East Leeds team eam pledges to try and save lives

Danny Jones, front, in a tackle.
Danny Jones, front, in a tackle.
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A junior football team in east Leeds is receiving two defibrillators to use if needed on the pitch, following the tragic and unexpected death of Keighley Cougar star Danny Jones.

Kippax ARLFC junior section is taking part in a scheme run by the Pulse Rate Group, which supplies defibrillators and first aid equipment to schools and sports clubs nationwide.

Danny Jones (front) tackled by New Zealand's Kieran Foran during the Gillette Four Nations match at Wembley Stadium.

Danny Jones (front) tackled by New Zealand's Kieran Foran during the Gillette Four Nations match at Wembley Stadium.

The team, based at Kippax Sports and Welfare Social Club, is to get two of the machines, commonly stored in workplaces.

They can save lives by delivering a shock of electrical energy to the heart if someone’s heart stops.

Paramedics say they are simple to use once training is given.

The young squad is managed by Castleford Tigers prop Andy Lynch, who is backing any move to raise awareness following the tragedy,

Jon Hilton, of the Pulse Rate Group, said: “After what happened to Danny Jones, it is vital that awareness is raised and schools and sporting clubs have access to a defibrillator in the event a similar thing happens in future. This equipment can help save lives.

“The Kippax club contacted and we were happy to help. We are also meeting with Keighley Cougars.”

The company is giving a large discount to any schools or clubs who wish to have a defibrillator on the premises.

Welsh international Danny, 29, died from a heart attack after falling ill just minutes into a League One game at London Skolars on May 3.

A fund of almost £100,000 has been collected so far by his team for widow Lizzie and their five-month old twins Bobby and Phoebe.

A post-mortem has concluded that Danny passed away from a cardiac arrest triggered by hereditary heart disease. Tragically, the heart disease was not revealed when Danny underwent an ECG scan in late 2014. For more details see www.pulserategroup.com.

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