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Former England rugby star to boost defibrillator appeal

Campaign set up by tragic player Danny Jones' wife, Lizzie

Great Britain legend Garry Schofield will be the star guest at an event to raise money for defibrillators.

He will be at the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fundraiser at The Tetley’s Stadium, Dewsbury.

Danny, who played for Keighley Cougars and Wales, died from an undiagnosed heart condition during a match last May aged 29 and his widow, Lizzie, then set up the appeal and she hopes to be able install machines at half of all junior and community clubs within a year.

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The appeal is being run in association with the RFL Benevolent Fund.

Lizzie, a professional singer, has already successfully campaigned for cardiac screening to become mandatory in the top three leagues. She sang Abide With Me in his memory at the Challenge Cup Final three months after Danny’s death. Their twins, Bobby and Phoebe, were just eight months old when Danny died.

Adam Fogerty, Alex Murphy, Ken Davy, Richard Thewlis, Nigel Wood and Garry Schofield at the George Hotel

She said: “Very few clubs have them at the moment, which is quite worrying as these machines are a matter of life or death.

“They are so, so important and I would like to think that parents will be asking ‘does your club have a defibrillator?’ before their children go to play there.

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Garry will host a question and answer session, offer his views on the modern game and share some tales from a glittering playing career for club and country.

The event, which starts at 7.30pm and will also feature live music, buffet food and a memorabilia auction.

Lizzie Jones, Widow of Danny Jones, leaves the pitch with her children after singing Abide with Me before the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium

The event has been organised by The Amber Ribbon, who have previously made financial donations to support Dewsbury Rams players affected by illness, injury and other personal difficulties.

Amber Ribbon chairman Charlie Coates said: “Tickets for this event have sold well but there are still some remaining. If you’d like to join us then you will be made to feel extremely welcome, regardless of your club allegiances. Tickets will be available on the door priced at just £5.

“We cannot imagine a more worthy cause than this. We are proud to support it and hope Rugby League fans from all clubs will too.”

For further information, contact Charlie Coates: 07425165542

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