Mourners gather for funeral of former Aston Villa footballer Ugo Ehiogu

Former Middlesbrough and Aston Villa defender Ehiogu died last month at the age of 44 after collapsing at Tottenham's training centre

He was working as the club's under-23s coach and suffered a cardiac arrest.

A fundraising page set up in memory of the ex-England international has raised more than £23,000

His wife Gemma Ehiogu launched the appeal on JustGiving to help fund an equal opportunities charity, giving youngsters access to football.

The page had an initial target of £1,000 but had broken that figure by more than 2,000 per cent on Wednesday morning.

Gemma Ehiogu posted her reasons for setting up the page on the website, saying: "We're raising £1,000 to help set up a charity that will give all children the opportunity to play football

In memory of Ugo Ehiogu #DoSomethingKind.

"Ugo's dream was to set up a charity that gives every child equal opportunity to access and play football

He had already put the wheels in motion

This fund will make his dream become a reality

We don't have a set target every donation will help

Thank you, In memory of Ugo Ehiogu #DoSomethingKind."

A final tweet from Ehiogu went viral after the news of his death, with people from across the world promoting #dosomethingkind

The hashtag was trending in Great Britain and the United States after it emerged Ehiogu had used it on March 29 to describe donating £10 to a homeless girl.

The appeal has received strong support, with donations from Middlesbrough, Arsenal, Rangers and former Villa team-mate Mark Bosnich.

A message left by Middlesbrough on the JustGiving page read: "Ugo Ehiogu

One of our heroes

You will never be forgotten by Middlesbrough Football Club or the people of Teesside."

Source : PA

Source: PA