The widow of rugby league player Danny Jones, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game, is to run the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K to raise money for the charity established in his memory.
Lizzie Jones will pull on her trainers on Sunday 9th July in aid of the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, which helps community rugby league clubs and junior teams purchase potentially life-saving defibrillators.
Danny was just 29-years-old when he died on May 2nd 2015 while playing for Keighley Cougars at London Skolars.
His cardiac arrest was caused by previously undetected hereditary heart disease. The couple’s twins, Bobby and Phoebe, were just five-months-old when Danny died.
Determined to stop a similar tragedy happening again, Lizzie launched the fund in Danny’s name on February 14th last year.
Defibrillators provide potentially life-saving treatment to anyone suffering a heart attack.
Lizzie, who gave an emotional rendition of Abide With Me at the Challenge Cup final a few months after Danny’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.
“The fund has attracted a tremendous amount of support and I’m grateful to everyone who has helped raise money.
“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.”
Lizzie is leading a team in the Clarion Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge – a popular contest within the Leeds 10K which sees teams compete against each other. Over 60 teams are preparing to battle it out on Sunday.
The Leeds 10K is part of the lasting legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, who founded the charity road race in 2007 shortly before her untimely death.
Since then, tens of thousands of runners have raised millions for good causes across Leeds, Yorkshire and beyond. It is estimated, since its launch, the event has raised over £4m for charities locally, regionally and nationally.
A limited number of places remain in the Leeds 10K.
For more information about Danny Jones Fund go to www.dannyjonesdefibfund.co.uk