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Sleep out on pitch at Leyton Orient raises cash for cancer charity

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Dozens of fundraisers have spent the night on the pitch at Leyton Orient's Breyer Group Stadium to raise funds for World Child Cancer.

With just cardboard boxes for protection more than 40 people tried to make themselves comfortable on the pitch and in the stands, enduring rain showers, and at one point catcing a glimpse of the Leyton Orient fox.

Sheltering from rain showers
Cardboard shelters being put together on the pitch

Nick Sankey from World Child Cancer who organised the event said: “Last year I visited our work in Myanmar and saw a shack in the car park of Yangon Children’s Hospital where parents were sleeping, sometimes for months at a time whilst their child was being treated for cancer.

A sleep out made perfect sense as a way to show solidarity and raise vital funds to support children with cancer in the countries we work in across the developing world”

Sleepers included Danny Macklin, the CEO of Leyton Orient, and Tim Breyer, Managing Director of Breyer Group who sponsor the stadium.

More than £13k was raised by the event, an amount which will be matched by the UK government as part of World Child Cancer’s ‘Gift of Growing Up’ UK Aid Match appeal.