Keighley Market traders raise over £400 for The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund

Article dated Friday Oct 6, 2017 at 05:01 PM

Traders and customers at Keighley Market raised over £400 for the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund as part of as special day of events for Jersey Day.

The traders raised £430 on the Rugby Football League backed national day.

Those wearing a rugby league shirt in the Bradford Council-run market hall got a free cup of tea or coffee and were entered in to a prize draw to win two season tickets for Keighley Cougars for the 2018 season as well as a commemorative Danny Jones charity shirt, which was donated by local Keighley company Bryant Plastics.

Shoppers also made donations to the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund at special collection buckets in the market or online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danny-jones-defibrillator-fund

The two season tickets were won by Kevin Holder from Keighley and the Danny Jones shirt was won by Bradley Foulds from Keighley.

The prizes will be presented to the winners on Saturday 14 October in the middle of the Market Hall.

Jersey Day was the idea of lifelong rugby league fan Graham Berry, who has been working alongside the Rugby Football League to create the sport’s own version of dress-down Friday.

Jersey Day had the backing of Leeds Rhinos forward and former international player Jamie Jones-Buchanan, former Great Britain and St Helens player Paul Sculthorpe MBE and Lizzie Jones.

Lizzie Jones, whose husband Danny Jones, a Keighley Cougars player and Welsh international, tragically died following a cardiac arrest in 2015 during a game against London Skolars. She is now campaigning to raise funds to purchase defibrillators which can be placed in rugby league clubs and public places.

A special Danny Jones charity jersey was made to represent his club (Keighley Cougars), country (Wales), number (6) and to celebrate Jersey Day. The shirt can still be purchased at www.rugbystreet.org.uk with all proceeds going to the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “Keighley people are always generous and the amount of money raised at this event highlights this. The The Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund is such a worthy cause and the money raised is sure to save lives.”

Fans can still make a donation to the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund on Jersey Day via the www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danny-jones-defibrillator-fund.

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