Fundraising event for Jeroen Boere

A special benefit evening is being held later this month in memory of former West Ham United forward Jeroen Boere.

The popular Dutch striker, who represented the club between 1993 and 1995, sadly died at the age of 39 in August, leaving behind a wife Ann and son Brandon. A gala black-tie fundraising evening is being staged on Friday 23 November at the Manor of Groves Hotel in Sawbridgeworth. The evening includes a champagne reception, a three-course meal with wine, celebrity guest speakers and full entertainment.

The event will be hosted by Boere's former team-mate, Tony Cottee with the club legend also expecting several other ex-Hammers to lend their support. "We are trying to raise funds for his family, he left a wife and a three-year-old son Brandon," he said. "It is just really sad to have a dinner for someone who was a colleague and a friend. It was such a shock.

"He was a character but above all he was a nice guy and I always got on well with him. All the things you shouldn't do Yozza, as we called him, liked to do. As a partnership, I didn't have too many games with him - probably the best part of a dozen - but we actually linked up well because obviously he was the 6'3 centre-forward and I was the smaller forward, it worked well and I enjoyed playing alongside him."

For more information about the 23 November evening, click here.