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The Bristol City 12 Days of Christmas

City kitman Scott Murray donned his best elf costume as he surprised Bristol's volunteers with tickets to the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Manchester United.

The Bristol City Community Trust campaign aimed to reward those who give up their time to different causes.

The cameras were out as Santa's helper, assisted by City star Jamie Paterson, delivered the tickets ahead of the festive fixture.

Day 1

Street Games is an amazing sports charity that takes sport to the doorstep in disadvantaged communities. We surprised Omar and Abbas who have been coaching local children from the Somalian community at St Paul's Sports Academy for several years.

Day 2

Next up were Mel, Lauren and Grace who have been volunteering for Bristol City Community Trust and the Fives Youth Council, striving to make a positive difference in their community. The trio have been running girls-only football sessions at South Bristol Sports Centre for girls to enjoy playing football.

Day 3

It was another BCCT volunteer rewarded on day three with Josh being surprised by Scott. Josh has been volunteering at the Trust’s disability programme called Project Inc.

Day 4

Day four saw Cherry Kraus and her volunteers at Ashton Park School Sports Partnership be surprised. Cherry has been inspiring children to take part in sport at school for over 30 years. She has been an inspiration and role model to the entire city.

Day 5

Bristol Active Life Project (BALP), help people across Bristol who are living with a long-term mental illness. Day five saw Rene being rewarded for his volunteering at the programme. Through this project, Rene represented England earlier this year at the Homeless world cup.

Day 6

Young Carers Bristol is an organisation with the aim to provide support and guidance to young people who have to look after family members or friends who are facing life-threatening illnesses. They reached out to tell us about 10 and 11 year-old Ryan and Reece who care for their mother who is suffering from motor neurone disease. Scotty the elf rewarded them with tickets to the big match, something they have never had a chance to do.

Day 7

Ashton Vale Youth Club is an organisation with an aim to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the local area. They provide children with local activities to get involved in such as football, table tennis and arts and crafts to name a few. They have been running these programmes for decades, helping children in the local community. Julie, who runs the club on a voluntary basis was rewarded with tickets for her hard work and dedication over the years.

Day 8

On day eight, Scotty the elf took a trip to MENCAP in Keynsham to surprise four volunteers. MENCAP helps improve the lives of people with learning difficulties and their families. They try to improve their quality of life in various ways but their main aim is to see an increase in skills and understanding of healthcare professionals. 

Day 9

Barnardo’s focuses on children across the whole of Avon and Somerset providing specialist support to children who need it. Bristol City’s attacking midfielder Paterson took on the elf role and surprised Harry with two tickets at the annual Christmas party for his dedication throughout the years - volunteering and helping make the Gatehouse Centre a truly special place.

Day 10

Children’s Hospice South West provide end of life and bereavement care for life-limited and terminally ill children and their families from the South West region. Damien has been volunteering for a number of years and was pleasantly surprised with tickets to the Manchester united fixture.

Day 11

On the penultimate day, Scotty the elf visited 16-25 independent people, a charity focused on helping young people who are homeless or at risk of homeless. Tracy and Mohammed were the two lucky people treated to  a couple of tickets for their volunteering efforts through the charity.

Day 12

And the final day saw Naomi surprised at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School during her class’s end of term party. Naomi volunteers at Bristol’s Rainbow Centre which provides a haven of peace for children and their families suffering from the effects of a life threatening illness or death in the family.

In case you missed all the key moments, we have them handy, all in one place. 

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