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Bears welcome special guest at Zebre clash

Bristol Bears welcomed a special visitor to last weekend’s European Challenge Cup game against Zebre at Ashton Gate, with 94-year-old Roy Coulter attending as part of a local charity scheme.

Roy, who lives at MHA Hartcliffe care home, played nine times for Bristol United between 1950 and 1953 and met Director of Rugby, Pat Lam prior to kick off, before watching on from the stands as Bristol ran out 59-21 winners.

At the final whistle, Roy was also taken pitchside to meet members of the victorious Bears team.

As part of the Bristol Wishing Washing Line scheme, Roy wished to see a Bristol Bears match. The Wishing Washing Line scheme takes wishes from care home residents and displays them online and in Co-ops around the city.

The Bristol Bears Community Foundation saw Roy’s wish and offered him the opportunity to attend a match and visit their new former players meeting room.

The Wishing Washing Line is an initiative started by FaNS Essex that takes wishes from care home residents and displays them in supermarkets for the public to grant.

The scheme runs in 10 Tesco’s in Essex and has granted over 8000 wishes. Due to its success the Making Pals project, an initiative of Alive Activities, has decided to bring the idea to Bristol. The Bristol Wishing Washing Line launched on March 1st, 2019 and is currently running in five co-ops across Bristol.

Bristol Bears Community Foundation is the club's award-winning charity, delivering programmes that are proven to change the lives of people across the region.

The registered charity works with more than 8,000 people from the local community each year and is regularly recognised for its work on a national scale, winning numerous Parliamentary Awards since 2008.