Players from football club Bristol Rovers have delivered teddy bears to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

The teddies were collected at 'A Match For Emilia' at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday 21 December. The collection was in memory of the eight-year-old daughter of the club's head of academy coaching, Adrian Harvie.

Emilia died in September after a five-year battle with rare condition Alexander Disease, which affects just 500 people worldwide and is a debilitating illness that upsets the neurological pathways in the body.

Gasheads were encouraged to celebrate Emilia's life and support the Harvie family by throwing teddy bears onto the pitch 15 minutes before kick off against Peterborough United.

In total 600 teddy bears were collected to give out at the hospital.

From everyone at Above & Beyond, we want to say a big thank you to all the businesses and individuals who have donated presents to the hospitals this Christmas, including:

  • Access Self Storage
  • John Lewis
  • Sema4
  • LV=
  • Aztec West
  • Nova Primary School, with support from Super Savers in Shirehampton