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."
Henry Purdy, a first half replacement for Charlie Sharples, was amongst the try scorers in the 64-19 victory over Aviron Bayonnais on Saturday evening and told GRTV that it was a professional performance, one the team are happy with.
Gloucester's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Following the conclusion of the Stade Francais vs Harlequins game today, round six is complete and the quarter-finalists in the European Rugby Challenge Cup are now known with Gloucester set to welcome the Cardiff Blues to Kingsholm.
Knowing a bonus point win would secure a home quarter-final, Gloucester completed their European mission in some style on Saturday evening, sweeping aside a spirited but outgunned Aviron Bayonnais scoring 10 tries on their way to a 64-19 victory.