Coronavirus: Bristol Rovers players deliver food to vulnerable fans

coronavirus bristol rovers players deliver food to vulnerable fans - Coronavirus: Bristol Rovers players deliver food to vulnerable fans
Image caption Steven Day said his dad Frank was “really missing his football”

Bristol Rovers players have delivered food and supplies to some of their vulnerable season ticket holders.

The club, nicknamed The Gas, wrote to 760 of its fans over 70 to ask them if they needed extra help.

Along with toilet paper, bread and milk, the players also delivered fans a surprise free Rovers shirt.

Captain Ollie Clarke said: “I don’t think they expect the players to turn up but we’re sat at home doing nothing so we may as well come and help.”

Image caption Frank Day, who has recently had a stroke, was delighted to receive a club shirt (held up by his son Steven)

One of the people the players went to visit was Frank Day in Longwell Green, near Bristol.

His son Steven Day said: “Brilliant, we’re made up for dad. To have these players come round now, that’ll keep his spirits right up.”

Rovers defender Alfie Kilgour said: “That was amazing, especially when people are getting emotional.

“You can literally see in their face that you’re making their day, their year and a real difference at this crazy time with the pandemic. “

Image caption Alfie Kilgour said making people smile and making a difference was “very touching”

Midfielder Alex Rodman said: “You know some of the people we are going to see can’t get out.

“Some of them have got severe disabilities and they’re fans of The Gas, and if we can deliver a bit of joy in this time then that’d be great.”

The first deliveries have been funded by a donation from the Bristol Rovers Former Players Association, and the club has now also teamed up with FairShare South West.

They say they will keep making deliveries as long as they are needed.

Image caption Alex Rodman said it was good if the club could “deliver a bit of joy” during the pandemic

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