Lizzie Jones named Inspirational Woman of the Year
Hopefully by winning this my message will spread even further
Inspirational mum-of-two Lizzie Jones has been named Lorraine's Inspirational Woman of the Year in recognition of her life-saving work following the death of her husband from an undiagnosed heart condition.
In May 2015, Lizzie, 31, from Halifax, lost her husband Danny who collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest while playing rugby. He was just 29 when he died, leaving behind Lizzie and their five-month-old twins Phoebe and Bobby.
Despite the unthinkable tragedy, brave and inspirational Lizzie campaigned tirelessly for all rugby league division players to be able to have heart screening in an inspirational and determined bid to save lives.
And with the help of the Rugby League Benevolent Fund, Lizzie also set up a charity in Danny's name, the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund. Through the charity she aims to get defibrillators into all grass roots rugby clubs across the country. Eventually she wants every sporting venue, school and community centre to have them.
Prime Minister Theresa May was among the many faces who attended the annual Women of the Year Awards ceremony yesterday.
Lizzie, who was joined on the sofa this morning by guest judge Judy Murray, thanked her supporters and vowed to continue spreading her important message.
''I'm a single parent and I didn't intend to be, but I'm not giving up,'' Lizzie said. ''I'm making a difference in Danny's memory."