A football team will raise money for a veterans' charity in honour of a former player who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

Oxhey Jets will host a charity football match on November 9 against Icarus FC, a team made up of current and former RAF officers, in tribute to Private Tom Lake, who was killed aged 29 whilst serving with the 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales’ ‘Tiger’ Regiment on November 20, 2011.

Pte Lake, from Northwood, enlisted in November 2009 and completed his training in May 2010. He was killed in an explosion while patrolling the Jamal Kowi area of the Nahr-e Saraj district of central Helmand.

The match is an annual tradition at Oxhey Jets, with last year’s fixture raising more than £2,000 for the Royal British Legion.

Jets’ founder John Elliott takes great pride in the club’s fundraising activities.

He said: “We have always honoured Remembrance Day. It started with a minute's silence before games and making sure players had poppies on their shirts. Then we lost one of our own in Tom Lake and it became instantly very personal to us all.”

This year’s event is being sponsored by Adrian Flux, the country’s largest independent specialist car and home insurance provider.

Gerry Bucke, general manager at Adrian Flux, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Oxhey Jets and the RAF’s Icarus team in this fundraising game.

“As a company and as individuals we think it is important to remember those brave individuals, men and women, who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect others.

“I know the game will be played in a great spirit. May the best team win and, hopefully, in the process they will help raise lots of money for the Royal British Legion.”

The match, at the club’s Boundary Stadium off Little Oxhey Lane, Altham Way, Watford, will kick off at 3pm, after a Remembrance service held at the ground from 2.30pm. Programmes cost £5 for adults and there will be an opportunity to meet both teams after the match.