Lizzie has joined forces with RFL Benervolent Fund to raise money to create a fund that will provide assistance to hundreds of community clubs and junior teams across the country to purchase defibrillators.
Defibrillators cost around £1,000 each and provide potentially life-saving treatment to anyone suffering a cardiac arrest.
Lizzie Jones said: “This is my way of saying a big ‘Thank You’ to the wider Rugby League family for all they have done for me and my children since we lost Danny.
“The professional and semi-professional players are now getting screened, which is fantastic, and it’s important that we do all we can to protect the welfare of the men, women and children who gain so much pleasure from playing the game at community level.
“£1,000 doesn’t seem like a lot of money but as anyone who’s been involved with grassroots sport will know, every penny matters and I am proud to be associated with another project which means Danny’s death will not have been in vain.”
Lizzie launched the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund with a performance at the Super League fixture, Warrington Wolves v Hull Kingston Rovers at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on St Valentine’s Day.
And to kick off the fund in style, Lizzie made a personal donation of £1,000 which she hopes companies, professional clubs and individual clubs will add to in the weeks and months ahead.
Steve Ball, General Manager of the RFL Benevolent Fund, said: “We are delighted that Lizzie has asked to play such an active role in the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund and I am sure we will see another magnificent response from Rugby League fans.
“Incidents of cardiac illness are thankfully very rare in sport but the presence of a defibrillator at every match will provide peace of mind for both players and their families.
“Donations can be made to the fund via a Just Giving page and we would urge everyone to give what they can to this very worthy cause.”
The fund is administered jointly by the RFL Benevolent Fund, the sport’s charity, Rugby League Cares, and supported by the WelMedical Group.