Pressman admire the aptitude for biscuit decoration displayed by some of the young volunteers

Melissa Cohen from The Apprentice showing her Jewish Care colours at Rubens House in Finchley on Mitzvah Day as she and resident Hilda Pressman admire the aptitude for biscuit decoration displayed by some of the young volunteers

Elsewhere, fired Apprentice contestant Melissa Cohen joined the Mitzvah Day party at the charity's Rubens House in Finchley, chatting to residents and children from Woodside Park cheder as she helped to decorate biscuits.

"It means so much to be here on Mitzvah Day as my grandmother was wonderfully looked after at Rubens House," she said.

Jewish Care staff and volunteers took a full part in activities with chief executive Simon Morris visiting Ella and Ridley Jacobs House in Hendon where he took on resident Frank Silverman at Scrabble.

"The day means so much to us all, a real opportunity to give a little bit of our time to others and show that we really care," Mr Morris said.

    Last updated: 2:06pm, November 25 2010