The fantastic sum of £4,198.39 was raised by Bristol Rovers Supporters through bucket collections prior, during and after the New Year’s Day Torquay United match at the Memorial Stadium, to help pay towards an operation for 6 year-old Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft.
Oskar has bilateral spastic cerebral palsy which means he is unable to sit, stand or walk independently. Oskar 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.
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 current rules.
Oskar’s mum Lizzy is therefore seeking to raise £50k to enable Oskar to have this treatment in Bristol. This money will pay for pre-op assessments, the operation, early aftercare, rehabilitation and post surgery check-ups.
As Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs, says “I would like to thank all our supporters and those of Torquay who gave so generously for Oskar‘s operation. This money, together with the Supporters Club quiz night and a donation from the Fans Forum, means the total donations from Bristol Rovers fans is in excess of £4,650 and I know this will greatly help boost Oskar’s operation appeal.”
Nick 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.”
Donations can also be made online at: justgiving.com/oskar-70 or text OZZI70 and the amount to 70070.