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Applications open for Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund

Community rugby clubs are being encouraged to apply for funding to buy life-saving equipment as part of a campaign launched by the widow of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones.

Lizzie Jones Credit: Press Association

Lizzie Jones is hoping grants to buy defibrillators will help junior teams put safety mechanisms in place. Her husband Danny died after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch last May.

The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund aims to raise money that will help hundreds of community clubs and junior teams across the country to purchase a defibrillator, while helping raise awareness of the value of defibrillators as life saving devices to community clubs

Defibrillators cost around £1,000 each and provide potentially life-saving treatment to anyone suffering a cardiac arrest.

Clubs can purchase a defibrillator from RFL-recommended WelMedical by clicking here. Clubs are encouraged to purchase the defibrillators and then submit an application to the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund to help with the costs.

Danny Jones

The purpose of Danny Jones Fund is to encourage as many community Rugby League clubs as possible to purchase a defibrillator via a grants programme administered by Rugby League Cares.

The Danny Jones Defib Fund Grant committee will achieve this through the provision of a small grant to enable and assist clubs with the purchase.

The Danny Jones Fund is now welcoming applications from the community game. An application guide and form can be found by clicking here.

Applications for this round of grants need to be submitted by Thursday 28 April 2016.

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Danny Jones' widow Wembley challenge

The widow of tragic Keighley Cougars star Danny Jones faces the challenge of her life at next weekend's Challenge Cup final.

Lizzie Jones will be singing Abide with Me at rugby League's showpiece event at Wembley on Bank Holiday Saturday

She's doing it for her husband Danny, who collapsed and died during a Keighley Cougars match. Sally Simpson was invited along to a rehearsal.

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Widow of Keighley Cougars player welcomes expansion of cardiac screening programme

The wife of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones, Lizzie Jones has welcomed the news that cardiac screening is to become compulsory in all three of Rugby League’s professional and semi-professional competitions. Danny Jones collapsed and died from heart failure triggered by an undetected heart defect whilst playing for Keighley against London Skolars in May.

Lizzie Jones with twins Bobby and Phoebe at the RFL AGM

I would like to congratulate all the Championship and League 1 clubs on their decision to conduct cardiac screening with their players. Anything the game can do to minimise the chance of another family experiencing what we have gone through has to be welcomed. I would also like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone involved in Rugby League for the support they have given to me, my twins and my family: we couldn’t have got through this without you all. We are enormously grateful for everything you have done for us, it’s been overwhelming. The support of the Rugby League family has given us the strength to rebuild our lives without Danny.

– Lizzie Jones

Cardiac screening has been compulsory for all Super League players since 2012 while Championship and League 1 clubs have been advised to regard the procedure as “best practice.” However following consultation with clubs at their recent competition meetings, the RFL is now making screening mandatory for all Championship and League 1 clubs from 2016. The Just Giving page set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund to help Lizzie Jones and her family has already received donations of over £222,000.

Summer Bash raises £7,000 for Danny Jones fund

More than £7,000 has been raised for the Danny Jones fund by rugby league fans in Blackpool.

Summer Bash raises £7,000 for Danny Jones fund

Danny died playing for Keighley Cougars and more than 1,000 people attended his funeral on Friday.

An online funding page has raised over £150,000 for his family, including five-month old twins.

The Summer Bash is a new addition to the Championship calendar and has been introduced as part of the league restructuring.

Over a 1,000 people mourn Danny Jones

There were moving scenes today as more than 1,000 people lined the streets of Halifax to pay their last respects to the Keighley Cougars and Wales rugby league star Danny Jones.

Today his widow Lizzie cradled their five month old twins as she led the mourners at her husband's funeral.

The sport came together to honour the 29 year old who suffered a cardiac arrest just minutes into a game earlier this month.

John Shires reports:

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