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Rugby player Danny Jones' widow wins award for defibrillator appeal

Lizzie Jones and Danny Jones Image copyright PA/BBC
Image caption Lizzie Jones's husband Danny collapsed and died during a game in May 2015

The widow of a rugby player who died after collapsing during a match has won an award for her fundraising work.

Lizzie Jones's husband Danny played rugby league for Keighley Cougars and Wales and died from an undiagnosed heart condition in May 2015.

Following his death, Mrs Jones launched a campaign to raise £50,000 to buy defibrillators for clubs across the UK.

She was named St John Ambulance's First Aid Champion 2016 at an event in London on Wednesday night.


Sue Killen, from St John Ambulance, described Mrs Jones, who was one of a number of people honoured at the event, as "truly remarkable".

She said: "They are an inspiration and should all be incredibly proud of their achievements."

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Image caption Mrs Jones was presented with the award on Wednesday night

The Danny Jones Defibrillator Appeal has raised nearly half of its target amount since it was launched in February.

Professional singer Mrs Jones sung Abide With Me before the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley last year.

She was also recognised for her campaign work that has resulted in the Rugby Football League introducing compulsory medical checks for all three of its professional and semi-professional leagues.

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