Wellwishers raise £10k for Mildenhall victim of brutal attack

Football fans have already raised nearly £10,000 in a week for the family of a Mildenhall father-of-three who was brutally attacked and left in a coma.

Forty-one-year-old football supporter Simon Dobbin, remains in a critical condition on a life support machine following the attack in Southend on March 21.

He had travelled to Essex to watch his team Cambridge United play and was heading to the railway station in Southend when he was attacked by up to 15 rival fans.

He suffered brain damage, damaged hips, broken ribs and a broken nose. At the weekend around 400 people gathered a for a charity match at Mildenhall organised in his honour.

Friend and match organiser Daniel Herrera said: “It’s just been awe-inspiring to see the community coming together like this.

“It’s a great tribute and credit to him as a person that so many people from all over the country came out here to support him.”

He added: “It’s crazy to think it was planned as about 20 or 30 people doing something, but it has just blown up over social media.”

The fundraising appeal, set up by Simon’s niece, Elise Thompson, has skyrocketed and attracted donations from around the world.

Simon’s wife Nicole Dobbin, 43, pictured with with children Liam Emily and Becki, said “Simon didn’t stand a chance.

“There is quite a possibility he has a level of brain damage, but we won’t know until he wakes up.

“It is early days, but we’re just holding on to everything he does as a positive sign.

“Simon means the world to thousands, he would be devastated to be missing all this. It’s really hard for all of us as a family, but I’m lucky to have them around me.”

* A 33-year-old man from Southend and a 23-year-old man from Westcliff arrested on suspicion of GBH have been bailed by Essex Police until May 27.

A 47-year-old man from Cambridge arrested on suspicion of criminal damage has received a police caution.