THE Kingsholm Supporters Mutual (KSM) has been overwhelmed by the generosity of Gloucester supporters who have raised more £2000 to buy four sets of kit for Bucuresti Steaua's junior teams.
On the same week Gloucester face the Romanian side in the European Challenge Cup; the KSM has announced a staggering response to their appeal over the Christmas period.
Their initial target was to raise enough money to buy a set of kit for one of Bucuresti's junior teams but they have been flooded by donations and support and can now fund the purchase of all four of Bucuresti's junior teams.
Bob Rumble, chairman of the KSM and responsible for the collect, said: "We initially put out this cash appeal for £400 so that we could buy a set of shirts for one of Bucuresti Steaua's junior teams.
"The response from Gloucester supporters has been magnificent, to such an extent that we are now able to kit out all four of the teams with shirts, shorts, and socks.
"Considering this appeal was made over the Christmas period, we had more than £800 pledged in the first few hours. This stunning response surely shows what a special, community sport rugby still is.
"The children of Bucharest have very little and Gloucester supporters' generosity is going to make a big difference."
The first set of kit will be presented by a KSM official an hour before the kick-off of Saturday's game.
The KSM has already masterminded a kit collection in aid of SOS Romania Rugby at Kingsholm but their latest fund-raising effort is a staggering achievement.
Ken Nottage, Gloucester's managing director, who has pledged a donation from the club, said: "This is a remarkable thing to have achieved in such a short space of time and just goes to show what can be done when supporters pull together.
"The generosity that has been shown, coupled with the work of the KSM, has been rewarded by the amount of money that has been raised. It's fantastic."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.