October 2018 Toys From The Heart

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It was a gesture which in an instant showed the amazing power of sport to lift the spirit and leave us exhilarated. Visiting supporters of Dutch club Excelsior had discovered they would be seated above a group of children and their families from Rotterdam's Erasmus Sophia Hospital who had been invited to watch their football match at Feyenoord. In the 19thminute of the game, the Excelsior fans began throwing cuddly toys to the youngsters below; hundreds of teddy bears, lions, penguins and countless other animals rained down on the seats and overflowed on to the pitch. The Feyenoord crowd roared their approval. It touched the hearts of everyone watching, and gave the youngsters a special memento of a moment they will treasure.