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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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Danny Jones: Funeral to be held for late Rugby League star

The funeral will take place today of Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones.

Almost £150,000 has been raised in Danny Jones' memory

The 29-year-old died of a rare heart condition after collapsing while playing for the Cougars in London in early May.

Almost £150,000 has been raised by the Rugby League Benevolent Fund for a trust fund for his baby twins since his death.

The Wales international's will be held at St Mary's Church in Halifax.

The wake will follow at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC in Halifax, which his widow, Lizzie, hopes will be a celebration of his life:

We want people to come in their rugby jerseys and wear bright colours to remember his wonderful fun personality.

– Lizzie Jones

Wales to play Keighley in fundraiser for Danny Jones' family

Wales are to play Keighley in a fund-raising match for the family of Danny Jones.

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John Kear, the Wales head coach, says there has been a "tremendous response" to the concept and that his players have all offered to play without pay.

The match, which still needs ratification from the authorities, will take place at Cougar Park on Sunday, October 25, with funds raised going to the children of Keighley and Wales stand-off Jones, who died 10 days ago of a rare heart condition after collapsing during a League 1 match at London Skolars.

Lizzie Jones with her two twins, Phoebe and Bobby Credit: Keighley Cougars

A Just Giving fund set up by the Rugby Football League has so far raised in excess of £124,000, which at the request of Jones' widow Lizzie will go into a trust fund for their five-month-old twins.

Keighley chairman Gary Fawcett says fund-raising will continue to the end of the year in a bid to reach £1million and Kear has confirmed that his Welsh team are keen to play their part.

Jones won the last of his 12 Welsh caps in their final match of the 2013 World Cup, having declined to play in last year's European Cup because his wife was heavily pregnant with the twins.

Funeral of Danny Jones to take place next week

The funeral of Keighley Cougars ace Danny Jones will take place next week, it has been announced.

It will take place on Friday May 22 at St Mary's Church in Halifax.

The wake will follow at Brighouse Rangers ARLFC in Halifax. It will be a celebration of Danny's life, according to his wife Lizzie.

We want people to come in their rugby jerseys and wear bright colours to remember his wonderful fun personality.

– Lizzie Jones

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Trust fund to be set up for Danny Jones' twins

The wife of Keighley Cougars ace Danny Jones, who died from a heart attack, has requested that all monies raised for the family are put into a special trust fund for their five-month-old twins.

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Lizzie Jones wants to help protect Phoebe and Bobby's future using Danny's legacy.

We are totally overwhelmed by ordinary people's generosity in supporting us.

These are the most difficult times and our family find great comfort from our wider Rugby League family. Danny loved playing Rugby League. Keighley Cougars have been fantastic and we are grateful for the Rugby League support which we have received from around the world. Thank you all very much.

– Lizzie Jones

The Just Giving account set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund on behalf of Danny’s family has already raised over £113,000.

Earlier today the club said that it would honour the player's contract with all the money going to the family.

Large crowds pay tribute to Cougar's Danny Jones

A large crowd has paid tribute to Keighley Cougars player Danny Jones at the club's first home game since his death a week ago. His wife and five-month-old twins were also at today's match, which saw a fund set up in his name boosted by thousands of pounds. Sally Simpson reports.

Post-mortem finds rugby league star died of cardiac arrest

A post-mortem examination has found that Keighley Cougars star, Danny Jones, died from a cardiac arrest triggered by hereditary heart disease.

A post-mortem has found that Danny Jones died from a cardiac arrest

The 29-year-old father of twins died in hospital after he fell ill near the beginning of the Cougar's game against London Skolars last Sunday.

Whilst the findings of the post-mortem do provide an explanation for why he died, they allow for little comfort for Danny’s family or all those who knew him.

His tragically premature death is still very painful for everyone, not least because his heart condition could not even be detected by the ECG.

All we can do now is mourn his passing, celebrate his life and do everything we can for Danny’s wife Lizzie, their children Bobby and Phoebe and their wider family.

– Gary Fawcett, Keighley Cougars Chief Executive

The Just Giving page set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund to raise funds for Danny’s family has already received donations of £77,000 and is expected to grow substantially this weekend, when many clubs are staging fund-raising events.

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