The widow of rugby star Danny Jones will raise money in his memory at this weekend’s Run For All Leeds 10K.
Lizzie Jones will be pulling on her trainers on Sunday to raise money for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund.
The fund helps community rugby league clubs and junior teams purchase potentially life-saving defibrillators.
Danny was just 29-years-old when he suffered a cardiac arrest caused by an undetected hereditary heart disease.
He died on May 2, 2015 while playing for Keighley Cougars at London Skolars.
The couple’s twins, Bobby and Phoebe, were only five months old at the time.
Lizzie launched the fund in Danny’s name last year in the hope that it would prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.
Singer Lizzie, who gave an emotional rendition of Abide With Me months after her husband’s death, said: “Defibrillators cost about £1,000, which is a lot of money for many rugby clubs.
“Helping them to buy such a vital piece of medical equipment is a fitting legacy for Danny.”
Lizzie is leading a team in the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge – a contest within the 10K which sees over 60 teams battle against each other.
“The fund has attracted a tremendous amount of support and I’m grateful to everyone who has helped raise money,” said Lizzie.
“I know the Leeds 10K is a very popular event with a great atmosphere and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”
According to the British Heart Foundation, around 600,000 people in the UK have a faulty gene that can cause an inherited heart condition, putting them at high risk of dying young or developing heart disease.
For more information about the Danny Jones Fund go to www.dannyjonesdefibfund.co.uk.
Limited places are still available for the race.
For more details about the Leeds 10K, visit www.runforall.com/10k/leeds
The Run For All Leeds 10K is part of the late Jane Tomlinson’s legacy.
Despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer, Jane raised £1.85m for children’s and cancer charities before she died, aged 43, in 2007.
Fundraising in her name, Jane’s family have raised £7.6m for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Since the 10K’s launch, over £4m has been raised for other charities.