Rugby game in memory of little Isobel

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COMMUNITY spirit was rife as the father of Isobel Dobson gathered together with family and friends to remember the two-year-old.

The toddler from Hemsworth died after being trapped in a van that caught fire at Hessle Farm, Wragby, on September 30.

Father Andrew Dobson, and his partner Samantha Eames, met at Knottingley Rugby Union Football ground on Sunday to watch Mr Dobson’s former under 18 team play against a Rockware past and present squad.

Mr Dobson’s brother, Stephen, played in the match.

Balloons were sold on the day to remember Isobel, and after the game, everyone joined together in the middle of the field and released them in her honour.

Family friend Chris Wagstaff was the dj on the day.

He said: “The turnout was unbelievable. There were literally hundreds and hundreds of people who turned up to support Andrew at this difficult time. It was humbling.”

He said it was devastating to hear the news about Isobel.

He said: “It was a shock to everyone.”

Featherstone Rovers’ captain Stuart Dickens and player Tony Tonks attended the event to help with the raffle. There was also a bouncy castle and an auction. The event raised £2,300. It was organised by Mr Dobson’s friends, including Chris Mitchell.

Mr Dobson played for the Selby Warriors, who are also holding a charity game on Saturday.