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Oskar Pycroft thanks fundraisers after target for life-changing operation reached

Oskar lead out Bristol City to victory in last weekend's match

Six-year-old Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft will be at Ashton Gate today.

He has cerebral palsy, and will be thanking those who helped raise the money needed for a life-changing operation.

The £50,000 target was reached at the weekend after football fans walked the 117 miles from Bristol to Wembley, ahead of City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Walsall at the national stadium.

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Jon Lansdown, vice-chairman of Bristol City, visited our studio today after the team's victory at Wembley over the weekend, and he brought the Football League Trophy with him!

Watch below to hear his thoughts on the match, plans for the club's future and to hear what he thinks to Bristol City's chances winning the league.


Oskar Pycroft fundraising walkers arrive at Wembley

Walkers arrive at Wembley ahead of Bristol City's game Credit: ITV News

Fundraisers hope they have made enough money for a life changing operation for a Bristol boy after arriving at Wembley following a 5 day walk.

The group set off from Bristol on Wednesday. They're raising money for six year old Oskar Pycroft who suffers from cerebral palsy. Bristol City have been helping the family of Oskar raise £50,000 for his operation.

Oskar will be leading Bristol City out ahead of their big game today.

"It was horrific in parts, elated in parts. It was really good but really difficult at the same time.

Fundraising has gone well. We think we're at the £9,000 mark but we won't get a definite figure until the final count up tomorrow.

We are very very close to the total amount for the operation."

– Scott Wright, fundraiser walker

"The weather has been great, the group's been great and we've had a lot of fun, a lot of pain, but we've got through it and we've made it so yeah it's all worthwhile."

– Sarra Whitfield, walker

Gorillas pledge their support to Bristol City

Bristol Zoo's gorillas have put their support behind the Robins Credit: ITV News

Gorillas at Bristol Zoo have pledged their support to Bristol City after they were given some new playthings with a football flavour.

They were presented with City kits and banners ahead of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on Sunday. The Robins are due to play Walsall at Wembley and seem to have some welcome support from the apes.


Walkers set off from Bristol to Wembley in aid of Oskar Pycroft

Charity walkers set off to raise money for Oskar Pycroft Credit: ITV News

A dozen walkers have set off to Wembley to raise money for a Bristol City fan with cerebral palsy.

The group left Ashton Gate early this morning and aim to arrive at the stadium on Sunday, in time for City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final. They hope to raise 50 thousand pounds for a life-changing operation for six year old Oskar Pycroft.

Charity walkers set off to raise money for Oskar Pycroft Credit: ITV News

Bristol City go ten points clear at the top of League 1

Bristol City's captain Wade Elliott Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City beat Leyton Orient last night to go ten points clear at the top of League 1.

City recovered from conceding an early goal to beat struggling Leyton Orient 3-1.

Despite Orient scoring within 5 minutes, City quickly equalised with a Luke Freeman close range finish.

Anden Flint scored a powerful header to put Bristol City firmly in control and in the second half Aaron Wilbraham scored his 16th goal of the season to put the game our of sight.

Close rivals MK Dons were beaten at home by Chesterfield which means City now have a 10 point lead at the top of the table.

Tickets for Bristol City's Wembley appearance go on sale

Tickets for Bristol City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Walsall at Wembley will go on general sale today.

Bristol City season ticket holders have had a week to buy their tickets - and 21,000 have already been sold.

The remainder of the 39,000 tickets allocated to each team's supporters will be on sale to the general public from eight o clock this morning.

Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft will lead out the team at Wembley Credit: Bristol Sport
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