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THE LEYTON ORIENT SUPPORTERS’ CLUB has handed their club a timely boost with a £20,000 donation.
With football suspended until late April at the earliest, clubs throughout the country have cashflow issues to overcome. However, keen to help, and off the back of two previous contributions, fans of the Sky Bet League Two outfit have again displayed their commitment and resolve towards the 139-year-old east London club.
Speaking to Yellow Sport about the move, Deputy Chairman of the Leyton Orient Supporters’ Club, Stephen Jenkins, explained: “The Supporters’ Club has a long and proud record of providing practical support to the O’s, so we were only too pleased to once again assist at this time of great uncertainty.
As always, we are confident our donation – the third made since August, will be put to good use and we eagerly look forward to the time when Ross and the boys are back in action, as well as our renowned bar being open for business and as busy as ever, thus assisting further funds for the football club.”
In a statement on www.leytonorient.com, Supporters’ Club Chairman, David Dodds, added: “At this difficult time, the Supporters’ Club are pleased to be able to make a further donation of £20,000 to the O’s to help cashflow within the club.
“It follows a donation of £6,000 in December and one of £25,000 last August and upholds the long tradition of positive interaction by LOSC with the O’s. I should like to thank our club members for their loyal support in enabling the club to make these donations and to our committee for their ongoing hard work at LOSC.”
O’s Chief Executive Danny Macklin added: “Even at this difficult time for everyone across the country and world, the Leyton Orient Supporters Club’s very kind gesture will help aid the Club’s cash flow and requirements during this challenging period.
“The support from David, his hard-working volunteers and of course the scores of fans using the Supporters’ Club cannot be applauded enough.
“Most importantly now is the time to focus on the health and wellbeing of everyone in the Orient family. We will soon be back to that lovely familiarity of football at The Breyer Group Stadium – let’s cling to that.”
Former O’s striker and popular Yellow Sport columnist, Peter Kitchen, was impressed with the role Orient supporters continue to play.
“The donation is a magnificent gesture and a fine example of the backing from the Supporters’ Club, who’s committee members, who give up so much of their time voluntarily to help to support the O’s,” Kitchen enthused
“Since their foundation in 1977, The O’s Supporters’ Club has raised and donated well over one million pounds.
“The committee members work tirelessly and for the love of Leyton Orient. The bar is always jam-packed on a matchday. It has generated a special family spirit – it is very special.
Kitchen continued: “As a personal friend of David Dodd and Steve Jenkins and having worked very closely with Steve with the O’s Somme Memorial Fund, I’m fully aware how passionate and committed these guys and the rest of the committee are.
“It is always a pleasure to call in on a matchday. There is always a friendly welcome. Congratulations to David, Steve and the team.
“I’m sure the owners appreciate exactly how special this group of people are. They deserve a massive thank you.”