Sporting gesture as Aberdeen Lynx fans shower ice with cuddly toy gifts

Hockey fans donated more than 200 teddy bears at a collection at the game on Saturday night.

Ice hockey fans have been spreading Christmas cheer by donating to charity.

Aberdeen Lynx held a teddy throw for their Christmas Appeal at the latest game against Moray Typhoons in the Linx Ice Arena.

After the second period, big-hearted hockey fans threw the donations of cuddly teddy bears on to the ice to be collected by club volunteers.

More than 200 of the stuffed animals were thrown from the stands from both sets of fans and scooped up to be donated to charity partners Charlie House and Me Too.

Another 25 boxes of food and toiletries were also donated by those who attended the game, as part of the club’s Christmas Appeal.

Martin Hill, chairman of the Aberdeen Lynx ice hockey team, thanked all the fans for their continued support and for bringing the teddy bears along.

He said: “It was an absolutely amazing sight to see the soft toys raining down on to the ice, just as it has been previously.

“I think the fans look forward to the event as much as the club does. And we had a phenomenal amount of food collected in our food bank drive.

“There were 25 bags and boxes after our volunteers brought everything together.

“We realise our fan base has been hit by the economic downturn locally so that makes the effort even more special.

“It just goes to show you cannot put a price on goodwill. As a community club, we are also ensuring that it is local charities who will benefit.”

Phionna McInnes from the charity Me Too recorded the footage of fans throwing the stuffed toys.

She said: “It was really emotional seeing the generosity of fans as the sheer volume of toys came into the rink.

“The children are going to really appreciate these soft toys, especially children with autism who can enjoy the sensory aspect.”