DIDCOT Rugby Club raised more than £23,000 for charity in aid of an 11-year-old fan who died from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

A total of £23,382 was presented to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Helen & Douglas House at Didcot RUFC’s sponsors’ lunch.

Neve, Paul Parlett’s daughter, player at the club, passed away early this year after collapsing in the playground at her school in Didcot.

Mr Parlett said: “So proud of my Didcot RUFC family. We feel so grateful to everyone who helped organise the day, those that played and everyone who bid at the auction.”

Both charities supported the family in the days following Neve’s death.

In August, the club came together for Neve’s memorial game to celebrate her life and raise money for both charities.

Alison Stone, from the Helen & Douglas House said: “It was so lovely to meet everyone and see what a close-knit community there is around the Rugby Club. You really did come together and support the Parlett Family in an incredible way and it was so heart-warming to see this.”