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Widow to start charity in Ehiogu’s name

28 Apr

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Ugo Ehiogu’s widow started the fundraising page on Saturday

The widow of ex-England, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu has set up a fundraising page in his memory following his death on Friday.

Ehiogu, 44, collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre on Thursday, where he was working as their under-23s coach, after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Gemma Ehiogu said money was being raised to help set up a charity that would give all children the opportunity to play football.

Over £11,000 has been raised so far.

Mrs Ehiogu started up a page on JustGiving on Saturday with an original target of £1,000 to establish a charity in her husband’s name.

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A giant screen outside Wembley Stadium before Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final displayed a picture of Ehiogu

On the fundraising page she said: “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.”

By 18:00 BST on Monday the target had been surpassed, with £11,150 in donations.

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

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

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