Lizzie Jones named a Woman of the Year after campaign in memory of husband Danny Jones

Lizzie Jones launched a campaign following Danny's death from an undiagnosed heart condition Credit: PA

The widow of a professional rugby player who died from an undiagnosed heart condition has been recognised for her work in raising funds to have life-saving equipment installed at clubs.

Singer Lizzie Jones will join more than 400 women at the Women of the Year Lunch next month, where she will be named a 2016 Woman of Achievement.

Lizzie, who will present the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup to the winning team at the final at Wembley Stadium next week, has fronted a hugely successful campaign to purchase defibrillators for community and junior clubs in memory of her late husband Danny Jones.

The Keighley Cougars and Wales international half-back collapsed and died from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing against London Skolars last May.

Following his death, Lizzie successfully campaigned for cardiac screening to become mandatory at every Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 club, as it already is in the First Utility Super League.

Danny Jones died after a heart attack last year

This year’s Women of the Year event takes in London in October.