Media Release

December 10, 2014

BRISTOL ROVERS SUPPORTERS CLUB MEDIA RELEASE

FUNDRAISING QUIZ NIGHT FOR 6 YEAR-OLD BRISTOL CITY FAN TO BE HELD BY BRISTOL ROVERS SUPPORTERS

Donations for an operation for 6 year-old Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft, will be further boosted when rival supporters from the ‘blue side of the city’ stage a quiz night for Oskar at the Bristol Rovers FC Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 16th December 2014.

Oskar lives with his mum Lizzy in Whitchurch and Lizzy has kindly agreed to attend the Quiz as a guest on Tuesday evening. Oskar has bilateral spastic cerebral palsy which means he is unable to sit, stand or walk independently. He is in constant pain with his muscles and joints. Without complex medical intervention, Oskar faces a life of continuing pain and will never be able to walk independently.

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However, there is an operation called SDR which could change all that. Surgeons will perform the operation in Bristol on a private basis as regretfully, Oskar does not meet current NHS criteria, and so will not qualify for the operation under the current rules.

Lizzy is therefore seeking to raise £50k to enable Oskar to have this treatment here in Bristol. This money will pay for pre-op assessments, the operation, early aftercare, rehabilitation and post surgery check-ups.

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At the time of writing, over £23,500 has already been raised towards Oskar’s operation and Bristol Rovers supporters intend to do all they can to help boost Oskar’s operation appeal even further.

As Brian Seymour-Smith, Director Bristol Rovers FC, said; “There has been significant local media coverage highlighting Oskar’s need for this very specific operation. Many of our supporters saw this publicity and immediately wanted to help and members of our Fans Forum have already made a significant donation. I am delighted to say Bristol Rovers FC and Bristol Rovers Supporters Club share in this desire to help and have done all they can to provide facilities and staff to boost Oskar’s appeal still further.”

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Brian added; “It is only right that there should be rivalry in Bristol which is all part of the excitement of football. However, what is even more important is that football is very much a family. It is at times like this that two football families in Bristol have rightly come together to support Oskar to help him walk. We wish the youngster every success with the operation ahead.”

On January 1st 2015 Bristol Rovers meet Torquay United at The Memorial Stadium and Gasheads will be invited to make further contributions for Oskar’s operation when a bucket collection is held prior to the New Year’s Day match.

Donations can also be made online at: https://www.justgiving.com/Oskar-70/  or text OZZI70 and the amount to 70070.

 

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