Mourners gather for funeral of former Aston Villa footballer Ugo Ehiogu

Last updated : 10 May 2017

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

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